Hey GEMS! We’ll all be spending more time playing outside and being active now that school is out. Since it’s hotter in the summer it’s important that we all drink plenty of water. We want to stay healthy so we can have lots of fun this summer, so we’ve come up with 5 tips for how to drink enough water.
But first if you’re not convinced you should be drinking water, here are a few fun facts for those of you who need to know why!
Our body is made up of 60% to 70% water. Now that’s a LOT of water! That alone should make all of us see how important it is to drink water! Our body uses water in so many ways. It’s needed for our muscles and joints to move, for our brain to think, for our stomach to digest food, and to keep our body from getting too hot or too cold. Water even effects if we are in a good or bad mood!
So, here’s our 5 tips on how to get enough water this summer!
Get a colorful cup, with a fun straw. That’s way more fun than a plain glass, or a clear plastic water bottle, and you’ll always know which water is yours! Why not buy two? You can leave one at home, and take the other one with you when you go outside to play or go to the pool. Is super important to drink water when you’re active.
Put slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or mint leaves in your water. It gives it a nice light natural taste.
Tip from Giselle:
We have lemon trees and also mint growing in our back yard. I love to put 4-5 mint leaves or a lemon slice in a glass of ice water. Sometimes I make a whole pitcher of mint water or lemon water and keep it in the fridge for everyone to enjoy. It tastes even better when it sits in the fridge for a while.
Hey GEMS! There’s all kinds of fun things we want to do this summer, and we just realized we’re going to need some money! We figured you probably do too, so we came up with six ideas for how to earn $$ this summer. Make sure you ask your parents for permission before you try any of these. You might want to do these jobs with a friend and split the money. That’s even more fun!
Set up a table and chair in your yard by the street. Make a sign that says lemonade $1.00 (or whatever price you choose). Make some lemonade. You could also make iced tea. You’ll need some disposable cups and a cooler of ice. Sit by your lemonade stand.
As cars in your neighborhood drive by, hold up your sign. Jump up and down and wave at them to get their attention. If you can get them to stop, they won’t be able to say no to an iced cold drink!
Offer to walk their dog for neighbors, friends, or family. This is a pretty easy job, and fun, except for one thing.
Make sure and take two or three doggie bags with you because if the dog does it’s business, you have to pick it up. Ewww!
Show your report card to your parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. You never know, they might pay for good grades.
Don’t forget your grandparents. Our grandparents pay way better than our mom and dad!
Hey GEMS: The day we’ve been waiting for is almost here … the last day of school! We are so excited, and we bet you are too. It’s such a special day we think we should celebrate. Do you have something planned? Most schools have a half day, so you’ll have LOTS of time for something fun! Here are five ideas we came up with.
Bring Cupcakes to school and share them with your class. All your friends and your teacher will enjoy a treat to celebrate.
Ask your parents if they will take you to meet your friends at the theater. A Movie after school would be lots of fun.
Maybe you could meet your friends for pizza after school!
Hey GEMS: We think this is a great time to think about water safety because lots of pools are getting ready to open for the summer. Yay! We love going to the pool and we hope you do too!
If you haven’t learned to swim yet, don’t be embarrassed. And don’t miss out on the fun! You can learn to swim and have fun with all your friends at the pool this summer! Here’s how to start.
First get used to putting your face in the water, like Mercedes!
Practice in the shower or a sprinkler. Let the water run on your face.
The best way to learn to swim is to take swimming lessons, or have an adult teach you. But here are some things you can do until you can take lessons. Ask your parent to take you to a pool to practice. Find a pool with a lifeguard, and have an adult stay with you to be sure you are safe.
Get in the shallow end and walk around. Get used to the water and how it feels different than walking on land. Start with water at your knees, then go deeper gradually to armpits. At first you may be a little afraid. That’s normal. Don’t worry if this takes a few visits until you’re comfortable going this far into the pool.
Hey GEMS! We’re super excited because we got to go to playlistLive in Orlando Florida! We want to tell you ALL about it!
Hey GEMS: We want to tell you how much we appreciate our mom. She is so amazing! She is beautiful, funny, and talented.
We all want to share something we love about our Mom!
From Giselle: I love my mom because when I need help she is always there.
From Evangeline: I love mom because when I make a problem, she makes it right.
From Mercedes: I love my mom because she makes me laugh.
We know you are probably just like us and want to get your mom a nice present for Mother’s Day. But that’s hard if you don’t have any money! To help with this, we came up with some ideas of things that are free that you could do for your mom on Mother’s day.
Make a coupon book for your Mom. She can use the coupons whenever she wants, and you have to do what you wrote on that coupon. You could make coupons for a lot of different things. Here are some ideas.
We have great teachers in our lives. We bet You do too! There are all different kinds of teachers. Some of us go to public or private school. We may have one teacher, or a different teacher for each subject. Some of us are home schooled, so your parent may be your teacher. We may have special lessons that we take, and have different teachers for those.
All of our teachers do such an awesome job helping us learn. Let’s tell every one of them this week how much we appreciate them!
