But first…Why Outdoor Play Rocks!
Baby, it’s hot outside! Surviving the heat is the name of the game when your kids are playing outside. Pat yourself on the back for encouraging outdoor play. Outdoor play has so many benefits for kids. According to Psychology Today, contact with nature can provide a context for learning about science and nature. From a social and emotional development standpoint, the friendships they make when playing outside can be important for children’s overall long-term happiness. Lastly, physical activity is linked to overall well-being and can act as a buffer against depression. The only thing left to do is to protect our kids (and ourselves!) from the sweltering heat. Here are 7 essentials that will help you do just that.
Surviving the Heat: Clip on fans
Buy 2! Attach one to the canopy of your stroller/wagon, facing your child and attach the other to the handle of the stroller, facing you.
Surviving the Heat: Mister spray bottle
Each pull of the trigger yields a few moments of bliss. For less than $10, your skin will look dewy, your hair will glisten but most importantly you’ll feel a few degrees cooler.
Surviving the Heat: Colorful kids umbrella/parasol
It will amuse your kids, protect them from the sun, and if it happens to rain, keep them dry! 🌂
Surviving the Heat: Kids hat /sunglasses that they picked out
Let them exercise their fashion sense by selecting their own accessories. They’ll be more inclined to wear them! 🕶
Surviving the Heat: Frozen paper towels/frozen burp cloths/chilled baby wipes
This is a refreshing way to keep hands/faces clean, and gives your unused burp clothes some new life.
Surviving the Heat: Ice popsicles
These concoctions only contain water, so no stickiness, just fun! Use them to ‘draw on your skin’ for a ‘cool’ sensory experience.
Surviving the Heat: Frozen gummies/fruit snacks/teethers
It’s hard to overindulge in gummies when they are frozen, so let the kids have their fun! Pop a teether or a pacifier in the freezer so even the littlest of the bunch can get some reprieve from the heat.
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