Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Inside Activities for Kids in the Hot Summer Months

Summer is a time of freedom, lazy afternoons and fun vacations. But the day-to-day can get boring for the kiddos. If your summers are a dream, then find fun outdoor family activities and get to it. If, on the other hand, you live in a place with very hot summers, spending a lot of time outdoors might not be an option. It’s tempting to fall into the routine of lots of television, movies or video games since it’s convenient and cool. However, consider the following creative indoor activities for fun out of the sun:

  • Perform a play. Kids love getting creative, so bust out the costumes and props to inspire a show. You can either direct the show or allow one of your older children to do so, but help organize the effort if they need direction. You may want to find a simple short play online or ask your kids to write it and make this a weeklong effort. Involve the neighbor kids if you need more actors or stagehands.

  • Redecorate their bedrooms. Could your kids’ rooms use another coat of paint and some sprucing? Take the time to do so when you know you won’t be wasting a nice day outdoors. Go beyond painting if you can afford to. Ask your child to help choose new accents, such as customized wall art, pillows, personalized fleece blankets and other knickknacks around the room.

  • Prep arts and crafts. If you’ve got little artists in your family, keep a cabinet full of arts and crafts supplies. Try to come up with one project a day or week, depending on how extensive the project. Younger kids can finger paint while older kids might enjoy scrapbooking. If one of your children is not artistic, this time could be used to write a story that another child could illustrate. Find out your kids’ talents and interests and make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand.

  • Hold a cookie contest. If you have several older children (or neighbor kids who like to hang out at your house), tell each one to choose a recipe (or create one!) and bake a batch of cookies. Then you can be the judge and award each cookie, from most creative to most delicious. Of course, make each child or team feel validated and end the contest with a fun time of cookie-eating.

  • Exercise. It may sound simple or boring, but it’s important to keep up your family’s exercise regimen during the summer months, especially since kids might not be running around outside as often. Find creative ways to work out together, such as jumping rope, lifting free weights, jumping rope or doing a circuit routine.

  • Hold a dance contest. This is another fun way to get your kids moving and using the creative parts of your brain. Split your kids into two teams and have them choreograph a routine. Or if there aren’t enough children to make two teams, then have all the kids work together to create a dance they can perform when Dad gets home.

These are just a few ideas for fun indoor activities you can do with your kids when it’s just too hot outside. If you’re finding it hard to brainstorm, ask your children what they’d like to do. That way, everyone feels involved and looks forward to your time together.

Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

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