Hey Parents,

Has anyone seen the weather report for this week? The heat index is reaching triple digits at least five days in a row. It’s a great time to hit the pool, but we wanted to give you a few other ideas for “What to do when it’s 102.” So, grab your Daily Bible Reading Calendar and/or Preschool Summer Discipleship Calendar so you can disciple along the way….and let’s go!

Remember Deuteronomy 6:7: Teach them diligently to your children – repeat them again and again, multiple times a day – talk about them when you are at home and on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up!

Have a great time and think cool.

Love,
The Kids Ministry Team

Ways to Stay Cool

  • Have a water day!
    • Play in the Sprinkler
    • Slip n Slide (available at Walmart, Amazon)
    • Fill up a Kiddie Pool with shaving cream, hide treasures in it to find, rinse off in sprinkler.
    • Water Guns
    • Water Balloon War
    • Water Balloon Pinata (Tie water balloons to a long string/rope and stretch it across your patio, then let the kids take turns with a plastic bat)
    • Water Balloon Hunt (like an Easter egg hunt-ish). Either assign each child a color balloon to find or write their names on an equal number of balloons. After the hunt, throw the balloons at a target or each other.
    • Watermelon eating and seed spitting contest
    • Ice Bucket Challenge
    • Set up a “Bike Wash” on your driveway. Sponges, buckets and a water hose will do the trick.
  • Ice excavating. Freeze a block of ice. Give the kids whatever tool you are comfortable with and let them chip away. Even babies love to touch ice and watch it melt. For variety, freeze coins or plastic figures in the ice for kids to find.
  • Ice Sculpture. Freeze blocks of ice in different containers. Take them outside and use for building blocks.
  • Play Freeze Dance or Freeze Tag.
  • Enjoy Opposite Day. Eat breakfast for dinner, wear your clothes inside out and be silly.
  • Work a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Kurbside Kona Ice delivers to your door ($20 minimum)! Schedule a snow cone afternoon, invite your neighbors, then invite them to online church Sunday/Kids Ministry Essential Family Nights on Wednesday!
  • Make edible cookie dough and eat it with ice cream. (Miss Stephanie recommends that everyone have their own bucket of Blue Bell.) Even toddlers can help measure and stir.
    www.allrecipes.com/gallery/best-edible-cookie-dough-treats
  • Sunset Croquet Tournament. Don’t forget the bug spray!
  • Visit the Water Wall at 2800 Post Oak Blvd, it’s open until 9 p.m.
  • Bob for apples in a tub of ice water
  • Go Geocaching after dinner!
  • Play flashlight tag at night.
  • Build a pop up playground with boxes, pool noodles, hula hoops, ropes, ladders, fabric, and recycled materials.
  • Visit the Waugh Drive Bridge Bat Colony. Arrive about 30 minutes before sunset so you don’t miss the show!
  • Print pictures you’ve taken during the four months of Covid. Talk about how things have changed, fun things you’ve done, and the things you’ve learned about God and each other. Reflect on God’s providence to your family then make a Covid mural or scrapbook with the photos.
  • Smither Park, 2411 Munger Street is a creative urban space full of mosaic art, open until 8 p.m.
  • Driving tour of Houston murals. Here’s a couple of links, or you can google Houston Murals and let the kids make their own map. (Parents may need to supervise to make sure murals are all family friendly.) Take snacks!
  • End your day with a pillow fight!