Summer vacation time is almost here and if you’re dreading the idea of your kids sitting around the house moaning and complaining that they’re bored for weeks on end, it’s time to find some exciting ideas for activities that will allow them to burn off some energy. If it’s raining outside it can be difficult to think of how you’re going to keep your children occupied, but luckily, we’re here to give you some helpful advice so you can have a stash of suggestions in mind whenever you hear those words that strike fear into the heart of every parent – “Mom, what are we doing today?”
If it’s too wet outdoors to go and play regular tennis, fear not! Balloon tennis is the ideal alternative and is safe to play in the house. Simply get some balloons, cut some paddles out of stiff cardboard and you’ll be good to go! See how many passes the kids can make before dropping the balloon. This is a particularly good game for younger children since it takes longer for a balloon to float down to the paddle than a regular tennis ball to a racket.
This version of Dodgeball is easy to play indoors with a soft foam ball from any toy store. All of the same rules apply as to the original Dodgeball game, but since the ball is soft and squishy it won’t break or damage any of your accessories or furniture. You’ll need to clear some space for this to make sure that nobody gets injured – you don’t want an accidental head injury!
Indoor Obstacle Courses
It’s surprising what children can do with some standard household objects if you leave them to their own devices. Kids are very creative and they can create some pretty impressive obstacle courses with just some kitchen implements, cardboard boxes and old toys! Let your kids time each other to see who can complete the course the fastest and then try to beat their personal best time!
Basketball is usually thought of as an outdoor game, but if you have the right equipment and accessories to hand you can play indoors too. There are basketball rings out on the market which can fit on the wall inside your child’s bedroom or on the back of a door. With the right soft ball suitable for indoor use, your child can practice shooting hoops to their heart’s content, honing their skills and wearing themselves out perfectly ready for bed! There’s more information on ballersguide.net to help you find the right indoor basketball equipment to suit your home.
If you have preschool children at home and are wondering how to keep them occupied during the long wet summer days, don’t worry – there are lots of ways in which you can keep those toddlers busy even on the longest, wettest day! Even better, these ideas will allow them to burn off some steam so they’ll sleep well at night, letting you have some adult time to yourself!
How about encouraging your child to think of as many different ways as possible to get across the room without jumping, walking or running. This will also help their physical motor skills. They might want to think about moving like different types of animal, rolling, hopping or skipping. Mini trampolines can also be used indoors as well as outdoors and they’re a brilliant way for small children to wear themselves out pretty quickly. After a few minutes of bouncing they’re often ready to sit down and watch a movie or listen to a story for a while. Of course, you’ll also be helping them to stay healthy and that’s always a good thing! The more active the better when it comes to little ones!
Hopefully, we’ve given you the inspiration you need to keep your little ones occupied all summer long, even if the weather takes a turn for the worst. As long as your children stay busy and active, they’ll stop bugging you to take them out and keep them entertained, and you can enjoy some parent-only time – who doesn’t want that! Enjoy your summer!