Barbie Lemonade Stand Fun - Learning Through Dreamtopia

Lesson: Teamwork

Lemonade Stand

In this episode, Chelsea and Barbie convince an embarrassed Notto to rebuild his failed lemonade-making invention. The whole gang pitches in to help and he saves the day by using his baby blanket to fix the Lemonator.

Teamwork is important because it helps young children develop a greater sense of social competency as they learn to correctly interpret and respond to their peers’ needs. This lemonade stand activity uses selling lemonade to demonstrate how to work together as team.

ACTIVITY: Lemonade Stand

A small group (2 – 3 children) supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need

  • Paper and markers to make signs and flyers for the lemonade stand
  • Lemonade
  • Cups and ice
  • Container for money
  • Table, plastic tablecloth, and chairs

What To Do

  1. Work with your child to come up with a team (e.g., siblings or friends).
  2. Assign jobs to each child. They can take turns doing different ones if they like.
  3. Gather all your materials.
  4. Tell your friends and family about the lemonade stand and pass out flyers.
  5. Serve lemonade for a fee.
  6. Working together can be even more gratifying if the lemonade stand helps the children raise money for something they care about, like pet adoption.

Discussion Questions

  • Why didn’t Notto want to show the other children his baby blanket? How did he feel? How did he let his friends know how he felt?
  • When Notto gets to be part of the team that fixes the Lemonator, he turns his frown upside down and into a smile. Ask the children to describe how he feels. At the end of the story, is Notto still embarrassed about having a baby blanket?

Follow-Up Activities

Simple relay races or obstacle courses are great team activities.

Books

The Enormous Potato, by Aubrey Davis (Kids Can Press, 1997)
Snake Alley Band, by Elizabeth Nygaard (Yearling, 1998)