The outdoors are calling — answer with these water sandals from Keen!
These durable, closed-toe sandals will let your kid move between water and land. These sandals have a protective toe bumper, cushioned midsole, and rubber outsole for traction. The secure-fit lace capture system and hook-and-loop closure make for easy on and off. They’re also washable, so let Mother Nature bring it on!
These sandals from Keen are $64.95 and come in kid sizes 1–7 and toddler/little kid sizes 8–13. There are several colors to pick from so your kid can find their favorite.
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love these shoes we wear them all summer long
Same. These are our go to kids sandals for the last decade.
My kids live in these too. Although my 7 year old now doesn’t like them as much and wants to wear flimsy sandals because they are “prettier” …
Is there a trick to getting your kid to wear these type of sandals? For two years in a row mine has just flat refused. Her camps don’t allow crocs and require closed toe sandals if in sandals. She’s only willing to wear sneakers or occasionally crocs and then complains her feet are hot. She is just 4 so we have tried explaining and demonstrating (by having her wear a sweatshirt on a warm day for 10minutes so she gets hot and then taking it off and she cools down) but she won’t budge and instead just complains incessantly to the point that it causes a meltdown. Help!
I sympathize. My kids (5 and 7) have also refused to wear these (both the name-brand Keens and the Target knockoffs). They either won’t put them on, or do put them on and complain constantly. Up until this summer they also wouldn’t wear Crocs — they would ONLY wear sneakers (which to some extent I get — I too generally prefer sneakers!).
What finally got them on board with Crocs (although they still prefer their sneaks) was taking them to the store and letting them pick out their own. Maybe that would help?
We go to the sprinkler a lot and so these are always presented as “you can get them wet shoes”… I also don’t mind if these go in the sandbox b/c they are easy to rinse off so another benefit for my kids is knowing they can get dirty in the sandbox. We call them our summer shoes. I think if you present them as the summer uniform, it may help.
I think they’re just uncomfortable for some kids. My oldest wore these for years, before he decided that they weren’t cool enough. My daughter, on the other hand, hates the feel of Keens and refuses to wear them. I dunno.
Boston Legal Eagle says
Can you try Natives? My older kid wore mostly Natives last summer and preferred those to Crocs. These do cause blisters for some kids though, so YMMV.
Boston Legal Eagle says
And my younger kid would wear Crocs (even with socks!) all year if we let him ha.
My kids also refuse Keens and love Natives. More recently they’ve been wearing foam slides from Target (the ones that look like plastic Birkenstocks), but I don’t know if they’ll pass muster for camp this summer.
Have you tried encouraging her to wear them with socks at first?
Sadly, we have tried socks and that did not help. DD has very wide feet so Natives aren’t a great option for us. Currently I have the mesh water shoes from Target that are like sneakers, which are probably too narrow for her really, and the best she can manage is to wear those with socks. oh well.
We really liked the fit and functionality of these but they got STINKY. Water + non rubber shoes tends to lead to stink. It made such an impression that we switched to Natives the next year and haven’t looked back.
Book recommendations for reading to a soon to be four year old? We have been reading some chapter books (like Pipi Longstocking) and he enjoys those. Recs for picture books also welcome :)
Blueberries for Sal
The Funny Little Woman
Green Eggs and Ham
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
Katy and the Big Snow (or anything by Virginia Lee Burton)
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (tw: death)
Where the Wild Things Are
Goodnight Little Bear
Such a great age for reading! Picture books: Circus Ship, Gruffalo, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, the Robert Munsch treasury (this was both my kids’ absolute favorite at this age and even now at 5 and 7 they still enjoy them)
Longer books: the Iris and Walter series, Mercy Watson series, Dodsworth series, Princess in Black series.
-Frog and Toad is great, my 4 year old boy also really likes Wind in the Willows (there is something very soothing about reading it before bed).
-Pete the Cat (not the board books but the slightly longer stories).
-My kids also both loved and continue to enjoy Giles Andrae (the Giraffes Can’t Dance author) animal poem series – Commotion in the Oceon, Rumble in the Jungle, Bustle in the Bushes…
Riki’s Birdhouse. We’re all about birds over here. We’ve made bluebird houses and bird cupcakes from the book.
