May 31st, 2012
I don’t know exactly where I saw this (Pinterest, perhaps?) but whoever came up with this idea…..PURE GENIUS. RUN to the dollar store and pick up some glow sticks (any kind will do). Crack ‘em and throw ‘em in the bath. Turn off the lights. Figure out how to get the flash on your camera to work properly in the dark. Watch your kids have a BLAST! You’re welcome.
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Glow Bath Alien
Glow Sticks in the Bath
June 3rd, 2010
Yesterday I took my kids to a park and we were all but unable to play. Everything was so hot from the sun, I was afraid the kids were going to hurt. After checking out a few shadier parks, only to find that the slides there were also very hot from the sun peeking in between the trees, we headed to the Burger King playplace (as did many other parents – it was packed!). Here are some summer tips to keep your kids safe at the playground:
- Sun Protection – Sunscreen and Hats. Reapply sunscreens to avoid becoming the shade darker than broil that I currently am. And try to avoid mid-day sun when it is at its strongest.
- Plastic and Metal Burns – It takes just a short time before playground slides, swings and ride-ons get dangerously hot. Test both metal and plastic play toys before allowing your kids play to avoid burns.
- Hydrate – Keep your kids hydrated when they are at play in the heat. I like to make ice cubes out of fruit juice and put them in a big jug of water for my kids. They keep the water cool and it gets the kids the water they need with a splash of flavor – without a ton of sugar.
- AGH! Mosquitoes – Those pesky little buggers find me no matter where I am and no matter what time of day it is. I’ve tried the bug bands and the natural repellents and still I get bit. Now, I’m sticking with DEET. Though – use caution with DEET.
- Splinters – Make sure your kids’ feet are protected when playing in playgrounds with wood chips. I always put my kids in sneakers for wood chip parks. I’ve had my fair share of wood chips sticking out of the skin or in a nail bed while wearing sandals.
Maybe it is because my kids are so accident prone, but I always have in my bag/car: a mini first aid kit, a mini burn kit (both found at the Target dollar spot for $1), those smack and go ice packs, extra water and snacks, and a wet washcloth in a bag. My grandma used to carry a wet washcloth in a bag. I always thought it was kind of stupid until I was scratched down the face by a cat. Now, I carry one, too. It can help refresh on a hot day, wipe away tears after a fall, cleanse a wound. You never know what you might need it for, but I sure was glad my grandma had one the day that infamous cat crossed my path.
ENJOY SUMMER and HAVE FUN!
August 6th, 2009
It’s hot in NJ during the summer and my kids LOVE playing with and in the water. I’m not a beach person due to my instant lobster fair skin and we don’t belong to a pool, primarily because our town doesn’t have one and the waiting list for the one in the next town over is a mile long. Needless to say, I’m always on the look out for cheap, summer water fun.
We bought this Step 2 WaterWheel Play Table
last year. I believe we paid $29.99 for ours at Toys R Us. The Step2 website has it listed for $34.99. The boys love this. They use the water to fill up their water guns (super cheap water fun – you can find these at most dollar stores). They also use it to fill up their watering cans for the garden (repurposing water as to not waste it!). The table comes with 2 boats and the water wheel. The Destroyer loves playing with the water wheel. We also bring out some of our squirt toys for this. And when all else fails, they just toss water back and forth at each other.
Slip 'N Slide
Last summer, I also purchased this Backyardigans Slip ‘N Slide for $8.95 from the Lakeside Collection. You just hook up your hose to this and WA-LA – instant, CHEAP summer fun! My boys could run on this all day long. Best $8.95 I’ve spent all summer!
If you can’t find these now that they’ve already got the fall and Halloween stuff out (GASP!), you can always just turn on your sprinkler. I haven’t found a kid that doesn’t just love running through a sprinkler – especially when they are fully clothed!!!
Wishing you lots of wet, refreshing summer fun!