Cool Fun for a Hot Day: Wet Games to Play When the Temperature is High

In July and August, the temperatures can be very warm. Keeping cool becomes a task everyone wants to be successful at. Water filled games are a great way to keep cool on a hot day.

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Sprinkler Move Freeze

This is a game based on the game move freeze. In Move Freeze, when the music is playing everyone is dancing around having a great time. When the music stops, everyone freezes until the music starts again. This variation involves dancing around a turned off sprinkler. When the music stops and everyone freezes, the sprinkler is turned on and everyone freezes quite literally until the music plays again.

Badminton with Water Balloons

For this game a badminton or volleyball net is needed. The players should be divided into two teams. Each team gets a sheet on their side of the net. The object is to use the sheet to toss the water balloon across the net. The other team tries to catch the water balloon in their sheet and toss it back. The winner can be declared after ten good catches and tosses or after 10 great breaks of the balloon.

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Toss Across with Water Balloons

This game requires pairs of people and water balloons. The players start facing each other about one foot apart. The toss the balloon back and forth. After three tosses, each partner takes one step backward. If more than one team is playing make sure everyone takes the same size steps backward. Players continue tossing the water balloons back and forth until the balloons are broken. The winners are declared to be the team that can toss from the furthest apart.

Sponge Tag

Everyone has played a variation of tag. This variation adds an element of wet fun to the game. One player is selected to be it. It is given a big soft sponge. The sponges used to wash cars work well for this game. It soaks the sponge in water. The game then begins with It trying to hit the other players with the thrown sponge. Hit players can be spotted very easily by the water dripping off the spot they were hit in. The player hit becomes the new It, and the game starts again.

Cold Potato

Everyone has played hot potato at one time or another in their life. This version of the game is fun and cooling at the same time. The only material required for this game is a filled water balloon. All the players should stand in a circle. A hole is poked in the balloon so water can begin to leak out. Players pass the balloon around the circle trying to avoid being the one left holding it when the water runs totally out.

Whether playing cold potato, sponge tag or one of the other games in this article, a cool time will be had by all.

Sun Safety Facts for Children and Parents

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Some exposure to the sun is healthy for everyone. The sun is the primary source of vitamin D for the world, which is necessary for better calcium absorption and preventing depression. Too much sun, or failure to properly protect the skin can cause skin damage, eye damage and in some cases skin cancer.

The UVA rays of the sun are the cause of skin cancer and premature aging. The sun’s UVB rays are the cause of burns, cataracts and immune system damage. The sun also has UVC rays, but these do not reach the earth because of the ozone layer.

How the Skin Reacts to the Sun

The skin’s reaction to the sun is caused by a chemical called melanin. Melanin helps to protect the skin. The amount of melanin in people’s skin varies depending on skin tone. People with a fair skin tone have much less melanin than people with dark skin.

Fair-skinned people are most likely to get burns and are at a higher risk of skin cancer. When people get a tan on their skin from the sun, this is caused by sun damage. The more time spent in the sun, the darker the tan gets. Too much sun can cause burns and even blistering.

Sun Safety Tips for Children

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To prevent sunburn, parents should always be sure that children are wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. It is recommended that children stay indoors between 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

If families must be outside during this time, it is important to try to stay in the shade. The heat of the sun can also cause dehydration from sweating, so parents and children should drink lots of water when out in the sun. Sun hats and sunglasses are important to protect the eyes from sun damage.

Sunscreen to Prevent Sun Burn and Damage

A sunscreen of at least SPF 30 should be used for children. Parents should be sure that sunscreen is applied to the entire body, even areas covered by clothes as clothing does not protect from the sun’s rays. The sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure, and reapplied throughout the day. If children are swimming, sunscreen should be reapplied upon leaving the water.

