Spring is here and summer is on the way! If they are not already done with school for the year, your kids are likely barely able to stay in their seats. The warm sun of the summer outdoors invites them to cast of their thinking caps for a bit and take a break from the classroom and homework. It’s time to explore and play! But where there is fun and adventure, danger can also tag along. To make this summer fun for both you and your kids, let’s go over a few summer safety tips for kids.
Summer Safety Tip: Sun Protection
One of the most important summer safety tips for kids is one of the easiest to address. The sun is the source of summer fun, but it can also leave a nasty burn if it is not respected. Start off teaching your child about the danger of staying in the sun too long. While it is not necessary to scare them with the details of skin cancer and sun stroke, keeping them aware of the potential danger of both heat and sun is vital.
In addition to sunscreen, have your little one wear a hat, especially if the set off into unknown territory in the middle of the day. It’s important to make sun safety awareness fun for them. Before the summer months, get your child excited about buying a new hat and let them pick one out. This will make it more likely that they will wear it during the long summer days.
Summer Safety Tip: Water and Dehydration
Dehydration can sneak up on anyone, especially children. When you are busy romping through the backyard chasing down adventure, sometimes you forget to drink enough. Make sure that your child is drinking enough water during the hot summer months. Most experts recommend that children from 5 to 8 years of age consume at least 5 cups of water a day to maintain hydration. And if they are active, they will need more.
It is also a good idea to watch out for the signs of dehydration. You can find some more info on dehydration and what to do about it here.
Summer Safety Tip: Swimming Safety
Summer time is pool time! Or maybe where you live its beach time! Either way, its important that you child understand the basics of water safety.
Make sure they understand the danger of diving into shallow water, running on wet surfaces and roughhousing in and around the pool.
Always make sure that there is adult supervision in any situation where there are children in the water.
Revisiting sun safety, make sure that you reapply sunscreen to your child. Even if the bottle says it is water proof, it is a good idea to add an extra layer every two hours or so.
Summer Safety at ABC Academy Jackson
No matter the season, the safety of all the children at ABC Academy Jackson is our top priority. The summer camp program at ABC Academy Jackson is designed to ensure that the children have the best experience in the safest possible environment. Our NAEYC accreditation requires the staff, facility and programs at ABC Academy Jackson to be submitted to a rigorous set of safety and academic standards. For an exceptionally fun, safe and engaging summer come check out our STEM inspired STEAM summer program! Our STEAM summer camp incorporates all the important concepts of a STEM education plus a complimentary art and design focus. Contact us today to make this summer best learning experience it can be!