Hello, dog days of summer and moms who are losing their patience. I live in North Texas, and we have had an extremely wet summer. And on the days it’s not raining, it’s so hot your boobs sweat just thinking about going outside.In my mind, I am a fun mom, but some days I don’t have it in me to do all the things. For those days, I need a little help to get through. Here is a list of indoor activities the kiddos can do with minimum supervision.
Five Indoor Activities to Keep Cabin Fever Away
Summer can be a budget and sanity sucker if you aren’t careful. These activities are kid-approved, at least my kids anyway and pretty cheap. You may need to lay down a few ground rules, but overall, you should be able to stay sane.
We did this a few weeks ago. The kids go through their closets and come up with costumes. For example, we had Alberto Feinstein (Albert Einstein) and Muyano (Moana) We did three rounds. Then parents vote on the best outfit. Be sure to stipulate they have to clean afterward or you will be stuck doing that. Kills about an hour-hour and a half.
If you have a nice book collection, designate a room in the house to be the “library.” Set up a reading area, maybe even a reading fort. Create a fun challenge that whoever reads the most pages gets to pick dinner, a prize, or dessert.
Need to get out of the house? Try your local library. I know ours has an excellent children’s section with hands-on activities to keep them busy if they aren’t up for reading.
Tye Dye Party
During our recent beach vacation, it rained for a couple of days. Luckily my cousin had the foresight to bring supplies to keep the kids busy making awesome tye-dyed shirts. Pinterest is your friend on this one. I would recommend the easiest directions possible.
The kiddos loved it. Plus, we get some super cute photos of all the cousins together in their shirts.
At my house, this is a favorite and requires minimal effort. Grab as many plastic cups as possible (hello dollar store) and let the kiddos take over. This usually involves letting them see how high they can stack them.
If you have kids that like to battle, a word of warning, it never fails once my daughter has her masterpiece complete my son smashes it. Proceed with caution if your nerves are already shot.
Make Friendship Bracelets
I like this one myself, takes me back to the good old days. First, you will need to stock up on materials. A quick trip to your local craft store will get you started. And if you are a little rusty, a quick search on the internet will unfold lots of tutorials. Find one that suits your style and give it a whirl.
For other fun activities, try crafting, a movie day or dance party.