Sun Warnings

The sun causes serious damage if safety measures are not used. Skin cancer and serious burns can be prevented with the right sunscreen. The sun can also cause overheating, which can lead to heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Nausea, vomiting, fainting and delirium are signs of either of these problems and need immediate medical attention. If a child has a fever, trouble looking at light or has an infected sun burn parents should also contact the family doctor.

Five Outdoor Activities to Spice Up Your Summer

Spring is here, the sun is shining and it is time to figure out some fun things you can do outdoors. It is always important to try new activities and expose yourself to different parts of our environment. Here is a list of great ideas that will make your summer interesting and exciting.

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White Water Rafting- For the adventurous of heart pitting yourself against nature as you paddle down the river is a fantastic thrill. One of the great things about rafting is that there are many levels from tame float trips for families with younger children to aggressive level 5 trips for confident fit adults. Rafting is one of the most exciting ways to get wet and experience the outdoors. There are so many great choices all across the country including the American River, Pigeon River, Ocoee River and the Colorado River to name just a few. Day trips start at around $100 so it does not have to drain the pocketbook.

Diving– For the outdoor enthusiast there is a whole world to be explored underwater. PADI dive courses start at around $300 to get certified and that usually includes your dives and often some gear. Once you are certified the world is truly your oyster. Diving enables you to add a dimension to weekend trips or vacations that were never available before. Not to mention diving is a super way to meet fun like-minded people who enjoy traveling and the outdoors as well.

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Canyoneering– There are some places in our country that simply take your breath away. Utah is home to many of them, Zion national park is one of the best. Zion is a grand and impressive place, with huge sweeping walls of beautiful sandstone, deep canyons running with water, and the highest concentration of canyoneering adventures found in the USA. Unusual for Utah, Zion has an abundance of water. Many canyons are best done when it is scorching hot out, and several require full wetsuits year-round. The steeper and narrower the canyon, the more swimming is likely to be involved. Contact a guide if it is your first time out.

Mountain bike trip– Trail riding is always a fun activity for novices and experts alike. What about combining your passion for the outdoors, love for travel and enjoyment of mountain biking all in one weekend? Many top ski resorts turn into destinations for mountain bikers in the summer months. Mammoth Mountain in California for example features over 100 miles of trails and descents of up to 3,000 vertical feet. Run a search online for mountain bike parks and you will soon be on your way.

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ATV Adventure– Let’s face it not all of us resemble Lance Armstrong but that does not mean we don’t enjoy the great outdoors. Our country has 100,000’s of acres of interesting areas to visit, explore, and interact with. So, whether you are super fit or just super interested in having fun this could be your ticket to ride. You don’t even have to own your own ATV, you can hook up with guides in your area of interest that will provide you with the equipment, guides and best of all fulfill your need for speed.

Whatever you decide on make sure that you make the most of the warm weather. It is always gone before you know it.

Outdoor Activity Ideas for the Entire Family

The outdoors is a great place to relax and get away from the everyday hassle of work and school. Children can wind down, and parents are capable of sitting back and getting a tan. One of the most rewarding things from being outdoors are the numerous activities that the whole family can enjoy.

1. Throw the ball
If dad is a football fanatic, he could certainly get some joy out of going outside and throwing the football with the kids. The best thing about sports is that the actual equipment is not generally that expensive, along with the fact that it gives the whole family some bonding time.

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2. Go Fishing
No, you do not have to go out and buy a brand-new boat, but if you check out the local parks, most water locations will have a fishing dock to go and relax on. Although if little Cindy likes to play with the minnows it might be a good idea to bring a hand towel.

3. Have a Picnic
Even if the family is pressed for time between all of your busy lives, 30 minutes of quality brunch time on a folded-out towel will never hurt anyone.

4. Take a walk
Walking is one of the best ways to get the blood flowing through your entire body. Taking a walk can give everyone the chance to talk about their exciting day, and get in shape all at the same time.

5. Take a Swim
Swimming is also a great way to get in shape. Plus, if the whole family gets involved, there will be no need to use that extra water in the tub.