So we’re in the thick of summer up here. It’s been 90 degrees the past few days. I’m not turn on the oven. I’m not wearing any more clothes then is absolutely necessary. And I’m not stay outside for longer than to water my poor garden. The Bears love to keep busy so we’ve been at odds lately. They want to run around in the blasting heat, but in all honesty I just can’t. I’m known for passing out. Long story, fun times.
But how do I keep them entertained indoors during these oh so fun heat spikes? When a living space of just under 1000 sq ft, I think I’ve got to get a little creative. Here are 5 sure fire ways to beat the summer heat.
Train tracks: An old time staple. Who doesn’t love taking these out and spreading them all over the floor to be stepped on and then left out to be stepped on again! We even keep ours in a huge bag so it’s more fun to dump out everywhere. Ha! No really train tracks can be hours of fun. If you’re like me you might have been a bit scared or frustrated by trying to figure out how to build a “perfect track” Because let’s be honest if you have a 4 year old like me, you’re building the track. Fear not, breath easy. Just go to Dazy USA they have a bunch of free track plans. Kind of gave me the feeling I’m not the only one who missed the train on having a plan. (See what I did there?)
Dress up: One of the best things I’ve done is go to the dollar store at Halloween time. Pick up a few cheap dress up items and save them for the summer. We’ve been everything from Knights to ninjas. Simply store all of them in a bin on a shelf until you are ready to have your house transformed into a secret hide out.
Build a fort: Speaking of secret hide outs, build a fort! Good for any day indoor any season.
Paint in the tub: Kids and water. No idea why, but man it works. You can grab some tub paint from Target or try making your own:
1/4 cup baby shampoo
2 tbsp cornstarch
4-6 drops food coloring
Paper airplanes: My mom bought this book for me for Christmas. And even though I have to make the airplanes at this point, Bear does love to throw them around the house. Little bear will even join in and run after them.
Bonus for the daring: Let them take something apart. We normally have one or two broken things in the house. So when an old alarm clock or something they have never seen the inside of kicks the bucket I try to put it to the side for later exploration.