7 Ways to Bring Summer Indoors for the Kids

7 Ways to Bring Summer Indoors for the Kids

No sun? No problem! Turn your home into a warm, summer day – no matter the temperature.

By Nicole Fabian-Weber

The weather is warming up, but it's still not summer quite yet. We're getting close (woo hoo!), but for many of us, there is still a fair share of rainy (and chilly) days. And when you have kids, "rainy and chilly" are two words you don't want to hear when it comes to the weather. But! That doesn't mean you can't bring summertime inside your house. Oh, yes! And the best part? No chasing after little ones to slather them with sunscreen! What's better than that?

Here, seven fun and easy ways to have a "summer day" at home.

1. Break out the bathing suits. Unlike adults, kids will love the idea of wearing a swimsuit before it's quite swimsuit season -- and donning one will surely get them in a summer state of mind. Put bathing suits on the kids and let them run wild, just like you would at the beach. They may be used to running around the living room, but they're sure to enjoy the novelty of doing it in beach attire.

2. Paint your seashells. If you're like most parents, you and your kids collected seashells at the beach last year (or at some point). Find them and paint them, if you haven't already. Don't have any seashells? Painting rocks bright colors should work almost as well.

3. Crank up the heat ... for a bit. Of course, you don't want to double your gas or electric bill, but an hour or so of toasty temperatures won't hurt anybody. Throw on some summery clothes, munch on an ice pop, and bask in the fake heat. If you close your eyes you can almost feel the sun.

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4. Listen to summery music or watch a summer movie. It's hard to have the rainy day blues when there's reggae music blaring in your house. Put on your happiest tunes, and pretend the family is at a barbecue. And if you choose to watch a movie that day (hello, rainy day and all), make it one that's set in the summertime.


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5. Play with "sand." Chances are, you don't have a big pile of sand lying around the house, but! You probably have cornstarch, no? Toddlers love playing with “goop,” easily made at home with cornstarch and water. Instead of letting them use just their hands, give them a few cheap sand toys to play with, such as shovels and plastic cups.

6. Go "in the pool." Baby pools are cheap. Ridiculously cheap. Why not pick one up and let your kids play with it inside, sans water of course -- unless you're a very brave soul. (And if you can't get your hands on a baby pool, let the kids splash around in the tub in their bathing suits with some toys for a bit. Water = happy kiddos.)

7. Think warm thoughts. If you don't have access to any of the above, lie down on the couch with the kids and tell everyone to think hot, sunny thoughts. It might make summer come a little quicker -- you never know!

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Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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We love blowing bubbles during bathtime, our little girl loves them, and you don't have to worry about your house getting sticky! Bubbles always feel like summertime to me, even if it is inside and in the bath!

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This is a great list of ideas, thanks!

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