Beat the HEAT

It’s definitely a two (or three) popsicle day. The temperature is supposed to hit 32 C, so that means slow down, stay out of the sun during peak heat hours and drink plenty of fluids.

If you’re home with the kids and you don’t have air conditioning, here are some tips to help keep things cool.

  • Freeze your snacks.  Wash and dry fruit, such as strawberries, grapes and blueberries. Peel a couple of bananas and cut them into chunks. Spread the fruit out on two cookie trays and pop them in the freezer. Once the fruit is individually quick-frozen, you can put it into individual containers and leave it in the freezer until snack time.
  • Make ice pops. Using the six or 12-slot plastic ice-pop containers, pour in juice, smoothie mix or a mash-up of fruit, juice and yogurt.  Freeze and enjoy.
  • If you’re heading out, get the kids to wear sun hats and take water bottles.
  • Before it gets too hot, head to the neighbourhood splash pad or the local outdoor pool. The kids can also run under the sprinkler in the backyard.
  • Have an afternoon nap. If it’s too hot indoors, grab a blanket and head for the shade under a big tree.
  • During the heat of the day, head to a nearby library or mall. They’re always air-conditioned.
  • Have an afternoon nap. If it’s too hot indoors, grab a blanket and head for the shade under a big tree.
  • Play board games and cards or read stories together. You don’t want the kids to overexert themselves.
  • If the kids want to go to the beach, go later in the day and be sure to apply lots of sunscreen and to reapply it after swimming.

 

 

 

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