The ‘I’m Bored’ Blues Indoor Survival Guide (for Kids)

Summer break was all fun and games until your little one was hit with the “I’m bored” blues on the second week without school. Of course when we think of summer in the Pacific Northwest we imagine sprinklers, parks, and outdoor hikes, but there are some days that are just too hot for their precious skin — which means that staying inside is the best option. Staying indoors shouldn’t always mean a Netflix marathon; so we compiled a list of eight ways keep you and your kids having the best day, inside.

1. Playdough

If you need something to keep your kiddos entertained for hours, playdough is the thing for you. Your little can get hands-on with creating the dough, and of course, molding their own creations when it’s ready.

Try this recipe:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  1. Put the water, oil, and lemon juice into a non-stick pot on medium heat on the stove.
  2. Mix in food coloring — your kiddo’s favorite color, of course!
  3. In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
  4. After the mixture on the stove is hot, add the dry combination while mixing.
  5. Continue to stir until the ingredients form together into a ball. If the mixture seems sticky, place the sticky side down on the pan briefly.
  6. Place the mixture of dough on wax paper while it cools.

2. Journaling

No matter your child’s age, collaborating to create something is not only a bonding moment but is educational as well. Help your kiddo keep a journal of your day-to-day adventures throughout the summer — this will be fun to look back on as well.

3. Sensory Bin

We all like to get our hands messy from time to time. Roll up your child’s sleeves and get to work playing and exploring a sensory bin. From plastic Easter eggs in a rice bin to shells mixed in water beads, there are endless ways to create a bin that your little one can enjoy.

4. Indoor Picnic

Lunchtime indoors doesn’t need to be boring. Grab your basket and blanket and create an indoor picnic with your child. Making the meal will be half the fun.

5. Reading Marathon

Instead of plopping your little in front of the TV for a telethon, grab some books and have a read-a-thon together. Whether you’re the narrator for your afternoon of reading or you take turns with your child, this activity will keep your little one thinking during the summer months.

6. Treasure Hunt

Now, this one may take some planning on your part, but there is nothing more fun than a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. Start by creating clever clues to hide around the house and keep the first one to read to your child. Then team up to find the “treasure” at the end of the quest.

7. Cooking

Everyone loves to try new yummy treats. Work with your kiddo to try a new recipe of their choosing each week, and then scrapbook the recipes together to form a summer recipe book that they can keep.

8. Crafting

Craft time doesn’t have to be coloring pages. Check out these crafty entertaining creations:

  • What do you get when you mix red and blue? Well, put those colors of paint in a tightly sealed Ziploc bag and let your kids mix to find out.
  • Put a plastic tablecloth on your table, and make a “workspace” of shaving cream on the tablecloth and work with your child to trace letters and shapes in the foam. (Don’t do this one over carpet)
  • Help your child to create friendship bracelets. All you need is yarn and some beads.
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