6 Must-Have Summer Essentials for Kids

6 Must-Have Summer Essentials for Kids

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As the temperature rises and the school bells ring for the last time, it’s time to embrace the joys of summer with your little ones. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, beach trips, or simply spending quality time in your backyard, it’s essential to ensure your kids have everything they need to stay cool, hydrated, and entertained. Let’s explore 6 must-have summer essentials for kids that will make their summer days filled with frozen treats, water play, and endless fun. Let’s dive in!

6 Must-Have Summer Essentials for Kids: Stay Cool and Have Fun

Frozen Magic Slushy Cup

Beat the summer heat with a refreshing and magical twist! A frozen magic slushy cup is the perfect accessory for your little ones. This innovative cup allows kids to create their own slushie by freezing the inner core, which magically transforms their favorite drinks into icy delights. It’s not only a fun way to keep them hydrated but also encourages creativity as they mix and match flavors. Say goodbye to sugary store-bought slushies and hello to homemade, nutritional alternatives!

Reusable Water Balloons

Water balloon fights are a classic summer pastime, but the waste of traditional balloons can be a concern. Enter reusable water balloons! Made from durable materials, these eco-friendly alternatives can be filled up and thrown just like regular water balloons, but without the hassle of cleaning up tiny balloon pieces afterward. Simply refill them, and the fun never stops! It’s a sustainable choice that keeps the laughter flowing and the environment happy.

Portable Neck Fan

When the summer sun is scorching, staying cool becomes a top priority. A portable neck fan is an excellent solution to beat the heat. These lightweight and hands-free fans hang comfortably around the neck, providing a refreshing breeze on demand. Whether your kids are playing sports, exploring nature, or simply lounging by the pool, a portable neck fan ensures they stay cool and comfortable throughout the day.

Travel Snack and Drink Tumbler

Family adventures often involve being on the go, and hungry little tummies can quickly lead to crankiness. Enter the travel snack and drink tumbler! This clever tumbler keeps snacks dry and easily accessible. Fill the compartment with your child’s favorite treat and fill with their favorite drink, and let them enjoy a picnic wherever they go. The spill-proof design ensures no messes, making it a must-have for road trips, beach outings, and park visits.

Athletic Water Socks

Whether your kids are building sandcastles at the beach or splashing around in the pool, protecting their feet is crucial. Athletic water socks are designed to provide comfort, grip, and protection in and out of the water. With quick-drying materials and anti-slip soles, these socks keep little feet safe from hot sand, rough pool surfaces, and potential slips. Let your kids enjoy their summer activities worry-free while their feet stay cozy and protected.

3 in 1 Water Splash Park

Transform your backyard into a water wonderland with a 3-in-1 splash park. These inflatable playsets feature a combination of a sprinkler, slide, and wading pool, creating a mini water park right at home. Let your kids cool off as they slide down the refreshing waterslide, splash around in the shallow pool, and dance under the playful sprinklers. This versatile summer essential guarantees hours of laughter and creates unforgettable memories for your little adventurers.

Summer is a time for kids to have fun, explore, and make lasting memories. With these six summer essentials for kids, you can ensure they stay cool, hydrated, and entertained!

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Chili Lime Watermelon Pops

Chili Lime Watermelon Pops

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This simple yet refreshing summer great is a crowd pleaser of all ages! With the sophistication of spice and playfulness of the popsicle stick, these chili lime watermelon pops are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ gathering.

This combination is simple, yet fierce. It first gives you a salt and spice and the then sweetness of the watermelon to complete your flavor buds needs.

Ingredients are simple:

Slice whole watermelon into circles and then cut into quarter pieces.

Using popsicle sticks, insert them into the rinds of the watermelon.

I got this 100 piece pack at Dollar Tree in the craft section!

Squirt some lime juice, then spray chili liquid 1-2 times on each watermelon slice. Each spray is equivalent to ¼ tsp.

Liquid spice is a great alternative to dry spices. The controlled spray application eliminates the work, the mess, and the guessing of measurements.

Sprinkle each slice with some salt and smoked paprika.

