We live in Southern California, where the weather is warm year-round but especially hot in the summer. Our backyard is small and doesn’t have any grass, only concrete. That’s great for riding bikes and scooters, but it makes staying cool in the summer a bit of a challenge. I have a few tried and true methods, and a few I am looking forward to introducing this year.
An inflatable pool seems like such a no-brainer, but I always resisted them. They’re so cheap (starting at less than $10), and other than blowing them up, require no effort to be fun. My kids use ours several times a week!
All the concrete we have is perfect for this! Grab some chalk, a bucket, and a bunch of sponges. Full directions here.
Another no-brainer, although there is some labor involved with blowing up the balloons. I like to fill them up in the morning while my kids are sleeping, then surprise them after breakfast. Just make sure you pick up every last shred of balloons so animals don’t get them. I make a game out of who can pick up the most balloon pieces. Winner gets a popsicle!
Water Balloon Pinata
I cannot WAIT to try this with my daughter and some of her friends. Balloons, string, and a bat to pop them with. I can already hear the squeals! Find out more here.
We use these large metal buckets in our backyard for holding drinks at parties. One afternoon, my daughter sat inside of one and said, “Mommy, I made a pool!” I took it one step further and filled it with water. Now she asks me all the time if I can “make her a pool” again. The simple things are what stick in their memories!
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