Mary Moo Cow says
Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett books (especially popular in my house are Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, I Want My Hat Back, The Wolf The Duck The Mouse; the George and Martha series; the Alfie and Annie Rose series; all the Julia Donaldson & Axel Sheffler books (I especailly like Zog and the Flying Doctors, the Snail and the Whale, and the Smeds and the Smoos; DD likes The Spiffiest Giant in Town, The Baddies, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, and Stickman); Lucy Cousins’ books (the Maisie series and standalones like Peck Peck Peck); Last Stop on Market Street; School’s First Day of School.
Boston Legal Eagle says
Yes, +1 to Julia Donaldson books! Both my kids have enjoyed these, and they are really pleasant to read as a parent (I like the rhyming cadence).
+1 to princess in black. Kids also have liked Danny and the Dinosaur, Henry and Mudge, Yasmin the painter/builder/etc., Duck, Duck Dinosaur books. Bubbles….up! is a beautiful book that will make you excited for summer swimming. I also love love Nikki McClure books (In, Mama is it Summer Yet?, etc.)
I second everything named here, and also suggest looking at the Read-Aloud Revival booklists online, they have great recs.
And ha, Pippi was the first book I DNF’ed with my kids…I had to edit so much on the fly because it was so racist (in a way that’s maybe a joke but young kids are so literal) and I did not like Pippi’s behavior as an example! (Again, literal kids). But many people like it….
Oh, I should’ve mentioned that I LOVED the author’s Noisy Village books, though. Definitely check them out, they are very entertaining.
I also really hate nonsense so that may be coloring my views of Pippi…didn’t like Stuart Little, either
This is a great age! They still enjoy picture books but now have the patience to sit and listen to chapter books. This could be a good time to try the Rosie Revere, Engineer series by Andrea Beaty.
Other picture books at this age:
Oge Mora (Saturday, Thank You Omu);
Grace Lin (actually both picture books and her Ling & Ting chapter books);
Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs… series (my dinosaur fanatic loved these but I used to alternate the dinosaur pronouns on each page, but in retrospect making all the dinosaurs male is probably to prevent them breeding, Jurassic-World style)
*Caps for Sale
*All of the Arnold Lobel books (Mouse Tales, Owl At Home, Grasshopper on the Road, Mouse Soup etc)
*Miss Rumphius and Island Boy by Barbara Cooney (the latter is pretty sad), also Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall illustrated by Barbara Cooney
*William Steig books- Dr Desoto, Shrek, and Brave Irene in particular for this age group but they are all amazing and great up through mid elementary
*Night Driving and Two Old Potatoes And Me by John Coy
There is a picture book series called Simple Machines that my 4 year old has loooooved the library – Pulleys, Levers, Inclined Planes, etc
Oooh also Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
TL;DR: Favorite large lunchbox or other solution to sending a ton of food with my kids to summer day camps?
My kids get lunch at school during the school year and also bring a bento box with snacks. They eat a lot and during the summer they seem to eat a lot more – and so far they seem to grow 2-4 inches every summer! I need to pack lunch and snacks for summer day camps. They will also need to bring swimsuits and sunscreen, so a backpack is necessary. Do I just send two bento boxes? A lunchbox with cold pack for cold items and a separate bento for room-temperature snacks? I’m overthinking this. Help!
We sent lunch with an icepack in a lunchbox and then a separate non-refrigerated snack, but my kids’ camps mostly have them keep their backpack indoors, so even the snack stays room-temperature (which means I’m personally fine with sending things like cheese sticks). If they were keeping everything outside in the sun, this wouldn’t work so well.
I also try to pack camp snacks that are super filling, e.g. cheese and crackers and fruit or protein-heavy muffin and pepper slices, not just cheezits or something that’s not as calorie-dense.
Bentgo makes a huge lunch bag that you could attach to the lunchbox and we use the munchkin bento box which is bigger than many of the others
I buy plastic bento boxes (Sistema brand) and cheap insulated lunch kits from Walmart. I put an igloo freezer pack in the bottom every morning (re-freeze it each night). I don’t send heated food so everything gets cold: sandwiches, chips, cookies, cheese, trail mix, all of it. My kids don’t mind. I put the freezer packs in at 6:30AM and they’re still cool at 6PM when I unpack them. Those particular bento boxes are large: my twins eat more than most adults and I can pack enough food in there to last them the day. I’d just drop the lunch kit into a backpack with the swimsuit, towel and extra clothes (if sending). FWIW I’m looking into the packit freezable lunch kits but they’re really heavy so I’m not sure my twins could carry them. I may have to wait til they’re older to utilize this option.