Ride out the summer heat waves with cool and refreshing summer treats for kids, like homemade ice cream, popsicles, and slushies!
Cool and Refreshing Summer Treats for Kids
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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.
DIY Summer Treats for Kids
Banana Ice Cream – This sweet treat from Strong Start 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!
Jello Watermelon Jiggles – This recipe from Come Together Kids is sure to bring a smile to your kiddo, and there are no seeds to spit out.
Watermelon Slushies – While we’re on the topic of watermelon, you have to try making delicious watermelon slushies!
Make a Summer Party Popsicle Bar – You’ll be the hit of the neighborhood if you make one this weekend!
Choose From 5 Homemade Slurpees – There’s a slurpee recipe for everybody!
Homemade Summer Treats for Kids
Homemade Japanese Food – Summer break is a great time to try cooking foods from a different culture with your child! Mummy Mummy Mum shares some delicious Japanese dishes!
Fruit of the Rainbow – Fruit is always a fun snack–especially when it is in the shape of a rainbow! with this fun tray. Try adding veggies and a yogurt dip with this fun idea from 3 Boys and a Dog!
Frozen Hot Chocolate – Simple Play Ideas‘ summer spin on a winter treat is served in a mug, topped with homemade whipped cream.
Tips for 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 a 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.
More Summer Fun
- How to Make Mermaid Cupcakes
- 23 Ways to Play with Water This Summer
- 21 Beach Crafts to Make with Your Kids This Summer
- Awesome Tie Dye Projects for Summer
What are your favorite homemade summer treats? Comment below!