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15 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids

Parks and pools are great but if you’re like me then Phoenix’s triple digits have you running inside for the air-conditioning. For those days when slides are like branding irons and pools are like bathwater, beat the heat with these 15 fun indoor activities for kids.

  1. An idioglossia is a language created and spoken by one person or few people. Make up a secret language and record the words on Word Central’s Build Your Own Dictionary.
  2. Have more fun with language on Word Central’s website with the daily buzzwords and word games.
  3. Got a video camera you can trust the kiddos to use safely? Let them make documentaries about their life and family or choreograph their own dance video.
  4. Start a family blog on Tumblr.
  5. Make some crafts with paper mache.    Paper Mache
  6. Remember when Bobby and Cindy Brady tried to teeter-totter their way into the Guinness Book of World Records? Your kids can stay cool indoors and set a dedication record for heaviest ball of plastic wrap  or largest collection of Pokemon memorabilia.
  7. Make puppy chow. Get some help in the kitchen with other kid-friendly recipes from Family Fun.    
  8. Bring out your child’s inner David Blaine with these easy magic tricks using items from around the house.
  9. Play card games geared for ages 3 to 8.
  10. Did you know kids can lose two months of grade level equivalency over the summer? That’s known as summer learning loss. Keep their minds active and learn Spanish with these fun lessons.
  11. Make a summer memory book. This is next year’s boredom buster!
  12. Encourage your little artist or writer to submit their art, poems, or stories to kids’ magazines like Stone Soup.
  13. If Clue and Monopoly get boring, make up a family board game with these easy steps.
  14. Let your child make Christmas and other special occasion greeting cards for family members to have on hand throughout the year.
  15. Didn’t finish your spring cleaning? Summer is as good a time as any to get organized. Let the kids use their idle hands clean out their closets and sock drawers. Assign some extra chores so they can earn spending money they want for all of their fun activities.

If you get sick of your own four walls, head over to Imagination Avenue, an indoor play place and party center.  Whatever activities you choose, stay safe by following these summer safety tips for Arizona children.

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  1. Mbulelo 10/18/2015 at 6:58 am

    IF YOUR kitten .HOUSE HAS FLEAS….I have a NATURAL rdmeey for getting rid of fleas in your house.Go to the Store and buy some 20 Mule Team BORAX.Then sprinkle it all over. Carpets, couch, bedding, pillows, pet beds, car, even wood floors. (NOT ON YOUR PET!)THEN VACCUME IT UP.What Boax does is coats the eggs The eggs hatch deformed or unable to reproduce.You will have to do this 2 or 3x about a week apart in order to get all the egg cycles.FOR YOUR PET. Use the flea killer that is on the market or use a flea comb (this is also a head lice comb) especially for kittens or puppys who are too young to have insecticide put on them.Kill the fleas that you find on the comb with soap or alcohol

  2. Melissa 05/17/2012 at 1:09 am

    @Amy, thanks! I love finding and passing on ideas like this. At my house, summer means many afternoons spent inside and a variety of things to do helps minimize the “Mom, I’m bored” complaints.

  3. Amy Allen Johnson 05/16/2012 at 12:10 pm

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing so many links.