Eat right away or place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Whether it’s a midday snack or dish for your next summer potluck these chili lime watermelon pops are sure to be a hit!

Strawberry Pop-tart Ice Cream Pops

Strawberry Pop-tart Ice Cream Pops

I’m on a strawberry kick, but what’s a better fruit to be loving during summer?

A few blog posts back, I shared how to a make Strawberry Dalgona Drink and since I couldn’t get enough, I decided to make these delicious and creamy popsicles.

What happens when you mix your favorite breakfast and your favorite dessert together? Pop-tart ice cream!

When you make this easy recipe, you can store it in a container and scoop it out like traditional ice cream, or you can make fun popsicles like I did!

These popsicle molds are adorable and the perfect size for little ones hands.

Since my Strawberry Dalgona drink was a hit, I decided to make something else using the same recipe.


  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Nesquik Strawberry Powder Mix
  • Strawberry flavored Pop-tarts
  • Fresh Strawberries


  • Make strawberry whipped cream, refer to my Strawberry Dalgona Drink post on how to make it.
  • Crush Pop tarts and cut up strawberries into small pieces.
  • Sprinkle pop tart crumbles and strawberries into popsicle molds.
  • Pour strawberry whipped cream into molds.
  • If you are doing traditional ice cream, pour whipped cream in a bread pan and mix in pop-tart crumbles and strawberries until even.
  • Freeze for 6-8 hours.

Time to enjoy! I promise you will want more than one and making this recipe more than once this summer. It is the perfect sweet and refreshing treat.

Strawberry Pop-tart Ice Cream Pops

What happens when you mix your favorite breakfast and your favorite dessert together? Pop-tart ice cream!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Popsicle molds
  • Bread pan


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbs Nesquik Strawberry Powder mix
  • 1 cup crumbled strawberry Pop-tarts
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries cut up


  • Make strawberry whipped cream Strawberry Dalgona Drink Mix
  • Sprinkle crumbled pop-tarts and strawberries in popsicle mold
  • Pour strawberry whipped cream into popsicle mold
  • If using a bread pan, pour whipped cream and mix in pop-tarts and strawberries until well blended.
  • Freeze 6-8 hours.
Ocean Beach Float Recipe

Ocean Beach Float Recipe

This fun summer drink is filled with a burst of fruity fizz with notes of smooth and creamy vanilla. The perfect drink to have after a day of soaking up the sun!

I am sure you are already thinking of what summer cocktails you will be having this summer, but what about for your little ones?

Whip up this delicious ocean beach float for them and watch them smile from ear to ear.

Ingredients are simple, you will need:

  • Kool-Aid Blue Raspberry liquid drink mix
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Teddy Grahams crackers
  • Swedish Fish Candy (assorted colors)
  • LaCroix sparking water (flavor of choice
  • Drink umbrellas for decoration


  • Fill glass jar right before the rim with soda.
  • Depending on size of glass, add drops of Kool-Aid drink mix. (Directions on bottle will tell you how many drops to use.
  • Very gently stir to mix flavor, you don’t want to flatten the drink.
  • Take one scoop of vanilla ice cream and place of top of drink.
  • Add your garnishes of Swedish fish, Teddy Grahams and umbrella!

Feel free to make this an adult drink by using MiO Energy drink mix in Wicked Blue. It has caffeine so you can keep up with the kids all day long!

If you want an even more adult beverage, add your favorite vodka or rum, I had it with rum and it was delicious!

Hopefully your summer days will be filled with sunshine, sprinklers and hotdogs, it is some something we all deserve this season!


For more summer activities and ideas be sure to scroll below and check out some other of my blogger friends I’ve teamed up with!

Easy Homemade Bubble Solution With 3 Ingredients– Our Tiny Nest

No Mess Watercolor Painting– The Very Best Baby Stuff

Activities for Kids on Sunny or Rainy Days – Caitlin Houston Blog

Yummy Homemade Popsicles – Christina On the Daily

Activities For Kids in the Summer– Aratari At Home

Peach and Arugala Salad Flatbread – Home With The Wileys