Summer in New England is no joke. We go from sub-zero temps and 4-foot snow banks to 100 degrees and 100% humidity in about 60 seconds. There’s hardly time to get the swimsuits out, much less let our bodies adjust to the heat – so we’ve got to be creative in finding ways to stay cool.
If you’re an adult, standing 6” in front of the fan is a common pastime, but fan blades and tiny fingers aren’t a great mix, which is why we turn to H2O to keep the little ones cool and entertained.
Don’t have a pool or live near the water? No worries! We’ve gathered 5 of our favorite DIY hacks for turning a regular old backyard into a 5-star waterpark.
Check ‘em out below, and don’t forget to cool down and fuel up afterward with a little Oakhurst Chocolate Milk. #SoWorthIt!
Backyard Hacks to Keep the Kiddos Cool
1. Homemade Slip N’ Slide: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Long-Slip-and-Slide
With just a $5 roll of plastic, a hose and some sandbags you can be slip slidin’ all day long, right in your own backyard.
2. Giant Water Blob: http://www.viralnova.com/homemade-water-blob/
Sounds weird, but this is SO cool! All you need is some painter’s plastic sheeting, an iron and a hose to create this super cool summertime splash pad.
3. Soda Bottle Sprinkler: http://www.clevercraftycookinmama.com/2012/07/make-your-own-sprinkler-kid-craft.html
A 2-liter soda bottle, a couple of holes and a hose and you’re good to go with your very own DIY sprinkler.
4. Pool Noodle Water Blasters: http://www.momendeavors.com/2014/07/diy-water-blasters-kiddie-sprinkler.html
Way more fun than a squirt gun, these pool noodle water blasters are made out of PVC piping and foam pool noodles. Bring it on kids!
5. Tricycle Car Wash: http://www.designmom.com/2013/07/diy-tricycle-car-wash/
Seriously how fun is this DIY backyard tricycle car wash? Made out of PVC piping, sponges, pool noodles and a hose – this incredible creation is pretty much guaranteed to upgrade your status to supermom.