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5 Cool Indoor Activities When It’s Just Too Dang Hot Out

It’s summertime. That means fun in the sun. Unless the sun is threatening to scorch the earth. Then it’s not so fun.

It can get downright steamy here on the Space Coast with humidity reaching nearly 80% in the latter half of the season. On those days, it might be advisable to stay in and soak up the AC. (You did get your air conditioner tuned up, right?)

Here are 5 fun activities to do with your kids while you wait for Mother Nature to turn down the thermostat.

1. Make a Shoebox Foosball Game

You don’t need a regulation-size foosball table to enjoy this whiteknuckle game. This shoebox version provides the same thrills and it’s just as fun to make.

What you need:

  • 1 shoe box
  • 1 ping pong ball
  • 10 clothespins
  • 4 wooden dowels
  • A Sharpie or pen
  • Knife
  • Ruler

Run four skewers through both sides of the box spaced evenly apart. Clip the clothespins to the skewers. These are the kickers. Cut out the goals on both ends of the box. Next, have fun!

2. Bake Some Treats (No Baking Required)

The last thing you want to do on a hot day is some heavy-duty baking, but this Rocky Road recipe only calls for a microwave and a handful of ingredients. Plus, your kids will enjoy playing chef!

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 200gms blocks of milk chocolate
  • 1 pack of M&Ms (we recommend the crispy M&Ms if you can find them)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Candy cranberries

Break up the chocolate in chunks and place on a microwave safe dish. Heat the chocolate for 1 minute, then stir. Heat again for 15 to 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. The kids can express their culinary creativity by putting as much marshmallows, cranberries and M&Ms as they want into the chocolate. Next, pour the mixture onto a dish lined with baking paper and place in the fridge. Wait for a couple of hours and you’ll have yourselves a sweet, cold treat to enjoy on a hot day.

3. Go Fish!

This game is reel fun. Bring the great outdoors inside by catching magnetic fish!

What you need:

  • 2 sticks
  • String
  • Paperclips
  • 2 magnets
  • Glue
  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils
  • Scissors

Instruct the kids to draw and cut out their own fish. Tape or glue a paperclip to each fish. Next, make fishing pole by winding string around the end of a stick and attach a magnet at each end. Now, scatter the paper fish throughout the house. The kids can catch them by casting their magnetic lines over them.

4. Make a Cardboard Clubhouse

Kids love cardboard boxes, sometimes more than the toys they come in. If you have a large appliance box, let the kids transform it into their very own playhouse.

What you need:

  • One large box (Don’t have one? Any appliance shop will happily give you one.)
  • A box knife
  • Duct tape
  • Paint
  • Brushes

Cut out windows and a door. For best results, tape a cardboard door to the box. The tape will act like a hinge. Next, let your kids decorate their clubhouse however they want with paint. Then place some pillows and teddy bears inside. If you do this right, they’ll spend a lot of time in their new digs, giving you some much-needed peace and quiet.

5. Build a Pillow Fort Like an Engineer

This is a classic and done correctly, you’re kids will exercise problem-solving skills like the little engineers they are.

What you need:

  • Pillows (duh)
  • Paper
  • Crayons or colored pencils

Before gathering all your building supplies, i.e. pillows, have the kids draw their ideal pillow fort. Challenge them to come up with a design incorporating furniture around the house that will support the structure, such as a couch or a series of chairs. Next, build it! How close is the finished project to the blueprint?


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