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Fun Activities for Your Kids This Summer, Part Three

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 1 2

In my third article of fun activities for your kids this summer, the focus will be on indoor fun. When it is too hot or stormy to be outdoors, the last thing you want is for your children to be staring at a television, playing endless games on a hand-held game system or a playing on the computer for hours on end.

Here are some fun activities for your kids to do this summer. Read ahead and buy the materials you need for them so when you are stuck inside, you have something to do.

Make Your Own Ice Cream This Summer With Your Kids

You don't need an ice cream machine to do this one, just two old coffee cans. Look at the recipe and go shopping so you have all of the ingredients on hand.

Make Your Own Freeze Pops This Summer With Your Kids

Freeze pop molds
Here is a fun activity for your kids this summer that will save you lots of money. You don't need a fancy Popsicle mold, just an ice cube tray or some small bathroom cups. Pour juice into the ice cube tray, cover with plastic and insert toothpicks through the plastic. Pop it into the freezer and eat when frozen.

Do the same thing with small paper cups and Popsicle sticks. Kids can change up the flavor every day.

Make Edible Play Dough

Candy clay is an excellent indoor treat to make in the summer. Be sure to make enough for everyone!

Make Homemade Play Dough With Your Kids This Summer

This universal recipe for homemade play dough is a go to fun summer activity for your kids. All you need is:

1 cup flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water

Food coloring (optional)

Rolling pins, cylinder blocks for rolling

Cookie cutters

Combine flour and salt into a bowl. Slowly add water and knead. Separate finished dough into sections and add food coloring to make different colors. Use cookie cutters for making shapes or just have fun using the homemade play dough. Place in air tight containers and it will lat a few weeks.

Make Paper Mache at Home This Summer

This fun summer activity is a bit messy, but well worth it. All you need is:

Newspaper cut into strips

White glue

Warm water

In a bowl, mix two parts glue to one part water.

You can apply this mixture to balloons, bowls, cans and then paint when it is dry.

Number Relay Races Help Kids Learn Over the Summer

I played this when my kids were younger and we were cooped up in the house. Get or make your own number cards, one for each person playing. Write one number on each card, 0 through 10. Have the kids go on one side of the house, the cards are on the floor in another.

Give them a direction, like, "Waddle to the number 4". The kids waddle, find the four and run back to their spot. You can do this with sight words, too.

Make a Photo Collage of Your Summer With Your Kids

Everyone has tons of pictures that never see the light of day. Go through your albums and have your kids pick the ones that they want to use. Buy a large 10 x 13 or 11 x 14 picture frame for each child. On the paper insert, arrange photos to your liking, trim those that need it. Glue the pictures on and let dry. When the collage is dry, hang the picture on the wall.

Make Puppets With Your Kids this Summer

You can make puppets out of paper bags, socks, cereal boxes, and construction paper with popsicle sticks. You can create our own characters or do some from from a favorite book. Put on your own play.

Card Games are a Fun Summer Acticity With Your Kids

This old standby is one of the best activities to do with your kids in the summer. Depending on their age, you can play a multitude of games, like Go Fish, Rummy, Crazy Eights, and Spit.

No matter which ones you choose, these fun activities for your kids to do this summer will help make your time together more enjoyable.



Jul 12, 2010 3:48am
Lots of fun ideas - very creative. Nice work!
Jul 12, 2010 7:32am
Thanks! Until this year, my kids have been home with me most of the summer. I did all of these things MANY times!
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