5 Things to Do When It’s Too Hot or Rainy to Play Outside

Summer is known for all of the great outdoor play options but, when the weather is just too hot or a rainy day strikes many parents are stuck trying to think of how to keep their little ones entertained indoors. If you need a few go-to ideas for indoor play that still feel summery, look no further! Check out the ideas below to keep your kids happy and entertained on a day that is too hot or rainy to go outside. 

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Make edible slime

Slime has never been as popular as it is right now. If you’ve got a kid who likes the ooey-gooey stuff they’re sure to love this new slime product- it has all the fun of slime plus all the yumminess of kool-aid. Edible slime kits are a hit with kids of all ages right now and yours will be no exception!

Make a summer treat

Just because you’re not outside doesn't mean you can’t enjoy a delicious summer treat. Consider using a hot or rainy day to gather your kiddos in the kitchen and prepare a classic summer treat like homemade ice cream or delicious snow cones

Craft a summer craft 

Whether your kids like to draw and paint or build and create, there’s a summer craft for them. Often, summer crafts don’t require any special supplies and will keep your kiddos entertained as they make and create to their heart's content. Consider making a homemade bird feeder to hang outside their window or in the backyard, painting flower pots to pass along to neighbors or display on the front porch, or creating felt flower bookmarks they can use as they dig into their summer reading. 

Watch a summer movie

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as dimming the lights and settling into a movie in the cool AC on a hot or rainy summer day. This summer, consider breaking out some of your childhood favorites and letting your kids experience the magic of classic movies like The Goonies or The Sandlot. 

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Try a read-aloud

While different kids enjoy independent reading to varying degrees, most kids love being read to. When it’s too hot or rainy to head outside consider breaking out a book for a family read-aloud. Whether you chose pictures books and read a few per sitting or a chapter book that you read over the course of a few days or weeks, your kids are sure to love snuggling up for a good story!

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5 Things to Do When It’s Too Hot or Rainy to Play Outside

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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