Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Don't Let the Heat Win

It's been quite awhile since I've participated in a Blog Cruise, but the current topic is Beating the Summer Heat.  As you know, I strongly believe that kids need to be outside playing and exploring as much as possible, not matter what the weather.  However, the summer heat can quickly make the kids hot, cranky and miserable, and that just leads to a cranky momma.  So to still enjoy the outdoors, I have to find ways to keep cool!

There are some obvious ways to beat the heat when we're playing outside.

Protect from the Sun
Remember to wear hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and other protective gear to block out the sun.  Red and Crispy is no fun at all!

Plan Outdoor Time Wisely
We generally go outside early.  We play or do nature study in the shade, and then we come in for quiet/nap time when the baby is ready for her nap.  We enjoy the AC inside during the hottest part of the day, and we often go back outside after dinner.

Field Trip
Take a trip somewhere fun to cool off.  Indoor places like movie theaters, bowling alleys, and museums are a fun way to beat the heat during the hottest part of the day.  Or take a trip to the pool (if you don't have one), lake or the water park!

Stay Hydrated
I like to freeze water bottles to take outside, because it will melt quickly enough that there's water by the time we're thirsty, but it stays cool a little longer because it's one large chunk of ice.  Good snacks are cold & juicy fruits like melons, grapes or frozen berries.

Water Wars
Our summers are short, so we have to take advantage of any chance to have water wars!  Water balloons, water guns, whatever you want to use...fill it up and have fun!

Pinterest Summer Ideas
Pinterest always has a plethora of ideas, and I'm looking at some for an August birthday party.  Water Balloon Basketball, Ice Cube Paint, and Ice Eggs are just a few ideas on my Summer Fun Pinterest board that would be awesome ways to beat the heat!

What are your favorite summer activities?  How do you keep cool during heat waves?

This is a blog cruise, so be sure to check out how other crew members are beating the heat this summer!

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