Whether it's pouring rain or just too darn hot, keep these indoor activities on hand for summer days with the family.
Back when I was doing childcare for neighborhood teachers over the summer months, I needed a lot of activity ideas for all ages. Indoor activities like these are a great way for older kids to play with younger kids.
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Whether the days are stormy or you're just trying to beat the heat, you'll be spending some time indoors with your kids this summer. Here are my favorites!
5 Indoor Activities for Summer Days
I love this Simple S'mores Recipe with an Indoor Campout idea from Six Sisters' Stuff. Keep these ingredients in the back of the pantry for a bad weather day, and surprise your kids. It's also a great way to include little ones in S'mores without the danger of real fire. How fun!
This No Mess Marbled Painting from Inner Child Fun is a great way for kids to get tactile and artistic without making a mess! You'll need a large ziploc bag, baby oil, water-soluble paint, and packing tape.
Bubble Wrap Hopscotch
Kids will love this noisy Bubble Wrap Hopscotch from Lifehacker (originally from Craftaphile, but that's not a secure site). Start saving up your packages' bubble wrap so you're ready for the next rainy day! Be sure to write on the smooth side of the wrap.
Masking Tape Racetrack
Thank goodness there are brilliant mommas out there sharing their ideas for indoor activities. This Masking Tape Racetrack from SheKnows would keep my kids busy for HOURS, either now on a rainy day or during a string of sick days in the winter. You can use blue painters' tape instead of masking tape for less stickiness.
Board & Card Games
We're huge fans of games at our house! I've reviewed a number of family games here at MoneywiseMoms, so you may find some that are new to you. Since my girls are now 6, we're teaching them some of our favorite non-kid games, like Ticket to Ride, and they're eager to learn more this summer.
Looking for more indoor activities?
Watching movies together is always a favorite at my house. Check out 100 Movies for Family Movie Night.
Doing simple science projects is another great option with multiple ages. Look at Brenda's 100+ STEM Activities for Kids.