Recently I’ve had to hide the lego away from my kids. Not because I’m a mean mum (well, maybe) but with selling our home my daughter seemed to have some kind of sixth sense for when the place would need to be tidy for viewings or surveyors and would head straight to the lego box. Boom – maximum impact. This lego ice play idea was great for us because it allowed her to play with the lego all in one place and – bonus – got it cleaned up ready to pack. The ingenious little tool I used to make the lego ice was pretty cheap too and it great for perking up kids drinks on hot days!
In the old days I used to love the hot weather. I have Raynaurd’s Disease too which means the times when I feel anything other than freezing can basically be counted on one hand. But six months pregnant? With a toddler? Hmm.
This great idea was something the Pre-school I visited yesterday were doing and when I recreated it at home today my friend told me to take pictures and blog it as it’s such a fab idea. I know that she reads this so I thought I better comply!
I filled the washing up bowl with cold water and a squirt of washing up liquid and chucked in a load of The Toddlers toys. Obviously not anything containing batteries! Toddler and his friend then spent ages looking for toys, taking them out, playing with them, putting them back in the water and, bonus, getting the toys clean at the same time. (I umm..don’t clean toys that often…)
Another added and brill bonus is that the BBC reported this week that one of their tips for cooling down in hot weather is to stick your hands in cold water. Much easier to get a child to do if there’s toys involved! They also encouraged wearing a damp tshirt which I can also report back certainly happened!
How are you keeping you and your kids cool in the hot weather? Any suggestions gratefully received!