A lot of Texas days it is just too hot to go outside, so a majority of summer days are spent inside! That’s why I compiled this HUGE list of fun things to do inside on a hot (or rainy) summer day! The best part is, since it is indoor fun, they are perfect for this winter too!!! Have fun!
- Make Personalized Coloring Sheets from Family Photos – This is so easy and fun! My kids love coloring pictures of themselves and the extra detailing on the images can be a great challenge for an older child!
- And then make your own coloring book!
- Learn how to make snow and play with it indoors!
- Make this special gift for grandma
- Build a Skyscraper with pipe cleaners and drinking straws!
- Make your own Paper dolls – Grab a few clothing catalogs (JC Penny’s HUGE catalog works great!), and cut out some of the images to use as custom paper dolls.
- Color these (Free) Star Wars Coloring Sheets or these (Free) Finding Dory Coloring Sheets.
- Do these Puzzle Flash Cards
- Play this Snatch and Match Game
- Build Mix and Match Pool Noodle creatures
- Work on these Cutting Sheets to learn scissor skills.
- Make Your own Flashcards – Fun tutorial to make toddler flash cards using pictures from magazines
- Cardboard box – Will it be a garage? a castle? a tent? a fishing pond? The possibilities are endless! I’m amazed by how many hours my son will play with a big cardboard box! We color our boxes and add lots of stickers to give them a bit of personality.
- Have a board game marathon (here’s a list of some of our favorites)
- Bake cookies!
- Read a story & then act it out together
- Make an artwork display wall – This is how we did ours, Little Man LOVES seeing all his artwork constantly on display.
- Make a bird feeder – This is an easy child/toddler friendly tutorial
- Make some diaper slime to keep the kids playing inside and having fun!
- Homemade Mini Popsicles
- Host a “spy training day” – This looks like a lot of fun for older kids!
- Paper Plate Ring toss – Great way to work on colors and throwing/aiming skills
- Bake some fancy Dr Seuss cupcakes
- Create your own village play mat – I’m definitely going to try this one when my kids are a bit older!
- Race Cars from Toilet Paper Rolls – This website is in hungarian, but the pictures are so awesome I think it’s still do-able! These cars look so neat!
- Send them on a scavenger hunt
- Let them “paint” bread for toast – I know for a fact my Little Man would deem this the coolest activity ever! Such a cute idea.
- Colander + Pipe cleaners = hours of fun – the little holes in the colander are the perfect size to stick pipe cleaners through. Make all kinds of fun designs!
- Finger puppets & mini stage DIY – This tutorial includes instructions for kids of various ages. Super fun!
- Make Finger Print art
- Make your own slime – Gross! but it looks pretty easy and lots of icky fun.
- Create Sculptures with toothpicks and Mini Marshmallows – I know my husband would Love this one ;)
- Paint the bathtub
- Make a robot helmet
- Fish for magnent letters in the bathtub
- Be the weatherman – Super fun (and messy) activity, where kids can learn about weather & have fun in the process!
- Egg carton game – Color sorting and a scavenger hunt all in one. love it!
- Go fishing for Letters – Super cute idea, using a magnetic fishing pole and ABC magnets for some bathtub fishing!
- Make your own play dough
- Do this fun Summer Daisy Hand Print Craft
- Make a big hug card
More Indoor Activities
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Craving outdoor fun? Check out this awesome post from Beauty in the Mess for 15 free or cheap outdoor summer activities!
What are your kids’ favorite indoor activities?