8 Fun Indoor Activities for You and Your Child to Escape the Heat this Summer
When summer first arrives, children everywhere rejoice. They run through the sprinkler systems, they blast each other with water guns; they pretend they’re mermaids in the tiny wading pool. However, as the summer drags on, it soon becomes too hot to continue playing outside. So the children are forced back inside. When that happens, the last thing a parent wants is for their kids to lie on the couch all day watching TV and playing video games. Here are some great ways for you and your child to escape the heat this summer, no TV involved.
Cook Together (But Not Cookies)
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Children love helping adults cook, but what to cook becomes the problem. Cookies are fine for the winter, but in the summer, cool treats are needed. Try making smoothies together or ice pops. Think of fun ways to serve watermelon.
Have a Ball
An ice cream ball, that is. An ice cream maker provides tons of fun, and a freeze ball enables you to throw a ball around and have great tasting ice cream at the end of your game.
Make Some Homemade Play-Doh
Long before Play-Doh was invented, kids had fun with salt dough. (Actually, , it was made of flour with salt added.) It can be created in any number of colors by adding food coloring. It can also be baked and painted so kids can keep their creations forever or make their own toys.
Go Bowling Indoors
Instead of using a regular toy set of ball and pins, get creative and use materials suitable for indoor bowling. Toilet paper tubes make wonderful pins, while rolled up socks work great as balls.
Go On A Treasure Hunt
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Hide various treasures all around the house. Then draw up a treasure map to show your child where everything is. If your child loves to read, you can create written puzzle clues to figure out instead of a drawn map.
Throw A Dance Party
You can do this with just your children or with a bunch of their friends. Simply clear a space, turn up the music and dance. You might even want to include props like hats, ribbons or brooms.
Encourage Drawing On The Walls
Draw a border around a sheet of poster board. Then tack the poster board to the wall. Place a jar of markers or crayons nearby and let your budding artist draw on the walls. The border keeps the creativity contained.
Reorganize The Bedroom
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If your child is old enough to move around small pieces of furniture, let them reorganize their bedroom. Children love reorganizing their room because it helps make it theirs. Who knows, they might even come up with a better configuration than the current one.
The best way to beat the heat this summer is to stay inside. Air conditioning companies such as www.mcgowansac.com can help keep your whole house cool and comfortable. But just because you have to stay inside, doesn’t’ mean you have to be bored. Craft together, throw an ice cream ball around, cook, dance, enjoy each other, and above all, have fun staying indoors this summer.