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Now summer is here, the children can't wait to get outside in the warm sunshine, but what can you do to keep them as cool as possible on the hottest days? Here are a few ideas!
- Squirt - find some water guns and have a water fight! Or, use an old washing-up liquid bottle which are possibly easier for little ones to use... just squeeze rather than pulling a trigger. Or, if you have any water sprays for plants, fill these with water and have fun!
- Set some ice to freeze in the freezer the night before. Colour the ice cubes with food colouring and watch them melt in the paddling pool. Or, use larger containers: ice-cream tubs make huge blocks, or fill sandwich bags with water to make funny shapes. You could float plastic mini beasts in the tubs before freezing so the children can watch the creatures appear as the ice melts! To make clear ice, boil the water in a kettle first to remove the air.
- Fill the paddling pool and have story time with your feet in the cool water! A great idea for calming the children down before nap time and nice and cool for you too!
- Put cartons of juice in the freezer and use them for drinks. If you defrost for a while, before you need them they will be icy cold. Or freeze tubes of yoghurt so they make a creamy icy snack.
- Eating ice lollies can be expensive, so make your own! Make lolly pops by freezing juice in paper cups and pop a lolly pop stick inside.
- Making a crushed ice drink is a fun way of keeping the children hydrated. Make up a juice in a plastic cup and pop in the freezer. Keep stirring to break up the ice crystals as they form and when half way between drink and ice, serve with a straw.
- Cool snacks such as strawberries, watermelon, grapes and cucumber taste refreshing straight from the fridge, so keep some prepared ready for a quick fruit feast.
- Make a den using old sheets and frames such as an ironing board, clothes airer, chairs etc. It will be cooler inside and keep the kids occupied for ages.
Have fun, and keep yourselves as cool as cucumbers!