These top tips for kids to stay cool on a hot day is part of a sponsored post with Jolly Llama. The opinions expressed are our own.
It may be August but we are all still loving the last few weeks of Summer. But man, it is sure hot outside! Our temperatures have consistently been around 93-98 degrees or higher for the last month.
And it doesn’t cool off at night either. Our night time “cool off” means 75 degrees. That is my ideal day time temperature. Goodness! This is why we need all the help we can get to stay cool in summer!
So what is one to do when it is so hot? Why cool off with some water fun and a cool frozen treat of course!
But before we head outside, let me start with the top 5 tips to help kids to stay cool on a hot day.
5 Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Day
Because you can’t spend all day in the water, we also need to look at a few other ways to help kids stay cool on a hot day.
1: Wear light clothing – First make sure the clothing is lightweight and light colors. The lighter colors reflect sunlight and can help to keep your child cooler. If you’ll be outside for long periods of time, consider using UV protecting clothing and ensure you have a hat and sunglasses.
2: Drink water. Nothing makes you overheat more than getting dehydrated. And nothing makes you dehydrated more than hot temperatures. So drink drink drink!
We alway make sure we have water bottles of ice cold water on hand at all times. Each kid has their own water bottle I make them carry around all day long. Even inside the house.
3: Limit outdoor time. This may seem odd, especially since parents are always trying to get their kids outside to play and off electronics.
But when the temperatures are spiking in the high 90’s and 100+ degrees even, you really want to limit their outside time between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm when the temperatures are the hottest.
In some areas, especially with humidity they even release heat advisories where they recommend no one spend more than 10 minutes outside because of the health dangers of the high temperatures. So be sure to limit exposure to the high temperatures during these peak hours.
Wait for outside play for when the temperatures lower, or during nonpeak times. Or limit the amount of time you spend outside. The hotter it is, the less time you want to spend outside.
For us, in our dry climate, we can still do OK with 1-2 hours, as long as they stay hydrated and are in the cold water. But if either of those 2 things is missing we have to severely drop the amount of time we are spending outside during peak hours.
4: Get in the water. Playing in the water helps to cool off the kids. Especially if you have cold water straight from the garden hose for the kids to splash in.
Just be careful of the sun and ensure your kids are wearing sunscreen and again watch the amount of time they spend outside in the high temperatures during these hot days.
With it being so hot, we are constantly pulling out our blow up water slide to let the kids cool off each day.
Not only does it allow them a chance to cool off, but it also helps them get outside, play and get active.
Since they can’t do the normal active outside play because it has been too hot, it allows them to get some energy out. But also helps them to cool off at the same time.
Not to mention it’s just plain fun.
And I can be out there watching the older 3 kids play, while little Rose takes her nap inside the house.
5: Cool off with Frozen Treats. Just as when you are cold and eating hot soup or hot cocoa helps to warm you up, so does eating something cold help to cool you off when you are hot.
After an hour of playing in the water, it is time for some refreshment. I like to finish off with a frozen treat.
I remember when I was a kid, my Mom always gave us a treat of an old fashioned push pop in the summer to cool off.
Man those were fun. They were a classic favorite as a kid and I always looked forward to them.
Now as a mom, I want to share the same fun of a push pop with my kids to help them cool off, but with a better ingredient option, since this is a daily treat to help them cool off from the hot sun.
Thus why I love the Jolly Llama sorbet and cream pops! They lend themselves as the perfect guilt-free, family-friendly summertime refreshment.
Jolly Llama Sorbet and Cream Pops avoid artificial…well, anything! No Artificial Colors or flavorings. No GMOs, no high fructose or dyes. Just full of whole fruit and great flavor!
And if you have any lactose intolerant family members, you can rejoice because Jolly Llama Sorbet and Cream Pops are also Dairy Free (using Coconut cream)! It is not only delicious but also allergen-friendly.
These are also great to take to family reunions, as I have a number of family members who have allergies to food dyes and this would be one food they could all actually enjoy without worry.
You can choose from a variety of flavors too, so you can please everyone in the family. Miss Jade and Jonathan love the chocolate cream pops.
Talmage is crazy about the berry flavors.
The husband and I are quite partial to the mango. But I also love several of the other flavors as well.
Sorbet Pops flavors include:
- Banana Coconut
- Pineapple Coconut
Cream Pops flavors include:
- Dark Chocolate
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Sea Salt Caramel
Our stores didn’t carry all the flavors, but we still had a great variety to choose from and I stocked up. Because remember, it’s been super hot! And these are our daily treats to stay cool on a hot day when the temperatures reach the peak of 95-98 degrees.
And since they are made with whole real fruit and no High Fructose Corn Syrup, I can feel better about giving my kids Jolly Llama frozen treats each day to help stay cool on a hot day.
It’s a guilt-free frozen treat to help stay cool on a hot day during the hot summer months.
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