The best part of summer, for me, has always been the ability to be outside all day long. Running around the neighborhood, poking around in the garden, reading on the porch, playing tag with neighborhood kids, playing in the hose, going to the pool, lying on the grass, making forts out of trees. Evening is still prime time for catching lightning bugs, but the days are just too hot and humid to be outside for long enough to have any fun.
So I thought of some things kids can do inside that still give them the learning they get from running around all day and the same freedom.
Algebra, French, cats' cradle, ping pong. There are instructions for how to do almost everything on the web. If you didn't want to be in the loop at all, you could have your kids make scavenger hunts for each other.
They might even give you a speaking part, if you're lucky. Learn something from another kid. Make a playdate and ask the kids to come ready to teach the other kids something they know how to do. Make an instructional video for other kids. Have them post Things to do when its too hot outside on the web for other kids to learn from. Kids can use the internet to look at which parts of the country are the hottest, what historical averages have been, and predict whether the heat is a trend or an anomaly.
If you have poster board and art supplies they can make an entire presentation about the weather. Then make popsicles by filling the forms with juice and freezing. Or, instead of juice, use yogurt. Or put some watermelon in the blender with a little lime juice, or pineapple with some coconut milk, or rice pudding. I've done them for myself with sweetened coffee with milk. Let your kids make up their own combinations. Write a graphic novel. How about the Marx Brothers movies? I could watch the original "Parent Trap" Hayley Mills right now.
Play soccer in the basement. The kids can still get exercise without being in danger of heat exhaustion. Make a diorama of your favorite scene from a book or movie. For one of my sons, it would be the Millennium Falcon. A cereal box or shoe box, some paper and glue and paint, and you've got your own miniature set.
Write letters to people who will Things to do when its too hot outside back. Your kids surely have opinions about something going on in your community. Teach them to look up who their representatives are and write a letter about something they're concerned with.
Writing the letter is a great exercise in democratic responsibility, and there will be delayed excitement when the representative replies to your child in a few weeks. Refrigerator pickles don't need to be canned or sealed, and can keep in the refrigerator for a week, if you don't eat them first.
Search "refrigerator pickles" and you'll get dozens of recipes. Read to someone else. But reading can be even more fun when one person reads to another, especially if it's an older child reading to a younger child. My year-old is currently reading the first Harry Potter book to his 7-year-old brother, and they keep stopping to talk about what's happening in the book. Yes, it's great that they're reading, but I'm more excited about the fact that for the rest of their lives they'll have Harry Potter in common.
Magda Pecsenye writes about parenting at AskMoxie.
Follow her cat on Facebook at Alex the Assassin Cat. Ice Cream For Dinner. Back from sleeping away. Conflict prevention for brothers. Khan Academy, Duolingo, and YouTube are just three sites kids can learn from for free be careful with YouTube, obviously. While a really prepared mom would make scavenger hunts for her children, I am the kind of mom who would get her children to make scavenger hunts for me.
Cardboard, paper, cards, popsicle sticks, whatever materials you've got can turn into construction materials to see who can build the tallest structure. Your kids can use the video function on your phone to make "Things to do when its too hot outside," and they'll get practice writing the script, doing costumes and props, and figuring out lighting.
Kids are good at things, and they can teach each other more easily than adults can, often. Take the expertise out of your neighborhood, by making an instructional video for something your kids know how to do. Instead of resenting how hot it is so you're stuck inside, make a project out of tracking the heat.
You can buy popsicle forms or just use paper cups and popsicle sticks. Instead of telling you complicated tales of battles and superheroes and long, involved stories, get your kids to write and illustrate them in graphic novel form.
Have your ids seen "The Princess Bride" yet? If your kids are around anyway, why not have them help your neighbors out and make some money by pet-sitting and Things to do when its too hot outside plants while the neighbors are away?
If you have a nice cool basement without a lot of breakable things in it, use it as an indoor soccer field with a nerf ball, of course. For me that would have been Laura Ingalls Wilder's little house on the prairie the one with the cord for the latch that they could pull in through the hole to lock themselves in at night. Grandmothers are one likely option, but another great option is politicians. It's easy enough to make a quick refrigerator pickle by slicing cucumbers, heating a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and spices over the stove, and then pouring this brine over the cucumbers.
Of course you're spending time reading to yourself. Facebook Twitter Tumblr Pinterest. What do you think? Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook e. Videos You May Like. Content provided on this site is for entertainment or informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical or health, safety, legal or financial advice.
Click here for additional information. If the weather outside has you hot and bothered, here are fifty great things you can do to while away the If you get wet in the process, even better, since it will cool you down, too.
Give the money to a charity, because it's a nice thing to do. Unfortunately, there are some days where it's simply too hot to do anything outside. And naturally, when it's too hot, we resort to napping, Netflix bingeing and. In case you haven't left your home in a few weeks, it is really, really hot outside. According to The Weather Channel, there is a very ominous.