Keeping Cool

With temperatures souring it’s important to stay cool while you’re having fun. Here are a few things to do to beat the heat.

Ice Ball

What you’ll need:

Balloons (small or medium sized)


Food Coloring

A freezer

What to do:

Fill a balloon with water and add a couple drops of food coloring.

Place in freezer.

Once frozen “pop” the balloon.

Then use the ice ball in a kiddie pool. Kids love pushing the colorful ball(s) around or pulling it to the bottom and letting it go. Caution – do not let kids throw the ball. A hit to the head can really hurt.

Beat the Heat Sandwich

What you’ll need:

½ cup mini-chocolate chips

2/3 cup mini-marshmallows

2 cups whipped topping

1 box graham crackers, any flavor

What to do:

In a large bowl, stir together first three ingredients. Mix well.

Scoop mixture onto graham cracker square, then place another cracker on top to make a sandwich.

Continue making sandwiches until all of the mixture has been used.

Put sandwiches in the freezer for about 1 ½ hours, or until frozen.

Serve frozen and enjoy.


Homemade Bagged Ice Cream (great group activity)

What you’ll need:

½ tsp. salt

2 cups sugar


2 tsp. vanilla

4 cups half & half

Crushed Ice

Optional – Crushed fruit, strawberries, raspberries, ect

Gallon re-sealable bags, Quart re-sealable bags and 1 clean Galloon Milk Jug

What to do:

In the clean milk jug add salt, vanilla, sugar and half& half.

Fill the rest of the jug with milk so that it’s almost full. Make sure to leave enough room to shake the mixture completely.

Place the cap on the jug and carefully shake the mixture until mixed well. Make sure to keep your hand on the lid while shaking, you don’t want ice cream mix flying everywhere.

Once completely mixed, pour one cup of mixture into the quart re-sealable bags. Once all the bags are filled with the mixture you can add the 1 -2 tablespoons of crushed fruit, if desired.

Place the small bag of mixture into one large re-sealable bag filled halfway with crushed ice. Add about a ½ cup of salt over the ice and seal bag.

Now it’s time to shake and swirl the mixture around in the crushed ice. Add more salt if needed.

Once mixture has frozen, divide up and enjoy.

Makes about 16 cups of ice cream, plenty to share.


Make a Book

Pick your favorite part of summer and draw pictures showing your favorite thing. Also you can cut pictures out of magazines and catalogs. Paste the pictures onto paper to make a booklet and write about the picture on the page. Before pasting or coloring on paper hole punch the paper so you can make a book. Create a cover for your book. Once you’re finished creating pages for your book put them in order. Using yarn, string the yarn through the holes and tie loosely so the pages turn easily. Now you have a book to read to your family and you can read anytime you want to remember your favorite part of summer.

Have a great week and keep cool.


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