Are you still in School when the days get hot? Does your classroom get even hotter than normal and get your students - and yourselves - all antsy and hot and bothered? Then check out these 10 ways that you can help cool everyone down..
1) Paddling Pools
A lot of Schools aren't able to allow students to go into paddling pools and use swimwear but you can use paddling pools in lots of different ways. You can dip your feet in them, you can sit around the sides and just play with the water. The great thing about cool water is it's going to cool you down!
2) Water Pistol Fight!
So, in the Summer we always ask parents to send in some spare clothes and if they're happy for them to have some water play - they always are, especially when it means helping their children stay cool. Now, we tend to keep this activity as an after dinner one so we've done our work for the day and then it's relax time. We change them into their spare clothes, go out into the garden and give the students their own water pistol each, then have fun! You can either get them to shoot water at each other or at obstacles around the garden, at staff, at themselves etc. This is a free choice activity and just a way for them to cool down so you can encourage them to play as they wish - within means.
3) Water Bombs
Have you seen these bunch o bombs? Our kids had so much fun last summer filling them up and throwing them onto the floor and watching them burst! We put wellies on them so they could throw them to the floor and not worry about their shoes getting wet. It was a great way for the students to cool down.
4) Outside areas
If you have an outside space, invest in a pop up gazebo to provide some shade when outside. You can put a table of cool drinks, ice or water play under here to give students somewhere to go to cool down.
5) Cooling Mist Spray
This spray is one of our most important items during the hot, summer months. You can spray it onto your face to cool you down or on any body part - and onto students. When we mentioned this to the parents of the kiddos in our class, they all invested in some and sent it in with permission for us to put onto our kids, we always taught our kids how to apply it to themselves when they are really hot - it really helps cool them down quickly.
6) Make frozen lollies!
This is great for you to do together with your students. Just simply invest in some lollipop moulds, fill them with juices, water, chopped fruit, whatever you want then put them into the freezer and let them go hard. Once done, you can pull them out on hot days to help cool everyone down.
7) Have lots of FLUIDS
The most important thing to do during the hot, summer days is having lots of fluids available. Make sure you take cool water drinks through the day, allow extra breaks for students to be able to grab a glass of water - encourage water over sodas and try to engage your students with working on dehydration and the importance of fluids.
If you are able to invest in some electrical fans and have them around the classroom - do it! Put them out of the reach of your students and if you can have more than one, dot them around the room to rotate around.
If you have blinds in your classroom, try to keep these closed where possible - either around all of the room or most of the room, this avoids letting the sun into the room heating it up and also provides shaded areas for your students.
10) Ice Play
Use the summer months to learn about ice and the arctic. You can use this opportunity for lots of ice play in the classroom, especially in tough-spots where you can have ice all around for students to play with, this will help to create a cooling atmosphere.
I hope these tips help you to stay cool in the classroom! Do you struggle with a hot classroom/learning space? What tips/tricks have you picked up?