Tips to get through the hot summer
I've always felt that July in Florida makes us behave about the same as my Buffalo relatives do in January. The weather keeps us indoors, makes us dread walking more than a block and sometimes reduces us to running the car for 10 minutes to get the temperature just right. We're not so different from Nickle City after all.
It's not going to get cool any time soon, so I'm always on the lookout for ways to weather this weather. The always-clever Web site Parent Hacks has a great tip on how to keep a car seat cool in the hot summer sun. Simply toss one of those reflective emergency blankets they sell for a $1 in the hardware aisle over the seat when you leave the car. They say it keeps the seat remarkably cool and keeps you from frying little thighs on a hot belt buckle.
A check of articles on how to get through snow days gives me some good ideas for hot weather activities:
Rookiemoms had a great idea last winter that we can steal: Play hopscotch indoors. All you need is some masking tape, painters tape or brightly colored packing tape to map out a playing field.
While you have the tape handy, "build" a parking lot for your toddler's cars and trucks, add on city streets or a race track too. If the tape gets stuck, use a hairdryer to soften the adhesive to pull it off.
Michigan writer Tina Musial wrote of a creative snow day activity, setting up an indoor putt putt golf course throughout the living room, kitchen and bathroom, using little plastic cups placed around the house and secured in place with masking tape or duct tape.
A bucket and a ton of sponges can turn into Florida's version of a snowball fight. My kids actually love to wash the car. It always ends up in a water fight, the good kind.
And finally, Family Fun magazine offers this snow day activity that could be turned into hot weather haven: Paint a "stained-glass" scene with wipe-away hues. All you need is powdered tempera paint and clear dishwashing liquid to make your "paint." It comes off by rubbing with a dry paper towel.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne