Five Slides to Watch Out for this Summer
June 19, 2012 ~
Summer — the season of playgrounds. Skinned knees, sunburns and splinters abound as children spend more and more time outside. June is National Safety Month in the U.S., and with that in mind, we’ve broken down the slides your children should be careful of.
Regardless of where your summer takes you, the dreaded ‘summer slide’ remains the one every parent should be aware of.
- Metal slides: While most parks have removed metal slides from their playgrounds, your child could still stumble upon one of these classic installations. It can be a hot ride down, taking the fun out of the slide! Do a quick temperature check before letting your little one take a ride.
- Enclosed playground slides: Get your child into the habit of doing a ‘double-check’ before riding on an enclosed playground slide. With the main part of the slide obscured from sight, your child could collide with a playmate, hit a hidden object or even encounter a spider web (a risk that comes with being the first slider of the day).
- Slides that empty into ball pits: Like metal slides, ball pits are becoming a rarity in play areas. Though they’re sure to inspire shrieks of excitement from younger children, but where there’s a ball pit, there’s a risk that your child is sliding into potential germs and hidden objects.
- Water slides: Water parks are home to the most thrilling of slides, the water slide, which can also be the most dangerous. Check height requirements, make sure a lifeguard is on duty, and be mindful of the depth of the pool the slide runs into, so your child can enjoy the ride and the swim back to land!
What is the dreaded ‘summer slide’?
The summer slide, the one slide your children should be determined to avoid, refers to the pause in learning that comes with the absence of school instruction during summer vacation. Many children lose up to two months of skills and knowledge, which must be retaught at the beginning of the next school year.
Help keep your children’s math and reading abilities intact by making learning part of their summertime experience. Keep books and educational games on hand during long vacations. Visit education.com. to learn more about summer learning on a budget and for tips on how to keep learning hot during warmer months.
No matter what type of slide you encounter this summer, the best way to avoid problems is with a simple observation of your surroundings. Check out your child’s environment for opportunities to learn; if you don’t see any, create them. Make learning as fun as the rest of their summer, and they will be sharp when summer fades to fall and school comes back around.