– by Mary May Larmoyeux – It’s been so very hot in Arkansas where Pops and I live! And for many kids, really hot weather means plenty of time for inside activities. Here are a few ideas that you can use to help them have some indoor fun:
Make a doll couch. By using cardboard, scraps of fabric and stuffing (such as an old towel), making a doll couch can provide hours of fun and imagination for older children. This You Tube video gives step-by-step directions.
Play storybook bingo. Make a bingo card by drawing 16 squares on a piece of paper or cardboard. Ask the players to list common words that they can recognize. Then cut the words out and place them in a small bowl. Select a word from the bowl. As you read a story, ask the kids to listen for the word that you drew out of the bowl. When they hear it, they will cover the appropriate square with a marker from another game, coin, etc. You may want to play straight-line bingo (cover four squares in a straight line in any direction) cover the card, etc.
You also could use a deck of word flash cards for very young readers. If you do this, you will simply draw the “bingo word” from the stack of cards.
Grandparents, this activity can easily be done with grandkids who don’t live near you. Mail them the bingo cards and markers, read a story on the phone, and play bingo together.
Storybook Bingo is an idea that I found on the Internet, on the Family Education website.
Make a Bear Hospital. One of our granddaughters had a great time pretending that a stuffed bear was a patient in the hospital and she was the doctor. All I had to do was supply Band-Aids®, a pillow, and a few blankets.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt. You can make up your own clues for an indoor scavenger hunt or check out downloadable scavenger hunts on the Internet. You might want to encouraged the kids to have a “tricky treasure hunt”—work together to solve brainteasers to locate a prize.
Make some colorful paper fan together: You can find lots of ideas on the internet. Here are You-Tube instructions for how to make a paper fan rosette.
Work a simple jigsaw puzzle together. This is always a fun activity to do and great for the entire family. If you are a grandparent, you may want to mail a jigsaw puzzle to long-distance grandchildren.
And for more ideas for ways to connect with kids and grandkids check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. The ebook is available on Amazon and the paperback book can be ordered here.
What indoor activity has been a hit with your kids or grandkids?
Post and photos © 2015, 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
If you would like some creative ideas for grandparents, check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)