Given the recent spell of hot weather we’re having in the UK, I thought I’d share some of my favourite fun ways to keep my children cool.
Of course there are the practical ways like wearing lighter clothes, staying inside or using fans at night but my little ones are adventurers and keeping them still or inside all day is something they don’t understand! So here are my Top 6 fun and inexpensive ways to stay cool this summer.
These don’t need to be exotic or expensive…most fruits will work brilliantly blended up with a little water and then frozen and you don’t even need the proper ice-pop makers – an ice cube tray is just as good for smaller bite-size lollies, ideal for smaller children.
If your kids are anything like mine, they will love getting involved too – choosing their concoctions, trying out different fruits and flavours…a great way to get them involved in “cooking” plus also a healthier alternative to shop-bought lollies which tend to have high sugar levels and other additives. These are also great natural way for teething babies to suck on and soothe sore gums.
Watermelon lollies are our current favourite – chop up the fruit, add to a blender with a splash of water before pouring into your moulds for freezing. You can add a dash of lime or some chopped mint if you like a little zing!
Splish Splash Splosh!
Obviously drinking water is a necessary way to stay hydrated and cool but playing with water is also great fun. If you don’t have a paddling pool, try using a washing up basin, baby bath or any large bucket – add some toys, bubbles, maybe some natural food colouring, anything you like really and voila, a perfect sensory playtime activity that keeps them cool and entertained.
Water gun or water balloon fights
If you’re children are a little older, this can be great fun for all the family Battling it out with a water gun or water balloons can be a really fun way to cool down as well as for you and your children to connect – it’s also a great way to get some exercise as well!
One of our favourite things to do on the hottest of days is to pack up a tasty picnic lunch and plenty of bottled water, and head to a nearby wooded park. The trees overhead act as a great canopy keeping sun to a minimum and although outside, we can still be cool. We love to lay out a blanket, have a play, read books or go for an explore. It makes for a lovely relaxing afternoon, without needing to be indoors.
Check out the local library
If you do want to stay indoors, there are plenty of activities you can do at home, whether it’s arts and crafts or making ice lollies for later but your local library is also a great place to go if you fancy a break from home. Generally kept at a comfortable temperature, it makes for a great place to hang out during hot afternoons. Looking through books and reading stories together at the library can be a great way to connect and cool down together.
Keep mum cool too
Heat is not a friend of most accessories, especially if they are made of metal. No-one wants to feel hotter let alone be burned by wearing their favourite accessory so opt for something made of silicone, like the Halia Rose Jewellery collection. Not only is it heat resistant (i.e. it doesn't get hot like metal can) but you can pop it in the dishwasher to clean so there is no excuse not to get involved in the activities mentioned above as it doesn’t matter how messy that messy play gets!
Silicone can also be put in the fridge to chill. We lose most of our heat through our heads and neck so a cool necklace will help bring your body temperature down. It’s also a great way to help soothe teething babies who can chew on your necklace if they have irritable, sore gums.
Stay safe and enjoy the sun! And if you're looking for stylish outfits to keep cool this summer, head over to our Summer Lifestyle Collection