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Parents

Hey, raising kids is hard! Encouraging your child to develop skills in entrepreneurship helps them become better problem solvers, leaders, and collaborators with a team. Eseedling has fun resources for the whole family to get involved in learning about entrepreneurship and encouraging the development of these skills. Want to get your child started with entrepreneurship – Try out a free preview of our NEW online Business Boot Camp for Kids

“I put the workbooks in the hands of my children first, who are all home schooled and starting businesses. They loved it and learned a lot.” ~Kristina, Home School Parent/Teacher

Ideas to start teaching kids about business and entrepreneurship

Run a Lemonade Stand

It seems obvious but, but running a lemonade stand is one of the easiest ways to have kids learning about business. Have them come up with a company name, plan out what it will look like (colors, feel, what the stand will look like, etc.), and then make business decisions such as:

  • What they are going to sell (flavors, slushies, regular, treats)
  • Creating a budget for it (research costs at the local grocery store)
  • Where it will be located (if it’s not in your yard, you will need to check with your locality for permits)
  • If they are going to donate the money to a cause.

They will need to create the stand and display, marketing materials, figure out how to get the word out, figure out how to get the money to buy the supplies, buy the supplies and then run the stand. It really is a great introduction into running a business and they will learn problem-solving, financial management and communication skills while having fun.

Visit Local Businesses

Entrepreneurs love to tell their story and one of the best way to learn about different businesses is by visiting them and asking questions. Choose a time that is not extremely busy (i.e. if it’s a restaurant don’t go during busy meal times) and then ask if you can speak to the owner about their business. If they are too busy, ask if there is a time that you can come back and learn more about their business. When you are done visiting, don’t forget to send a thank you note! Through this activity, the kids will learn about their local economy and start to build relationships with the businesses in their area.

Attend a Youth Entrepreneur Camp

one of the funnest and fastest way to learn about business and entrepreneurship is through a camp, after-school program or club specifically for entrepreneurship.  Many programs have the kids work on their own business idea in addition to learning business basics, visiting entrepreneurs and having guest speakers. Kids usually have the opportunity to present their business idea and some of the longer programs even include putting their business into action. New camps and programs are popping up more and more, so if you don’t find something in your area check with your local chamber, school, local business school as they may know of something. If you are in Madison, WI – we have a youth entrepreneur camp for Middle-school aged kids at UW-Madison and E-seedling has youth entrepreneurship camps for kids for ages 10 and up.

Play Business Games

There are several games both board and online that can help kids learn about business. Here are a few to check out:

  • Biz Ops Game – Home Edition, this game is one of the favorite activities at our Youth Entrepreneur Camp and the kids asked for a version they could play at home. This version is for 4-6 players and each player comes up with a company name for their own paper airplane business. They then design, test and make paper airplanes, budget expenses, sell them to the customer, track sales and expenses. The player with the most profit wins. Learn more about the Biz Ops Game.
  • PBS kids online game – Fizzy’s Food truck let’s kids run a food truck business  http://pbskids.org/lunchlab/games/food-truck

Solutions for Parents and Young Entrepreneurs

Biz-Ops Game

Engage youth entrepreneurship with this fun, interactive game that simulates running a paper airplane business, teaching business operations in less than 90 minutes.

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You're Never Too Young to Start A Business Book

Our e-book “You’re Never too Young to Start a Business” is the perfect way to get your kids started with entrepreneurship. It takes the kids through how to choose their idea, test it out and then develop it as a business so they can start and run it. Includes a free downloadable workbook included with the e-book!

More Than A Lemonade Stand™ Book

Discover activities and content to help teach your kids entrepreneurship with the More Than a Lemonade Stand™ book, including all of the activities and curriculum ideas you need to help your kids get started on their entrepreneurial journey.

Youth Entrepreneur Camps or Clubs

Get details on our next Young Entrepreneur Camp in Madison, WI!

Youth Entrepreneur Curriculum

Lead your own entrepreneurship experiences with this toolkit that includes all the essential resources you need!

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Customization For Your Homeschool or Family

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