Technically, summer hasn’t arrived yet, but like I said in one of my earlier posts, there are only two seasons in Delhi/NCR: Scorching summer and bone-chilling winter. The sun has already started burning our skins here with temperatures promising to go all time high this year in peak summer (It’s already 36 Degrees Celcius now!).
This essentially means that sonny and I are mostly confined indoors during afternoons (till sundown) and have to be content with doing activities inside our apartment. It’s not that we are that much outdoorsy anyway (We are indoors way moe than I’d like to admit 🙂 ), but we did enjoy the choice and freedom of running errands from time to time during afternoons (Most stores are within walking distance from our home) or just playing/running in the park to get some much-needed Vitamin D.
That being said, I am quite lazy when it comes to buying supplies needed for many of the indoor activities you can find on the internet to keep our children busy. To be fair (and in my defense), even if I did buy them, sonny would not give a hoot as he is not quite “into” arts and craft and would rather run and play even when at home.
So if you have a kid like mine and maybe you too hate going to the crafts store, then here are some ideas for simple and yet fun indoor summer activities for kids which involve very little prep work from you, the mom and which are very easy to execute:
1. Play Indoors
Playing indoors doesn’t have to involve the use of expensive toys or play sets. In fact, I have discovered that the simpler, inexpensive things that you can find lying around the house can bring as much joy and happiness to the kids as their pricey counterparts. Here are some readily available things that I have found quite useful when it comes to keeping sonny entertained during the hot summer afternoons.
Playing with balloons is one of our favorite go-to activities for summer (Well any weather to be honest!).
- My personal favorite game is the one where I ask sonny to keep the balloon from touching the floor by all means possible. Some days, he uses a ping pong bat to keep the balloon up, other days, he does it with his hand (like volleyball). Anyway, super fun and zero involvement from me, the lazy mom – what more could one ask for?
- Then there is another variation where I tie an un-inflated balloon to a drinking straw and ask sonny to blow it up and let go. It’s amazing to see how long a child can be amused by a “running” balloon!
What fun is summer if not for ice cubes? Sonny absolutely loves playing with them. I make it a point to have a tray in the freezer just for him. Given a choice, he could spend a whole afternoon playing, tasting, holding and talking to ice cubes (Yes, thank you Ice Queen Elsa!). Well, if only they could last a little longer without melting away!
Bubbles hold some magical power for kids and grownups alike. Once you start making bubbles, you just can’t seem to stop. Some days sonny likes blowing bubbles, other days he likes running after them and popping them one by one while I blow them for him. In any case, it involves very little effort from my side and you can always make your own bubble soap and bubble-wand in case you don’t already have these at home.
A laundry basket or a bucket can serve as the basket and any soft small-sized ball or crumpled paper can serve as the ball. A bonus point is that this game improves your kids’ aim as they grow up, so that when they start throwing stuff from a distance into the garbage can, more often than not, it lands in position! 😉
Hide And Seek
If you need a break from all the running and playing and improve your kid’s counting skills at the same time, hide and seek is the game to play. I progressively increase the counting range (10, then 20, then 30 and so on…) and being an honest kid that he is, sonny makes sure he counts till the assigned number before he starts looking for me 🙂 But don’t go too high and hide for too long as it could quite easily lead to a meltdown!
Whether it’s toy car racing or real racing, it’s a fun thing to do indoors if and only if your downstairs neighbors are friendly and/or have kids and understand the ruckus! It’s especially fun if done round and round the dining table because in their zeal to win, kids soon forget that mommy is just dawdling 😉
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