Image: First lemonade stand by Rebecca Schley on Flickr

Enterprise education brings into play many curriculum learning areas including Technology, English, Maths and the Arts. The following online resources include information on how to set up a small business, design and develop products and services, advertising and marketing. There are also links to famous New Zealand innovators who have attained global success. SCIS 1698367

see also: AdvertisingFair TradeFinancial literacy

Don’t Buy It: Get Media Smart!

Don’t Buy It educates young people to become smart consumers. It includes activities and games on a variety of topics including designing a cereal box, creating an advertisement, and outlines some of the tricks advertisers use.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Kids Think Design
This website promotes design thinking in children and provides a showcase for kids' design projects. It includes aspects such as fashion, products, graphics and architecture.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

To discover information on the schoolwork site ManyAnswers, use the search term entrepreneurs.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

The Mint
All aspects of money including earning, saving, spending, investing, donating, safeguarding, and borrowing are covered on this site. There are specific pages on business planning, being your own boss and ways that children can earn money.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

NZ Edge Legends
This website has a section dedicated to New Zealand originators – those inventors, designers and innovators that have created something unique. The website includes biographical information and photographs.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Social Studies for Kids - Economics
Explore basic economic concepts such as wants vs. needs, supply and demand, trade and budgets - and for fun, check out the Lemonade Stand game.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Teach a Man to Fish
Teach a Man to Fish is an organisation that develops business skills education within third world countries. Their website includes a series of business start up guides for use in schools and the products include dried fruit, jam and solar cookers. These downloadable guides contain basic facts about the product, what you need to get started and costs.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Teaching Kids Business: Lemonade Stand Program
The Lemonade Stand Program includes information on how children can plan and implement a lemonade stand and learn some basic business skills along the way.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The Berenstain Bears’ lemonade stand, by Mike Berenstain, 2014 (picture book)
The Get Rich Quick Club, by Rose Impey, 2011 (junior fiction)
How to sell toothpaste, by Leonie Thorpe, 2012 (junior fiction)
Super Finn, by Leonie Agnew, 2011 (junior fiction)
Yes, by Deborah Burnside, 2011 (YA fiction)

Children's Business Fair 2011. The Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence. YouTube. 3.57