Cool It With Treats
One of the easiest ways to keep your kids chilled in hot weather, is with cool treats. As a healthier alternative to an ice cream, try freezing yoghurt. Yoghurt that comes in squeezy tubes or cartons work best (such as Go-Gurt). You can also freeze these, and put them in your kid’s summer lunchbox. OK, they won’t still be frozen at lunch, but they will still be cold, and keep everything else cool too.
Making your own ice lollipops in summer is an oldie but a goodie, and moulds can be bought easily and cheaply. Try fresh fruit juice, yoghurt, your kid’s favorite diluted squash, or lemonade. Get the kids to help too, for a cool indoor summer activity.
In summer, a granita, slush, or frozen drink, is a perfect way to keep your kids cool, and hydrated at the same time. Make the drink in a plastic container, stick it in the freezer, and keep giving it a stir every so often to separate the crystals. Serve with a straw or a spoon.
A smoothie made with fresh fruit and ice cubes always hits the spot, and your kids won’t even know they are getting a great big fruit hit - they just know it’s delicious, and they are keeping cool. Summer fruits like strawberries and raspberries work well, and you can even use the frozen type straight from the freezer. If your kids like it sweeter, then try adding honey or an extra banana.
Keep on-the-go snacks handy in the fridge - summer snacks that kids can easily hold and play at the same time. Cucumber sticks, grapes, strawberries, and watermelon are all great and cool treats.