8 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids on Hot Summer Days

Michele Zipp | Jun 6, 2014 Big Kid
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  • Make your own play dough and craft your favorite summer things.

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    I'll admit, even as an adult, I love playing with play dough! You can make your own play dough with the kids and stay cool inside crafting your favorite summer things out of the dough. Butterflies, worms, flowers, buses, horses -- whatever your kids love, can be made.

  • Write a book.

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    We read books to our kids all the time, but have you tried writing one with them? You can start the book by crafting a sentence, then having your child write the next one. Keep going until you have a full story. Then you can illustrate it together. What a great keepsake.

  • Have a treasure hunt.

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    Gather up some toys and treats (treats that hide well, like lollipops, things in packages) and hide them for your kid to find. Make the treasure hunt fun by putting on some music when the kids are on the search. Once the music stops, the hunt stops, and that's when you can start giving hints to find the ones still not discovered.

  • Draw self portraits.

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    I love kid self portraits. They are so telling and sweet, and they just may surprise you on how much they really do resemble your child. Dedicate the day to drawing self portraits -- or even family portraits. Save them. Each year have your child do another and compare. They make great keepsakes.

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