Top tips for staying cool during Summer!
Here comes the sun - hooray! So we thought it was about time to share our top tips for keeping cool this summer, from ideas to increase children's water intake to some yummy cool treats - we've got you covered!
Water is vital - children should drink around:
- 5 glasses (1 litre) for 4 to 8 year olds
- 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to 12 year olds
- 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years
- It carries nutrients to cells;
- It helps to remove waste products from our major organs;
- It boosts our metabolism;
- It helps us to control our body temperature and so much more
But water isn’t always exciting to drink so having some healthy alternatives up your sleeves can help. We’ve included some tips for getting kids to drink more, and also some of our favourite frozen treats. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
- Fun with straws! – not only do they increase the amount children drink in one sitting, they are fun! My little cook was obsessed with a twirly straw for months, transfixed by watching the water move around the circles in it! We also recently discovered the wonderful Stroodles who make straws made of pasta – they last for hours and are fascinating for children!
- Infused water – adding fruit and herbs to water makes it more fun for kids (and it flushes the water with vitamins and minerals - double win!). Ask you child to help choose which fruits they would like to include and let them help fill the bottle up. Our favourite combo is cucumber, mint and melon that is super simple to make in a bottle like this
- Iced tea – tea isn’t just for grown-ups! Our friends at Small and Wild have created happy herbal teas for children and they make a delicious ice tea! It’s such a brilliant way to keep children hydrated in a fun healthy way!
- Make fun ice cubes – either pop a blueberry or two into standard ice cube trays before filling with water and freezing, or buy some fun moulds that you kids will love to have in their drinks!
- Frozen yogurt bark – a brilliant alternative to ice cream for dessert, and super versatile. You can add pretty much any fruit, nut or seed. We’d love to see a little cook design a rainbow bark! Send us your pictures if you do!
- Creamy mango lollies – these actually taste like the mango ice cream from a Chinese restaurant we used to go to when I was little! I never saw the ingredients list (nor did I care at 5 years old!) but it’s an absolute certainty that these have less with just 2 ingredients in them!
- Frozen raspberries – an absolute favourite in Little Cooks Co HQ. And our top tip…use a clean Calpol syringe to fill your raspberries with yogurt! Such a great way to hone little cooks’ fine motor skills and the outcome is a delicious little frozen snack!
- Banana lollies – frozen bananas taste like ice-cream. Fact. Here's the super simple recipe but you can sprinkle anything on them for flavour and / or decoration - freeze dried strawberries, crushed nuts, melted chocolate?!
- Water bottles - these help you keep track of how much your children are drinking. We teamed up with the wonderful Klean Kanteen to create lovely Little Cooks Co bottles which have a 500ml capacity, so you know exactly how much they are drinking at a time!
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