Everyone learns differently, so teachers have their own special ways of helping you understand. One way of learning might work great for one person, and not so great for another.
Some teachers use a blackboard and books.
Some teachers use a more ‘hands on’ method of teaching.
Other teachers use computers.
It’s great for our brains to learn in a different ways, besides being more fun!
Sometimes you just can’t understand something in your school work. You just don’t get it no matter how hard you think. But a really great teacher will have another way of explaining it. Suddenly a light bulb turns on in your brain. You got it!
Your teacher loves to help you. Your teacher wants you to have a great time in class.
You might take special lessons from a different kind of teacher. There are LOTS of things you could learn. For example: guitar, piano, dance, yoga, soccer. The list of things you could take lessons for is endless. Your teacher is really great at whatever that is. They want to help you be great at it too!
We should never stop learning our entire lives. There is a whole world of things you could learn.
GEMS: Be sure to tell your teachers how much you appreciate them this week.
Put the boy teacher or girl teacher emoji in the comments. Put an emoji for every teacher you have! Or make a comment about why you like your teacher.
First Evangeline had the sniffles. As soon as she started to feel better Mercedes started coughing. Giselle is hoping she doesn’t catch the bug too! Does this sound familiar to you? We figured the same thing is probably going on at your house too! We decided we are going to fight back, and hope you join us in the fight to NOT catch the cold or flu bug. This is war!
First off we need to understand our enemy. No, this isn’t a real picture of cold and flu virus. They are so tiny the only way you can see them is with a microscope. But this is how we imagine they look. Yuck! Are you ready to fight now? We thought so. First off we need to know how you get this bug.
You catch the bug from someone else who has it, or if you touch something they have touched (think phones, light switches, door knobs). These virus are everywhere, so how can we win this war? Here are some things we can do to keep us from getting sick!
Germs are everywhere! Every time you touch something other people have touched there could be germs there. But don’t be afraid to touch things! Of course we need to use our phones, computers, and open doors. Just try to remember not to touch your nose, eyes, or mouth with your fingers if you’re not sure your hands are clean.
One of the best things you can do is wash your hands. Wash after you use the bathroom, before you eat, and when you get home from school, or any time you’ve touched things that could have germs.
Do a Really Good Job: First wet your hands, then turn off the faucet. Put on the soap and really scrub. Sing the Happy Birthday Song twice to yourself as you wash everywhere: bottoms, tops, under fingernails, and between fingers. Then turn the water back on and rinse really well. If you’re using a paper towel to dry, you can turn the water off with the paper towel in your hand so you don’t touch the handle with your clean hands. You can also use the paper towel to open the door before you throw it away. If you are somewhere that you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
We are all going to come in contact with some of these bad bugs. But, we can make our body super strong so that it can fight off the virus. Some foods have special vitamins to make us stronger. Drink fruit juices like orange juice. Eat lots of raw fruits and veggies. And don’t forget to drink lots of water!
It’s important to be active. When we exercise it makes our body stronger all over. When we’re stronger we can win the fight against the gross cold and flu bugs. Do whatever activity that YOU like. We are not all the same. You might like to play a sport, or you might like to ride your bike, scooter or skateboard. You might like to swim, run or do Yoga. Just find the thing that you like, and try to be active almost every day.
It is so tempting to stay up late playing on our phones or computers, watching TV, or reading a book. But when we know we have to get up early in the morning we need to get to bed earlier. Getting enough sleep will make our body strong to fight off the cold and flu bugs. We should be getting 9-11 hours of sleep every night. Of course we’ll have more time for those fun things because we’re NOT sick with a cold!
GEMS: We hope You don’t get the cold or flu sniffles this Spring! There are too many fun things to be doing instead of staying home sick! If you have other tips to help us stay healthy, please leave them in the comments for everyone to enjoy.
You are truly amazing! Each and every day you encourage us by watching our videos, visiting our website, and social medias. You are the reason we work so hard to put up new videos and fun things. When you write us comments or send us mail, it makes our day. You are always encouraging us, so we want to tell you how awesome we think you are!
Your smile brightens everyone’s day. If someone is feeling down, your smile can make them feel good again.
You recognize beauty in many things: a sunny day, flowers, butterflies, a colorful drawing, or even someone’s pretty new dress. This makes beauty shine from inside you for everyone else to see.
There is NO one else on this earth who is exactly like you. Just like a snowflake, or a fingerprint, you are one of a kind. You are so very unique! No one else was born to do the things you were born to do.
You like to make other people feel good about themselves. This is why just being with you is a gift to them. You always make someone’s day complete.
Loving others makes them love you. You’re not afraid to look goofy if it makes someone happy. You see why others are special, and that makes you very special.
Be your best and that is all that matters. When you are at your best, everything you do is awesome. You do not have to prove anything to anybody. You are AMAZINGLY AWESOME just the way you are. We LOVE you GEMS!
GEMS, if you have other ideas about what makes people in your life special, please share them in the comments.