3 Ideas to Stay Cool this Summer (for Kids)
- Kids will love the idea of ice cream for lunch. Make thick, healthy fruit smoothies any time of the day and serve in a bowl as “ice cream.” Use a banana as the base ingredient and anything blended in will be sweetened plenty (even greens!). Add sprinkles or a cherry on top for extra fun. Protein-rich toppings could be “whipped cream” (honey-sweetened Greek yogurt) and different kinds of chopped nuts. Banana pineapple sundae with whipped cream and pecans on top? Yes, please!
- Make pretty popsicles. Freeze fruit juice (diluted one-third to one-half with water) and add blue berries for a polka dot look. For a floral popsicle, freeze lemonade with petals of organically-grown pansies, roses or calendula. Adding in a piece of frozen mandarin orange could be fun as well. White grape juice would pair well frozen raspberries or flower petals. Mix and match ideas all season long.
- Fashion an outdoor water park at home. Regardless of how much space you have outside, you can create a water station to keep kids occupied and cooled off. Turn on a fun sprinkler or two. Set up an umbrella or make a shade cloth with cheerful printed fabric. Have a stock of water balloons and water toys on hand so kids always have access to cooling down.