It is important to be safe during high heat days so spend time outside in moderation with the supervision of an adult. Always remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. The shade is a great place to play. Also earlier and later in the day can offer a little relief from the heat. Remember not to exert yourself because dehydration can happen so quickly. Be safe and have fun!
Water Balloon Splat For this game you will need water balloons, sidewalk chalk and a tape measure. First you throw a water balloon, next you measure your splat. How big, small, long, short, wiggly or straight can you make your splat? You can keep track of your measurements with your sidewalk chalk. Challenge yourself or a friend.
Frozen T-shirts This game is especially fun and refreshing on extra hot days.
About two hours before you are ready to play you will need to prepare the t-shirts. Take generously damp t-shirts and fold them individually neat and tight. Place them in the freezer until frozen. You can choose to play competitively or cooperatively. If you are feeling competitive separate into groups, each group will get a frozen t-shirt. The first group using body heat to thaw the t-shirt and put it on a player wins. If you want to play cooperatively you can work on thawing the t-shirt together and set a goal time to beat.
Puddle Picassos Sidewalk chalk is a classic summer pastime but it becomes so much more by adding something as simple as water. Chalk colors become more vibrant when you use them when they are wet or when you draw on a wet surface. Experiment with wetting or soaking the chalk, also try wet chalk on a dry surface or dry chalk on a wet surface. The possibilities are endless and quite messy so for this water play activity I suggest bathing suits.
Refreshing recyclables Simple water play can keep young children occupied for considerable lengths of time. It’s a fun and easy activity with as little as a bin and some water. You can also add household items or recyclables including cups, bottles, measuring cups and spoons. For added interest you could poke holes in some of the plastic cups or water bottles. Your child will have a great time spilling, pouring, measuring and splashing.
Hello hydration It is always important to stay hydrated and especially so during high summer heat. Infused water is a healthy way to get fluids into children who might not enjoy or want plain water. There are many ingredients you can infuse into water to add fun refreshing flavors. Try cucumbers, berries, lemons, limes, oranges, or pineapples. You can even add herbs like mint or basil for a little extra something. There are so many possibilities. Your child will love creating his/her own recipes and taste testing the finished product. Add ice and enjoy.