Summer’s here, bringing with it blues skies, sunshine and the top priority: keeping kids cool.
We want our children to be enjoying themselves all summer long but hot and cranky kids aren’t much fun – for them or us!
So here, with the help of our wonderful Facebook community, are our favourite ways for keeping kids cool whilst still having lots of summer fun. (Thanks to Jules, Nichola, Gayla, Tina, Michele and Debi for sharing their tips)
Keeping kids cool: planning
Plan your day around the season: getting some outdoor play in at the beginning and end of the day, but keeping out of the sun between 12 and 3pm. And provide interesting activities to keep them engaged but relaxing while they’re indoors. Painting or junk modelling or playdough are some of our favourites when the children need some quiet time.
Keep clothing cool: loose cotton clothes, swimsuits or nothing but sun cream. Add a sun hat to provide shade for their face.
Use aromatherapy to create a chilled atmosphere, using peppermint or citrus oils in a burner.
Build a chill-out zone, either inside or in the shade of a tree, for the children to use whenever they need a pitstop. Use a blanket and big cushions, and provide books to read, fans to waft and ready supply of cool drinks.
Keeping kids cool: play ideas
Bring on the water and let the kids keep themselves cool while they play. A paddling pool, a water wall, sprinklers to run through or even a garden hose draped over a washing line to make a gentle waterfall. Our Carnival of Water Play has lots of ideas to inspire you.
Try an ice-cold sensory tub: great for even very little ones. Just add ice cubes to a bowl of water or the tray of their high chair and let them explore. You could use fruit juice or a little food colouring to make the ice cubes to add some colour fun too.
Spritz the kids with a spray bottle of cooled water – give them their own bottles to spray each other, or keep a travel-sized bottle in your bag to cool down when you’re out and about.