We live in Australia and in Australia, sometimes summer is just too hot to be bothered going outside. Because outside, there’s sweat. And bugs. And so much hot sun.
So, if today is one of those days, here are some suggestions for things you can do to keep the kids entertained without having to have the iPad on 24/7.
Set up camp / Build a Fort.
We all love camping in the outdoors but when the outdoors is a scorching 38ºC the shine of being outdoors melts very quickly. So set up camp at home, in the air conditioning! Get the blankets, pillows, chairs and whatever else you need to create an awesome fort / tent and enjoy storytelling, card games and staying cool!
While you’re at it, have an indoor picnic!
Pile up the cushions around a low table for a memorable living-room picnic – who needs a park? Enjoy all those yummy picnic snacks, clear a space in the living room (and put valuables away) to play a few games.
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Or better yet, create an indoor obstacle course.
The kids will be desperate to let out some energy so give them an indoor agility challenge to complete. Set up couch cushions as barriers to jump over, hang swinging keys from the ceiling to dodge, and tape string back and forth across hallways to create a laser maze. You can even ask them to invent their own courses to keep both their bodies and their minds busy.
While, ideally we would keep technology to a minimum, a movie marathon for yourself and the kids is always a winner. Do this right, the old-fashioned way, with popcorn, soft drinks and even milkshakes.
Even better, get the kids behind the camera to make movies.
If your kids secretly want to be YouTube stars, this is a great way to get them started on their road to internet stardom. They can write scripts or improvise, play pranks, open gifts—whatever theme interests them. Then you can use an app like VivaVideo or iMovie to cut and paste it into a viral-worthy clip.
Get the kids’ creativity going with a craft box. Their imaginations can run wild with their creations. Whether they create their own board games, or props for their movie, or wall paintings for their bedrooms...open the box and see what magic is created!
Create a festive cubby house
This can be done in the attic, under the stairs, in a spare room or just in your bedroom if no other options are available. No matter how old you are, cubby houses are always a good idea. Deck it out with lights, make some colourful bunting and of course, give it a name.
Make ice blocks
Make yummy, healthy ice blocks in moulds with summer fruit, juice and sparkling water, or make creamier versions from coconut milk or yoghurt.
Hopefully there aren't too many days this summer that you can't get out and enjoy the fresh air and nature but we hope that for those days when it's just too darn hot, that these ideas help you and the kids get through!
For more ideas on how to entertain the kids over the holidays, check out these blogs: 20 Fun Ideas To Do When Kids Say 'I'm Bored', 12 Things To Do With The Family During School Holidays and 5 Tips For Stress Free School Holidays.