Things to Do With Kids During a Heat Wave

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Highlights magazine offers activity ideas for things to do with kids during a heat wave to keep cool and have fun, indoors and out! Check out and download a heat wave activity guide at

Fun Activities With Ice Help Kids Stay Cool During Heat Wave

This summer’s heat wave can sometimes put a stop to summer fun. The editors of Highlights magazine have posted some ideas for kids to stay busy, and cool, at Here are a few suggestions for activities to ride out the heat:

1.    Fill a wading pool with water, and create “splashdance” routines with friends.
2.    Instead of putting ice cubes in your lemonade, use frozen grapes and berries for a sweet twist.
3.    Play sponge tag! Whoever is It uses a soft, wet sponge to tag other players. (It cannot throw the sponge).
4.    Make a “Floating Water Lilies” centerpiece (instructions at
5.    Play ice checkers! Use 12 regular ice cubes and 12 cubes made with a grape frozen inside each one. Use chalk to draw a checkerboard on the sidewalk. To “king” a checker, place a penny on top of it. Play until the checkers melt!
6.    Make ice cube glue! Download instructions for this and other ice activities at

Families can download these and other fun ideas to stay cool at For information on safety during heat waves, visit for their Heat Wave Safety Check List.

About Highlights:
Devoted to “Fun with a Purpose,” family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. ( has helped children become their best selves for generations. Highlights magazines are the best-read children’s magazines in North America, and total more than 250 million impressions each year. Other Highlights offerings include a web site for kids (, a children’s book company (Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and mobile applications like My First Hidden Pictures. “Fun with a Purpose,” Hidden Pictures and Goofus and Gallant are a registered trademarks of Highlights for Children, Inc.

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