With the blazing heat of summer, it may be too hot for kids to play outside. Extreme heat can put children at risk for sunburns, heat exhaustion and burns from playground equipment, and dehydration. Toys, games and books can become boring for kids when they’re stuck inside on a warm day. Here are some summer ideas to help your kids have fun indoors during the summer:
- Science Experiments: Science Experiments are fun and entertaining for kids. One of our favorite science experiments is watching how baking soda reacts to vinegar. We put baking soda on a cookie sheet and use an eye dropper to drop droplets of vinegar (mixed with food coloring) unto the baking soda. My kids (ages 2 and 4) love watching the reaction. After my kids have used all the vinegar, I give them spoons to play with the residue. You can also find many different science experiments online for children of many ages.
- Crafts: Crafts are a fun way to let kids use their creativity and imagination and to work on their fine motor skills. Some of our favorite indoor crafts include painting with washable paint, making necklaces with pony beads, cutting and gluing paper, making our own playdough, using stickers and coloring.
- Sensory Tubs: Sensory tubs provide entertainment for kids and help them explore their tactile senses.Kids can
also learn new skills such as dumping, filling, and scooping. To make a sensory tub, fill a tub with shaving cream, beans or rice and provide small toys (such as little people or cars), objects, or kitchen utensils.
- Play a Game: Games are fun for kids and many active games can be played indoors including Hide and Seek, Simon Says, Sardines, and Hot and Cold. Board games and card games are also fun to play with kids and help them learn how to follow directions, follow rules, take turns and practice good sportsmanship.
- Teach Life Skills: Summer is a great time to start teaching kids life skills. Some ideas of life skills to teach kids include learning how to separate laundry, matching socks, sewing a button, rinsing dishes, dusting and washing windows.
- Make a Summer Treat: Have fun as a family and create an easy summer-time treat like crispy cereal treats, frozen pops, smoothies.
What are your favorite indoor summer-time activities?
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