Beat the Heat: How to keep kids cool this summer
I think it's safe to say we are all in need of a hot and sunny summer this year, as the past few British summers have been somewhat of a washout. After the recent heatwave caught a lot of us by surprise, it's great to have some tips up your sleeve for keeping cool. It can be difficult to keep children happy and comfortable as the temperature rises, especially toddlers. So whilst you may have run out and bought a splash pool, and have hats and sun cream at the ready, here are some more creative ways of keeping cool that you can try with the kids this summer.
Make a hydrating & electrolyte-packed Lemon & Lime CoolerMy kids love this sparkling lemon and lime cooler that is family friendly, low in sugar and packed with electrolytes to replace any that have been lost in the heat. It’s super simple to make and it’s sure to be hit with your this summer.All you need is the juice of 1 lime, 1/4 juice of a lemon, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 200ml coconut water, 500ml sparkling water, ice and a few slices of lemon, mix it all together and there you go. You can add more or less of anything depending on whether you want a sweeter or more tart tasting cooler.
Super simple Vitamin C packed ice lolliesIce lollies are so simple to make at home and you get to cut out all the added sugar while keeping the goodness of the fruit. I always whip up a few of these family favourite Orange and Carrot lollies by juicing two oranges and 1-2 carrots, adding a dash of water and freezing them in ice lolly trays which you can pick up cheaply from Ikea. Not only are they getting a dose of vitamin C but it's also an easy way to sneak some carrot juice in there and they are none the wiser.
A kids' carwashMy eldest loves washing the car because it always ends up with bubbles and foam everywhere and usually both boys are completely soaked with the bonus of the car being clean as well, so a win-win for everyone. It’s a really fun way to keep cool and also gives kids a little bit of responsibility or a way to earn a little bit of extra pocket money over the summer so get the sponges out and let them go wild.
Make a den in the garden
Kids love nothing better than building things so this is going back to basic camping roots by getting a piece of tarpaulin, string and creating a den or shelter in the garden that doubles up as a kids hideout or clubhouse, a place especially for them but also provides somewhere out of the sun and a way to keep cool. You may need to help or supervise the building of the shelter or den but it’s something you can do all together. You could even serve a little picnic lunch to them under the den.
Head for the woodsOn sunny days most of us head for the beach but if you're looking to escape the warm than why not head to the cooling canopies and shaded woodlands that are aplenty in the UK? We have often found the ancient woodlands near us as a great sanctuary when it gets that little bit too hot and humid as it allows time to be outside and within nature but it’s certainly a lot cooler in the shade and under the trees. It’s also a fantastic cost-effective way to keep cool but still active.
A few other quick and easy ideas to keep kids cool and happy is a water balloon fight, freezing small toys in ice and excavating them, go wild with the sprinkler and setting up a water tray with all things 'bubbles'. Just make sure you get them to drink lots, stay hydrated and be sun safe!
For more tips check out Susie Verrill's tips for surviving the summer