The midsummer months usher in patriotic picnics, lightning bugs and blazing afternoon heat.  How will you beat the July heat with your kiddos?  Of course, we always suggest sprinklers in the front yard, plenty of iced water and a weekend trip to the beach as the remedy for this summertime problem.  However, we all know that’s not entirely possible in the middle of a long week.  We won’t leave you hanging, though.  We’ve got a quick and simple recipe to keep your kids occupied and cooled off this summer.
What You’ll Need:

  • Your kids’ favorite juice: Orange is our personal preference
  • Frozen fruit: Optional, but tastes great
  • Ice cube tray
  • Freezer

How You’ll Do It: 

  • Give each child an ice cube tray or divide the tray into halves so each child has a half.
  • Help your child fill each ice cube three quarters of the way with their juice of choice.
  • Add one small piece of frozen fruit into a few cubes
  • Place in freezer for 3-4 hours. Bonus: if you’d like more of a slushy texture, you can pull the trays out earlier.

Ice cube tray popsicles are easy crowd pleasers.  They give kids control and allow them to spend time in the kitchen, but they’re not tricky or time consuming.  The hardest part will be cultivating patience in your children as they wait for their handcrafted treats.  Serve one of each flavor in a small glass or bowl to your dinner guests that evening.  Your children will be able to show off their handiwork and enjoy each other’s creations.
These warm summer days are the perfect opportunity to let your kids be creative–whether on paper or in the kitchen.  Let their imaginations run wild and teach them how integral creativity is in our everyday lives.  Just like we suggested last week, sometimes grown-up creativity time is just as important.  De-stress or unwind with a quick session in the kitchen, baking or making these fun and easy popsicles!