With Queensland and New South Wales sweltering through a heatwave this week, it’s fair to say summer is well and truly here.
Of course, drinking water and going for a swim will be high on the list of things to do to keep cool and lower that core body temperature.
But, where’s the fun in that?
Here are some fun and different ways to keep cool this summer (when you are not drinking water and going for a swim…)
1) Go outside and fill up a big bucket of water and throw in some jugs and paint brushes and let the kids ‘paint’ whatever they want, including themselves.
2) Chuck the hose on the trampoline!
3) If you don’t have a purpose-made water slide, go old school and make one with an old tarp, detergent and water.
4) Dust off the water pistols and chase each other around. This is hot work, so make sure you actually get wet!
5) Get out the sprinkler and have a run-through. Not only will you cool down, you’ll also give the grass and nearby plants a good drink.
6)Wash the car in the shade – the kids can help with something constructive while cooling down.
7) Prepare some cool treats like frozen jelly popsicles, fruit smoothies or even plain old ice cubes are fun when you just want to chomp on something cool.
8) If you don’t have air con and it’s getting stifling, you can head to somewhere that is! The shopping centre is always a good one, and you can knock over the groceries at the same time. Or take some biccies around to grandmas or a friend’s place and enjoy their sweet, sweet cool air.
9) Wet a face cloth and drape it around your neck. My daughter loves to pretend it’s a winter scarf. Let the Frozen role play begin…
10) Suck on a mint and then drink some water – instant relief!
11) Make an ice excavation game. This one will take some advanced planning, but will be so much fun. Take some hardy (and freezable) toys and place them into an ice cream container (or similar) and chuck it into the freezer overnight. Dump the block outside with some safe excavation “tools” and let the kids go to town to free their toys.
12) Make a water balloon piñata. Tie some water balloons up to a string and hang it up. Give your kids a baton and let them smash away and get soaked at the same time.
13) If you don’t want the mess of regular water bombs, you can make reusable ones by cutting up cheap sponges and tying bits together to make a bomb-like shape. Chuck them in a bucket of water to ‘refill’ them.
14) Freeze fruit such as barriers, grapes and mango to eat as a refreshing (and healthy) treat.
15) If all else fails, drink water and go somewhere for a swim! Try a lake, the beach, swimming pool or even fill up a cheap shell pool (yes an adult can fit in there, but you will have to wait your turn…)