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Splish! Splash! Time to Get Wet!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:05:00 AM
Summer’s coming, and that’s sure to mean one thing: time to
beat the heat! If you live in an area where you dread the heat of the summer
months, finding a way to spend time in the water can be a much-needed escape. But
if heading to the crowded pool with your kids isn’t in the cards, there are
some other, easy ways that you can get wet and have some fun!
Remember having water fights with your friends as a kid?
It’s a timeless tradition that children of all ages enjoy.
If you’re not a fan of having a water ‘gun’ around the house,
don’t worry, there’re plenty of other ways to soak each other! Pick up a few
plastic buckets from the store, stockpile a few water balloons, check the hoses
for leaks, and make sure to wear a bathing suit or clothing you don’t mind
getting wet. Then start running as your children chase after you with glee!
A fun learning activity to incorporate: depending on age and
ability, have your children count to ten before running after you with water.
If that’s easy, try having them count backwards!
Run Through the
If it’s a hot, sunny day, you’ll most likely be running your
sprinklers in the backyard anyway. Gather the family out back, and start a line
running through the sprinklers one by one.
If that’s fun, try incorporating a contest into the mix. For
example, silliest trick through the sprinkler, or most times passed through. Reward
the winners with delicious cold popsicles.
Here’s a learning activity for your kids: play the ABC game
with your kids. Every time someone jumps through the sprinkler, they have to
say a word that starts with the next letter of the alphabet (for example: A –
Apple! B – Boat! C – Caterpillar! Etc.).
Hop in the Backyard
If you don’t want to head to the city pool to cool off, why
not bring the pool to your own backyard? It’s fairly easy to find a child-size
pool at your local department store, and once you bring it home and fill it up
it’ll provide endless entertainment on a hot summer day.
As your kids flop around in the pool, dip your own feet in
to relax and cool off. Inviting some of your children’s friends over can make
it even more fun for everyone!
Here’s another learning activity to try: if you can find
them, or if you can make them out of a floatable substance (Styrofoam might be
the easiest), supply your children with pool toys in the shape of letters. Then
sit with them and give them easy words to spell. Try harder words depending on
the age and ability of your children.
Stay Cool This Summer
As the days get hotter, finding ways to stay cool get more
and more difficult. Try these few ideas for ways to get wet, have some fun, and
beat the heat in the summer months!