Keep cool with Shade, a Breeze, and Water

You can still find ways to get outside and stay comfortable when the heat and humidity seem too much. Rebecca P. Cohen, author of 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids recommends a formula of shade, a breeze, and water:

1. Play ‘mosquito.’ Put some ice water into clean spray bottles for a game of tag where whomever is ‘it’ chases others to tag them with a refreshing spray!

2. Splash outside with bath toys. Put some ice water in a bowl and take your child’s bath toys outside for some water play.

3. Escape the heat of the day. Think of things that you can do early in the morning or late in the evening to enjoy the coolest parts of the day. Ride bikes or scooters; color or read a book outside; play a board or card game on a blanket; maybe even skip rocks on the water or go fishing.

Has Rebecca’s book, 15 Minutes Outside, improved your daily life? Post to Rebecca’s blog your story and be entered to win a set of Curiosity Cards. Drawings will take place each week, all summer long!

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Rebecca P. Cohen is one of the Reading Kingdom’s Summer Activity Guides. Be sure to check out the Reading Kingdom blog every Wednesday for posts from our Summer Activity Guides who will blog about parenting, and fun things to do with your children throughout the whole summer.