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
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What are your kids’ favorite indoor activities?
What a great list, thank you for including our Paper Plate Ring Toss in your line up! Will have to book mark some of these for my girls to try out.
Stacy @ Share&Remember says
Thanks for sharing my painted toast in your list! It’s truly fun for kids that they will remember and want to do again & again! I shared your link on Twitter & on my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ShareRemember
Carol Preibis says
Hello Paula, Great post and lovely blog! I thought your readers might be interested in one of my posts “Cooking With Kids”: http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/cooking-with-kids/
I just pinned this fun post and shared it on Facebook.
Thanks for including my toothpick and marshmallow sculptures in this post.
Awesome! Thanks for the ideas!
Sara Hurst says
Great list! Thanks for including a link for our slime!
Love the ideas…will try some of these! New follower from “2 Blessed 2 Be Stressed” blog hop!
Judith C Evans says
Great list with fun ideas…I loved fingerpainting when I was a kid!
Seriously awesome list! I live in Las Vegas and it is getting pretty darn hot here, the park just isn’t very fun (as least for me) in 110 degree weather. Thanks so much for this!
Mary-andering Creatively says
Some great tips. I will be trying these with my daughter next week. Thanks for joining the Friday Flash Blog Party. :]
Nice list! Pinned it to my For Kids board. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch
What a great list. My son just made a box city, complete with windows, carpet, furniture, etc. It was a lot of fun to watch, but he was not letting anyone help (except for cutting out the windows and doors). :)
I’m visiting today from Love My Post.
April @ Angels Homestead says
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome list with Saturday Spotlight.
Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon!
Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats says
Great ideas! Yes, it is so hot in Texas right now. I walk outside for 10 minutes and my tanktop is soaked. These are perfect for inside ideas and a good change up! Thanks… so cool. :)
Great list of ideas! Fantastic round-up!
thanks so much for sharing our post from gummylump
Jann Olson says
What a great list! Now how could anyone get bored with so many fun things to do? Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
I’m stopping by today from “I Love My Post” – what a great list of summer activities!
Hope you’re having a great day,
Thanks for the list! Very cute picture too. I just posted about some fun kids forts :) You should check it out…http://ourfamiliesstory.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/the-ultimate-fort-kit/ I really enjoyed the stickering of the cardboard box idea, we normally use crayons or markers but stickers would be so much fun too!
Wow! Really wonderful ideas! I love the village play mat and the finger puppers w/mini stage. Thanks for sharing this great list at Submarine Sunday! I’m always looking for ideas of things to do with my daughter.
Great list of ideas. It’s winter here in Australia at the moment and we have plenty of indoor days upon us, so a useful list for any time! Thanks for including our Robot Helmet :)
Mariel @ Or so she says... says
This is wonderful! So many great ideas. :) I’ll be featuring it on ‘Or so she says…’ tomorrow. Thanks for linking it up!
Mariel @ Or so she says…
How fun!! Perfect ideas for those too hot summer days! I’m so glad you came to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week… this week I’m co-hosting a HUGE bash with 2 other bloggers! Come on over http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com and share again! xoxo~ Ruthie
Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove says
Great ideas to keep me and my 3 year old busy the rest of the summer! We are going to have to do the Robot Helmet soon! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!
Judith at WholeHearted Home says
These are some wonderful ideas all in one easy place!! Thanks for sharing them over at WholeHearted Home this past week.
Lauralee Moss says
We do lots of reading, but we also build tents. Very boring, but they like it. I’m going to implement this – especially the pipe cleaner skyscraper!
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