Fun Ways to Beat the Heat with Water
Omaiki July Post – Julia Chiarella-Genoni from Ask Mama Moe
With summer in full swing, there are days when the sunny weather is a little too much for little ones. Children don’t care if the heat is too strong, they just want to play! While I’m a big advocate for avoiding the sun in high periods of the day (usually between 11am and 2pm), there are great ways to enjoy the sunny weather and stay cool at the same time. This list includes something for all ages. Only you know how well your child can swim, so take these suggestions and go with the ones that match your child’s capability. Water games must be supervised, and no one should ever be in a pool without adult supervision. Here are a few examples of fun ways to beat the heat.
- Wading pool games – With little ones, enjoying cool water in a shaded baby pool is perfect, and really all they need to have the best time with water. Just think of it as an extended bath time, except it’s outside and can last much longer and cooler. By incorporating games, they will want to stay in forever. Add some bath toys and create a simple scavenger hunt in the pool, asking them to look for something, saying for example, “where is the yellow duck?”. It can be a fun and educational activity at the same time. For little ones, this activity is a great way to use their energy and get them ready to relax for a nap.
- Pool table story time – my boys loved spending hours at their shaded toddler pool table. They played with the funnels, added hard animals, splashed and created stories with their toys. If you don’t mind the mess, some tables included two sides and you can add sand. We opted to make ours only water. Toddlers love having the accessibility to water and the independence of standing up to play. It’s best to put your toddler in a swimsuit because they will surely get wet (either by accident or on purpose)!
- Duck, duck splash – toddlers will love this idea of sitting waiting to be chosen. Instead of becoming the goose and running around the circle, the chosen one gets a refreshing cup of water on the head! But don’t worry, they are next to pick a someone to get wet. This is a great game if you have no access to a pool but need some cooling down.
- Water balloon battle – kids young and old love this game. You can also set up a target area and have kids throw the balloons there, but based on my experience, they will want to soak their friends first! If you have pets or very little children, be sure that the older kids do a thorough clean up of all the popped balloons. Our incentive is 10 pieces picked up gets you 25 cents. You’ll be amazed how fast clean up can be! Tip: opt for the biodegradable balloons. They do exist and are better for the environment.
- Canon ball contest – for older kids that know how to swim, cannon balls are the best. My boys love creating different contests with their friends before they jump in. Some examples are “best dive”, “best cannon ball”, “funniest jump” or “least amount of splash”. They spend so much time jumping in and out of the pool with their friends. This game needs to be heavily supervised, but it is a ton of fun.
- Marco Polo – this game is for kids that feel real comfortable in the water. Great for adults too, this is a family game that can last as long as everyone wants it to. If you have little ones that want to try it out, stay in the shallow end of the pool and help them along to make it easier. Older kids like to incorporate “fish out of water”, where a player can get out of the pool and quietly walk to another place in the pool and jump in. But if the person who is guessing yells “fish out of water” while the player is out of the pool, they lose!
I hope these ideas help you cool off with your children and keep your whole family enjoying the summer weather!