Splashtastic Water Activities

We are always looking for ways to avoid the sizzling heat in the summer, and anything involving water is a huge hit! Here are some splashtastic water activities to enjoy under the summer sun! Water Balloon Letter Smash: This is a great activity to help with letter recognition. Get outdoors and be active under the summer sun. Fill up at least 26 balloons with water, each marked with a letter of the alphabet. Use your chalk and write out the alphabet on the sidewalk. Pick a balloon; find the matching letter on the sidewalk and smaaaash that balloon. You can also use this activity to help with capitalization and lower case letters, or even spelling! Water Cup Races Grab those water guns and head outdoors to have the race of the summer! Using some plastic cups and a few very long strings, punch a hole in the bottom of the cup, and slide the string through the hole. Then tie both ends of the string to something sturdy (like 2 chairs of similar height). This will give you a track of string, with the cup as a target to move across the track. On your marks, get set, GO! Squirt your water gun into the cup to get it moving along the string. The first cup to reach the finish line wins! If your kids are younger, this is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination. If they are older, make it more of a challenge, and have each child answer a trivia or math question in order to squirt into their cup! Sponge Water Bombs If you don’t have access to water balloons, these sponges are a great alternative. They are super easy to make, cheap, and there are no little balloon pieces to pick up. All you need are kitchen sponges (in various colors if possible), string and scissors. Cut up the sponges into little strips and tie them together in the center with the string. Blogger, Our Family of Seven, wrote a great article on how to make these Sponge Bombs! Don’t let that summer heat keep you from getting outdoors. With these splashtastic ideas, you can keep cool under the hot sun all summer long.

Brain-Eating Amoeba Tied to Tap Water in Neti Pot

This a rare case that serves as a reminder for people to follow the directions when using a Neti pot, and to use only boiled or distilled water, said Dr. Charles Cobbs, a neurosurgeon at Swedish Medic

Supreme Court Declines Key Planned Parenthood Case

Abortion opponents have say Planned Parenthood -- the nation's largest abortion provider -- should not receive any government money.

New Exercise Guidelines Urge Everyone: Just Move

This is only the second time HHS has released these types of physical activity recommendations. The original set was issued in 2008

Study: Statins’ Benefits Solid, Side Effects Rare

The benefits of statins are clear, and side effects from the cholesterol-fighting drugs are rare, according to a new analysis of decades of scientific research.

Autism, ADHD Tied to Raised Risk in Siblings

Younger siblings of children with autism have a 30-fold increased relative risk they'll be diagnosed with autism themselves. They're also nearly four times as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, researc

Have Heart Failure? Flu Shot May Save Your Life

People who were recently diagnosed with heart failure and got a flu shot cut their risk of premature death by 18 percent, compared with not getting a shot, according to a new study from Denmark.

Electronic Health Records Bogging Docs Down

Managing electronic health records is creating “technology-related stress” for physicians, and primary care doctors are most at risk, according to a new survey.

Almost Half of U.S. Adults to Skip Flu Shot

Results showed that 43% of adults have received the flu shot and that 14% had not yet been vaccinated but planned to be. Yet 41% of adults surveyed said they did not plan to get vaccinated. About 2% w

Opioids Exact Another Toll on Newborns: Smaller Heads

Infants born addicted to opioids had significantly smaller head circumferences, researchers have found, potentially putting them at higher risk for mental health and developmental problems.

Family, School Support May Help Stop Bullies

The stronger a student's reported positive family relationships, the more likely a student was to deem aggressive behaviors and retaliation unacceptable, and the more likely they were to intervene in

New Car Seat Guidelines

One of the most dangerous places for a child is riding in the car. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “car crashes remain a leading cause of death for children. Over the last 10 years

Tips for Parents of Teething Babies

You’ve finally gotten your baby to sleep through the night, when all of a sudden you’re faced with another challenge, TEETHING! It seems your sweet child is chewing on everything in sight. In add

5 Tips to Get Your Child’s Sleep Schedule Back on Track for School

The late nights and relaxing mornings of summer have come to an end and will soon be replaced by early morning wake-ups for school. Being deprived of even a half hour of sleep can have a big impact o

Staying Safe Under the Sun

With summer here, everyone is spending more time together in the sunshine. Before you head outside, make sure you’re aware of the potential threats the summer rays can pose to you and your family.

Staying Safe at the Pool

Swimming pools are perfect for long, hot summer days. They’re a perfect way to help your kids cool down and escape those summer rays. Yet, swimming pools can also be dangerous and potentially life-

National Dairy Month

Get More With Milk! June is National Dairy Month, a tradition dating back to 1937 when we used this time to promote the health benefits of introducing more dairy into our diets. Today, National Dairy

Summer Heat Safety

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends! Even though summertime is full of fun, the summer heat can also be dangerous–especially for our young children. It’s

National Safety Month

Summer has arrived and school is almost out. Prime vacation and family time are right around the corner! This summer, we encourage you and your family to keep safety top of mind, wherever you go. Jun

Dr. Marylee Mundell Is Named One of Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2018!

We are honored to announce that Dr. Marylee Mundell, D.O., F.A.A.P. has been named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2018! Philadelphia is a hub for medicine. The area is world renowne

All Eyes on Vision

Eyes. We are constantly using them, and so are our children. The eyes begin to work from the moment your little ones wake up in the morning, to the moment they close their eyes at night. Children’s


Subscribe via RSS

News Category

Health >> Pediatrics

Feed Tags:

  • summer fun
  • summer water activities
  • summer fun exercise

All feed content copyright theiir respective owners. Use of links to and summaries of content by this site in rss curation falls under fair use for the purpose of reporting and commentary.