Summer time is great with longer days and warm nights, but also heat. When you live in sunny California, sometimes the heat can be unbearable. And oh how nice it is to sit inside with air conditioning and perhaps a lemonade or a frozen treat. The idea of getting out and being active is tiring in itself.
Yet, there are ways to "beat the heat". There is the obvious ways such as the pool, beach or heck traveling to a cooler destination, but those are not always possible. With 4 kids, packing me up for any of those things may require a nap afterwards. It's a lot! Therefore, here are a couple of things that I do with the kids to help keep our bodies moving in the summer, avoid having to many "lazy" days and becoming a zombie in front of television screen.
"ROLL A POSE" YOGA: with a square cube, I printed, laminated and velcroed different kid friendly yoga poses to a cube. The children use their own homemade mats made from towels (that have seen better days) and left over fabric from a past birthday party. Each child was able to roll the cube to show which yoga pose we would do. The pose pictures are able to be interchanged, the children are allowed to add their own poses too. It's a great way to get them involved, motivated and moving!
WATER BALLOONS: ok this one is self-explanatory. We don't have a pool, but the children love getting wet in the summer. Next best thing that is extremely affordable is water balloons. We bought 2 bags of 100 water balloons each. Filled up buckets with the balloons and had fun chasing each other, catching balloons, throwing at targets. Moving but also keeping cool.
It's so easy to rest in the comfort of air conditioning during the hot days of summer. Yet there is so much fun to be had in the heat and ways to keep cool too! Happy Summer!