Indoor Summer Activities

Indoor Summer Activities

Looking for some fun ways to keep the kids entertained this summer indoors? Here are a few indoor summer activities that the whole family will enjoy!

Hands-On Activities for Kids

Domino Play Day

Dominoes is an ideal game to play with kids, because the rules are simple. Older children can play this game with adults without feeling as though their age puts them at a disadvantage.

Young children can benefit from playing dominoes as they learn to count and to recognize patterns. The Internet is a great resource for finding age appropriate games, along with step-by-step instructions and rules.

Fun Fact about Dominoes

It’s not totally clear when or where the game of dominoes was invented. However, many historians believe the Chinese invented it around 1100 AD.

Laundry Basket Skee Ball

Turn a simple box into a ramp and set up laundry baskets as different targets just like the adult version of this fun game.

No doubt you will find other uses for the pack of ball pit balls too!

*Source: https://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/12/08/laundry-basket-skee-ball-with-ball-pit-balls/

Summer Playtime Activities

Sticky Spider Web

Grab painters tape to construct a sticky spider web in a doorway, hallway or any other narrow space inside your home.

Then allow the kids to rummage through the recycling bin in search for newspapers and other paper items to crumble up and throw at the web for hours of indoor fun.

*Source: https://handsonaswegrow.com/spider-web-halloween/

On Island Time

Jump from island to island! Turn up the music, get moving and let their imagination run wild by creating pretend islands out of pillows scattered on the floor. Don’t fall in the “water” or you will get wet!

*Source: https://handsonaswegrow.com/30-days-to-hands-on-play-pretend-islands/

Cooking in the Kitchen with Kids

Cooking with your kids is a fun activity, which can also be “secretly” educational as well. Let them help you measure out the ingredients and be your sous chef! Here are two family-friendly recipes to whip up in the kitchen with your little ones.

Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey, browned
  • 1 can Ro*Tel (mild or hot based on preference)
  • 16 ounce package of frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Brown meat and add in chopped onion and Ro*Tel.
  2. Pour meat and onion mixture on the bottom of a greased Crock Pot.
  3. Mix in Cream of Chicken Soup.
  4. Top mixture with tater tots to cover the entire top.
  5. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  6. Top with shredded cheese the last 30 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

*Source: https://www.tammileetips.com/crock-pot-tater-tot-casserole/

Underwater Jell-O Treats

How festive is this dessert for summertime? My 5-year old son’s favorite color is blue, so we used blue Jell-O – but you could improvise with any color! Another trick I tried? Since I am trying to watch his sugar intake, I made a substitution and used the Sugar-Free Jell-O instead. Truthfully, he couldn’t tell a difference in the sugar-free version. I mean…you can’t go wrong with anything that is topped with whipped cream and involves candy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Blue Jell-O
  • Bag of candy fish
  • 4 Clear Plastic cups
  • Whipped Cream

Instructions

  1. Make the Jell-O according to the package.
  2. Divide mixture between the four plastic cups.
  3. Drop in the candy fish and then place the cups in the refrigerator.
  4. Allow the Jell-O to set and top with “sea foam” (whipped cream).

*Source: https://www.bombshellbling.com/underwater-jello-treats/

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