Cool, Quiet Activities
To Keep Kids Entertained Indoors
Nothing puts a damper on your kid's spirits than weather that prevents them from playing outside. When it's too hot to play outside, especially in the dog days of summer, it won't be long before you start to hear, "I'm bored, Mom. What's there to do?" The wise mother is prepared for moments like these. She has more up her sleeve than large jigsaw puzzles that only keep kids occupied for a couple hours or video games that will hold them captive for the rest of the summer. She's ready with plenty of fun indoor activities for the kids. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started.
In The Kitchen
Baking cookies with mom can be a childhood highlight, but there are days when it's simply too hot to turn on the oven. So think cool! How about making gelatin with the kids? Grab a package of their favorite flavor and mix up a bowlful. Another summery idea is to create ice pops. First, stock up the kitchen with some of your favorite fresh summer fruits. Puree a creative fruit combination and mix in some yogurt, pour into ice pop molds or paper cups with sticks and pop them in the freezer. Some delicious flavor combinations like watermelon and bananas make great frozen pops, even without yogurt.
In The Bedroom
Reading is the perfect cool activity for a hot summer afternoon. Find cheap children's books you can buy in bulk or take your kids to the library (in the air-conditioned car) and bring home bags full of books they haven't read before. Let them lie across their beds and lose themselves in the stories. The youngest ones might even enjoy a nostalgic story time sitting on your lap in the rocking chair. The bedroom is also the place where you've stored that box full of dress-up clothes and hats that might encourage pretend play.
In The Family Room
Everything is more fun on a camping trip, so go camping in the family room. The first step is to pitch a tent. Gather at least four chairs, plenty of pillows or sleeping bags and a king-size quilted bedspread and go to work. Then prepare s'mores indoors by toasting the marshmallows over each camper's individual tea light candle. Finally, sit inside the tent and tell scary stories while shining a flashlight on your face. A fun idea for another day is to pull out puzzles and have the kids work on them on the family room floor.
In The Dining Room
Let your dining room table be the setting for a board game frenzy. Raid your kids' toy shelves and gather the old classics, such as checkers, Risk, chess, Life, and any others you can find. Join in the games with your children. Alternatively, you could cover the table with a protective plastic tablecloth and set up a craft workshop. Try making play dough with your kids following this easy recipe. Or lay out yarn, pipe cleaners, colored paper, markers, glue and any other craft supplies you've been collecting and turn the kids loose.
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