Kids love basking in the sunshine, which is great as it gives them a healthy dose of vitamin D. But when they get all hot and sweaty, as a parent, you know this is a telltale sign of an imminent summer meltdown. Stock your freezer with these quick and easy frozen treats that your kids will enjoy making, too. Bonus: get them to help out in preparing these for a fun summer activity that will keep them busy!
Watermelon Icy Poles
This juicy fruit is a no-brainer on a hot summer’s day as it contains up to 92 per cent water, making it very refreshing and hydrating.
¼ whole seedless watermelon
4 wooden paddle popsicle sticks
1. Cut watermelon into wedges.
2. Using a small knife, cut a slit in the skin of each watermelon wedge and ask your kids to insert a paddle popsicle stick.
3. Lay wedges flat in an airtight container and freeze for two hours before serving.
Fruity Lemonade Icy Poles
The next time the kid down the road tries to outdo your child’s lemonade stand, why not up the ante with this frozen version? Adult supervision required!
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
¾ cup chopped fruits
4 icy pole molds
1. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove saucepan from the heat and set aside to cool before stirring in the lemon juice.
2. Divide and layer fruits evenly in the icy pole molds. Insert the sticks from the molds, then pour the lemonade mixture evenly into each mold.
3. Freeze for at least six hours or overnight, until frozen.
Frozen Yogurt Pops
If it’s a challenge getting a little extra dairy into your child’s diet, try offering them this surprising snack.
4 small single-serve tubs of yogurt
4 wooden paddle pop sticks
1. Peel and discard the lids from the yogurt tubs and ask your child to insert a paddle pop stick in each tub.
2. Place in the freezer for a few hours or until firm – no machine churning required! Yogurt in tubes work a treat, too. Simply place the tubes in the freezer to harden.
Choc-dipped banana is a simple yet decadent dessert for the little ones. For a healthier version, why not use yogurt dip instead?
2 large bananas, peeled and halved crossways
160ml flavored yogurt
250g toasted muesli or granola
4 wooden paddle popsicle sticks
1. Place yogurt in one shallow bowl and the muesli or granola in another.
2. Insert a paddle pop stick into the base of each banana half. Coat banana in yogurt then muesli or granola.
3. Place on a lined tray and freeze for two hours before serving.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
This delicious dessert is only limited by your imagination and the flavors you find on the supermarket shelves.
8 large freshly-baked cookies
1 pint (473mL) of ice cream
1. Line the cookies up in pairs.
2. Divide and spoon the ice cream evenly onto four cookie bases. Place four remaining cookies on top of ice cream.
3. Place in an airtight container, separating each ice cream sandwich with baking paper and freeze until firm. The next time you and your family are looking for a little relief from the hot sun, these treats will refresh and hydrate everyone. The only challenge will be eating them before they melt down your arm!
Kitchen time is always a great bonding opportunity for parents and their kids, but also an easy way to get clothes soiled with food stains. Good thing there are laundry detergents like Tide Perfect Clean that can easily take these tough stains off with just one wash; especially those hard-to-remove stains on that stick to collar, sleeves, and armpits.
What are some of your cool down summer favorites to make at home? Share them below!