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With 100-degree weather pretty much settled in, keeping cool is now a top priority. But why not spend the summer creating, crafting and ultimately enjoying the next three months hiding inside the cool air-conditioned confines of the living room?

Here are some ideas that could help keep you cool this weekend and all summer long!


DIY Slip-N-Slide:


  • Plastic sheeting or tarp
  • Recycled milk jugs
  • Garden hose

Nothing screams fun under the hot summer sun quite like the classic Slip ‘N Slide.

But who says you have to run off to the closest toy store for the authentic classic when you can assemble a simple, yet versatile, slip-n-side that could last you all summer?!

Keep your days full of excitement and assemble a quick, cost effective, grown-up sized and just as good slide with stuff laying around in the garage—or at your local hardware store!

To the Nitty Gritty:

Find your desired spot—make sure it’s flat and devoid of sharp, painful objects (like rocks, or worse, cactus!). Also, make sure the landing zone is clear and safe!

Get your plastic sheeting or tarp—you will want enough sheeting to cover the desired length of your slide and width to accommodate both adults and children (let’s be honest, you’ll be wanting to hop right on with your kids too!).

Weigh down the edges of the sheet with your eco-friendly, recycled milk jugs. Make sure you have enough to hold the sheet in place!

Next, wet the surface thoroughly throughout use with your garden hose. Voila! You are pretty much ready to start sliding!

For the more advanced DIY-ers, you also can add sprinkler attachments to your hose to get soaked, some eco-(and tears) friendly bubbles for a foam party, or even paint to dye a white t-shirt as you make your way down the slide!

Be sure that materials are nontoxic and washable. Have countless variations on an old classic!

Now, complement your new slip ‘n slide with these tasty treats!


Watermelon Pops:

  • Watermelon
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Molds or ice trays
  • Popsicle sticks

Keep the temps down and days cool with ice-cold watermelon pops!

These tasty treats are quick and easy to make at home!

Cut up your watermelons and blend it up with water until you create a smooth mixture.

Pour this blended mixture in popsicle molds (use your sticks to give yourself handles) or simply pour them into ice cube trays and freeze!

Once frozen, have a choice to enjoy on their own, thrown in a glass of lemonade or your favorite ice-cold drink!




Bubble Snake:

  • Empty plastic water bottle (recycle, reduce and reuse!)
  • A sock
  • Bucket
  • Soap

Here’s a crafty idea that can be added to the D-I-Y Slip-N-Slide fun or enjoyed alone.

While staying hydrated in the Arizona heat, gather an empty plastic water bottle. You’ll also need an old sock for this craft, so go grab the sock that’s lost its mate in the dryer!

Grab your bucket and fill it with soapy water.

Cut off the bottom of the water bottle and place the sock over the hole.

Next, swirl the sock-covered bottom of the water bottle in the bucket of soapy water.

To form the bubble snake, remove the water bottle from the bucket and blow in the end that is usually used to drink from.


BONUS: Add food coloring to your soapy water and watch your bubble snake change colors!



Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Apprentice. When Yanez is not doing school work, he is off doing daddy duties for young Kennedy.