Links We Love: Sand Art, Rock Bugs, and Fresh Fruit Granita

With most of the country in the midst of a major heat wave, stay cool with these take-anywhere, kid-approved crafts perfect for lazy summer days.

If you're headed to the beach (or want to pretend), keep the kids busy in between swims with this simple, shore-friendly craft from Under the Sycamore. We adore the instant masterpieces tots can create with just a piece of cardboard, glue and sand.

Or find a spot in the shade and gather some personality-filled rocks. Irresistible Ideas shows you how to turn them into fun and colorful rock bugs that kids will love to play with—all you need are markers and googly eyes (we think this also works great with shells!).

Ice cream for breakfast? Dim Sum, Bagels and Crawfish’s musings on enjoying granita (a refreshing semi-frozen fruity sorbet) with little ones got us thinking of bending the rules just this once for this summer morning treat. Plus, it couldn’t be any easier with just four ingredients: Follow the healthy recipe on Simple Bites for delish fresh strawberry granita ideal for any time of day.

Maybe the balmy weather is prime time for cuddling up inside, with air conditioning at your beckon call. Host an at-home family movie night with our roundup of the year’s best kid-friendly DVDs for all ages from toddler to tween. Kick off the evening (and beat the heat) with one of these delish no-cook recipes from iVillage's Food channel. Enjoy!


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