Riding bicycles, tricycles and big wheels is all part of summer fun. Right along with that fun comes teaching bicycle safety. Wearing a bike helmet is a great way to stay safe while doing any type of wheeled activity. Teach children how to ride safely around others and be aware of their surroundings. Setting up a simple obstacle course with cones to go around can help children learn how to steer their bikes and go around objects that might be in their way. Place a few stop signs around or hold up red and green stop and go signs to teach some “rules of the road” right in your own driveway.
Summer is a great time to teach about sun safety as children continue to ask, “Why do I have to wear sunscreen?” Set up this simple experiment with your children to show how sunscreen counteracts the effects of the sun and its harmful rays. Fold a piece of colored construction paper in half and then open it up so you can see the fold line down the middle. Spread sunscreen on one half of the paper and on the other half do nothing. Then leave the paper outside in the sun for a few hours. Go check on the paper and observe the changes that have occurred. Discuss with the children any changes to the paper. What happened to the side without the sunscreen protection? How are the two sides different now?
As caregivers it is very important to remember how fast the interior of a car can heat up on a warm day. It takes only 20 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 120 degrees on a 70 degree day. Infants and children left in this situation are very vulnerable to dehydration and getting over heated. Never, ever leave an infant or child alone in the car, keep them safe and always take them with you.
Enjoy the summer and teach your children a few things about summer safety along the way.