It’s 100 degrees outside. No way around it. It’s hot.
So what do you do when not only the kids are hot and bored, but you’re feeling lethargic? Here are five simple things you can do to keep them, and you, distracted and entertained.
Make Some Ice – This isn’t just any ice, it’s decorative, fun to eat and easy to make ice. Gather up pansies (or another edible flower) or some small berries like raspberries or blueberries and pop them in the ice tray. Fill them up beyond the lower break lines and pop them in the freezer. Come back in a couple hours for a delightful and fun way to drink. If you don’t have flowers or berries, pour some juice in for easy popsicles. Or pop them in seltzer water for a delightful and fizzy treat.
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Water Jug Game – You might already have a sprinkler but the kids are tired of running through it. Give them a goal! Here’s what you’ll need: 2 large buckets, 2 large sponges, 2 funnels, 2 empty milk jugs, a water source.
1. Fill up buckets with water. Place funnels in empty milk jugs at least twenty feet away.
2. Have kids line up next to buckets. The first player soaks up water with the sponge and hands it to the next player. When it gets to the last player, they squeeze out the sponge in the jug through the funnel. When it’s dry, they run to the start of the line and soak up water in the sponge.
3. Repeat until the winning team has filled the entire jug!
The kids might work up even more of a sweat but if you use cold water out of the hose, they won’t mind with a flying sponge coming at them!
Make Your Own Slide – Pick up large plastic sheeting from the hardware store. Find a smooth area on the lawn (pick up all rocks, sticks and objects that could tear the sheet or hurt the kids). Turn on the hose and leave at the top of the sheet. Slide away!
Make (delicious) Lemonade – Ever noticed that the sugar doesn’t melt when you toss it into the lemonade? Make some simple syrup, a concoction of sugar and water beforehand. That ensures a nice balance of sweet and sour, just like you’d expect.
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- 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
1. Make simple syrup by heating sugar and water until sugar is fully dissolved in a saucepan.
2. Squeeze 4-6 lemons, enough to get 1 cup of juice. Use a sieve to catch seeds.
3. Combine syrup, lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water. Add ice or chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Add lemon slices and enjoy. Or better yet, add some of the decorative ice cubes you made earlier!
Water Balloons – No instructions needed!
Image: Sylly Billy water balloons
Good luck and stay cool out there!