Ride out the summer heat waves with these cool and refreshing summer treats for kids, like homemade ice cream, popsicles, and slushies!

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Freshen up with these cool summer treats!

easy Refreshing Summer Treats recipes

These yummy summer treats will help you cool down! Try to prep them either early in the morning, or later on in the evening, in order to avoid being in the kitchen at the hottest points of the day. 

Related: 50 Homemade Popsicle Recipe Ideas

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Treats that will give your kids a smile!

DIY Summer Treats for Kids

Summer is all about fun and non-stop activities for the kids. While they are still young and energetic, make the most out of their time by rewarding them with awesome DIY treats. Entertain your kids with these treats for them to have fun.

1. Banana Ice Cream Recipe

This sweet Banana Ice Cream treat is the perfect healthy snack for a hot afternoon. I love how she uses a food processor, it’s a great hack for those of us who don’t have ice cream machines. If you have a kitchenaid standmixer, you can also use this ice cream bowl attachment for making homemade ice cream!

2. Jello Watermelon Jiggles Recipe

Seedless watermelon attracts most of our kids, so this Jello Watermelon Jiggle is sure to bring a smile to your kiddo, and there are no seeds to spit out.

3. Watermelon Slushies Recipe

I love watermelons. How about you? While we’re on the topic of watermelons, of course, you have to try making delicious watermelon slushies!

4. Summer Party Popsicle Bar Recipe

Be famous in an instant, and be the hit of the neighborhood if you make a Summer Party Popsicle Bar this weekend!

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Add your kids’ favorite sprinkles for more fun!

Homemade Summer Treats for Kids of All Ages

Sometimes when I make these summer treats, I feel that the kid inside me wants to go out and get along with the others. But I remember that as an adult, I can also try one of these since I am the one who makes it for my kids!

Cool down with these delicious homemade summer treats!

5. Watermelon Shark Recipe

This watermelon shark is not just for shark week, but it is also definitely great during summer time. It will only take a few minutes to make this shark watermelon treat!

6. Fruit of the Rainbow Recipe

Fruit is always a fun snack, especially when it is in the shape of a Fruit of the Rainbow! Try adding veggies and a yogurt dip to create an awesome taste!

7. Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

Frozen Hot Chocolate. A summer spin on a winter treat that is served in a mug, topped with homemade whipped cream!

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Cool summer rain!

Tips for a Safe Play in the Summer Heat

Kids love playing outside, but during a heat wave it can be dangerous. Here are some tips for safe play in the heat:

  • Avoid playing outside when the sun is at its strongest. On really hot days, try to limit outside play between 10am-3pm. If you are outside during that time, take breaks, and step into air conditioning if you can. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, head to the library, mall, a movie, or the grocery store.
  • Enjoy the pool, sprinkler, or water play! If you do not have access to any, check your town for a public pool or splash pad.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep Pedialyte drinks and Pedialyte popsicles on hand in case they are needed. I also keep these awesome pouches of Pedialyte powder in my purse/ diaper bag. You just have to mix them into a bottle or cup of water!
  • Reapply sunscreen consistently, especially if you go into a pool or sprinkler.
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Wear light and loose clothing.
  • Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest points of the day.
  • If your little ones won’t drink fluids easily, feed them foods that have high water content, such as watermelon, celery, and strawberries, and oranges along with a drink.
  • Know the symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke. Talk to your pediatrician if you have any concerns. 
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Kids having a cool time in the pool!

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What are your favorite homemade summer treats? Comment below! 

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  1. Thanks to all who linked them up over the course of the summer. You have made my mouth water in anticipation.

  2. Thank you for including our frozen hot chocolate! Now I’m going to try some of these other delicious snacks you linked. 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my watermelon shark! Can you believe it’s already late July? Have to admit I’m kind of getting excited for Fall already (and it only partially has to do with school starting up again 🙂 ).