Monday, July 21, 2014

10 Ways to Cool Off on a Hot Day!

We are in the dog days of summer. It is hot and hotter. The best part of these days are finding ways to cool down and stay cool.  Today we're sharing 10 ways to cool off on a hot day.  We'd love to hear how you are cooling off this summer to.  Leave us a comment and tell us how your staying cool or give us a tweet.

My guy loves anything and I do mean anything to do with water.  He would stay in the pool an entire day if If he could.  I have loved watching his swimming skills grow this summer.  Water days are very important to us both.

Here are 10 ways we are staying cool this summer!10 Ways to Stay Cool This summer photo 102aystostaycool7.jpg 

  1. Your favorite watering hole is a great place to spend the day playing and cooling off.  A couple of our favorites here in Florida : Fanning Springs State Park, and  Little Talbot Island State Park.  
  2. Splash Pads and Parks are Cool!  Splash pads are paradise when you have a younger child.  Some of our favorite splash parks so far: Alachua Recreation Department Splash Park and the St.Augustine Pier Splash Pad.  Lake Butler Florida also just opened a brand new splash park this year on the lake. 
  3. Water Parks - Water Parks are our Friends.  Well we love them here anyway. They are great entertainment for the older kids and little ones.  A favorite this year was our trip to Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park in Destin , Florida. 
  4. Make your own water sprinkler.  Here is our budget sprinkler made with a 2 liter soda bottle. 
  5. Playing with Ice :  Freeze some toys and let your child work on excavating them. Here is an Ice Play dinosaur activity that we did with dinosaurs in blocks of ice at  the water table. Other fun ideas for Ice play we think sound great are: Magnetic Ice fishing by Growing a Jeweled Rose , and Ice Painting or playing with Ice Sailboats found over at She Knows  . 
  6. Make your own water wall.  Here are some ideas for water walls: We made this  Soda Bottle Water Wall  and it was a hit with the kids. This idea for a Pool Noodle Water Wall  by Teaching Mama  looks like the coolest.  
  7. Try a DIY slip and slide we liked this tutorial from Inner Child Fun. 
  8. I scream you scream we all scream for Ice Cream. Ice Cream is easy enough to do. You can have a bowl, an ice cream float, a sundae , milk shake or cone whatever you decide on it'll be a treat!  Or head on out to explore and find a favorite local ice cream shop. 
  9. Make your own water blob.  We haven't made one yet but they sure do look neat oh.  Here is a Water Blob tutorial from the Clumsy Crafter you might find helpful. Or maybe this backyard water bed post from Utah County Mom will be helpful.
  10. Make your own Ice Pops or give a smoothie recipe a try . 
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