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Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat for Less

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I don’t know about you guys but the temperature here in Oklahoma has been over 100 degrees every single day this week. I thought I would share few ideas on how I keep my family cool and still stay within a budget.

Make your own Popsicles – Every kid loves Popsicles and lets face it us adults do too.It’s a quick and easy way to keep your kids cool and you can use just about anything around the house. Kool Aid, juice,even yogurt. My kids aren’t big yogurt eaters but there is just something about freezing it that they like.

Make your own Squirters– Fill empty dish washing bottles or ketchup and mustard bottles with water to create some water fight fun. They are easier to fill than squirt guns and you can be green at the same time.

Drag out that Yard Sprinkler– Instead of buying all those expensive pools that tear up or get holes in them pull out that old yard sprinkler that probably cost $5. You will be surprised how much fun they will have. Plus all the running they will be doing will keep them happy and healthy. If you set up multiple ones you can have an obstacle course that kids can do to see if they can get to the finish line without getting wet.

Water Balloon Fights– Grab a package of water balloons at your local Walmart or Dollar Tree for around $1. Fill them up with water and send the kids outside for some fun filled water wars.

Don’t want to clean up the aftermath with all those balloon pieces?  Fill up a bucket of water and give your kids sponges. They’re soft, they get you wet, and there is no messy clean up.

How about water balloon yo yo’s?

  • Fill the balloon with water but not enough to make it stretch.
  • Next blow it up so it’s half air and half water.
  • Knot your balloon
  • Tie a rubber band at the end of the knot.
  • Kids can decorate with markers, paint etc.

Kool-aid Art– If you have small children have them sprinkle unsweetened kool-aid on white construction paper and tell them to run an ice cube all over it. As the kool-aid melts, you will have fun swirly art that smells oh so good!

These are just a few of my ideas. I would love to know what you guys are doing to beat the heat!

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