Ideas for Summer Indoor Activities

It’s almost halfway through summer vacation and kids are becoming a tad bored lounging in the house every day of the week. When we were children, summer meant playing outdoors with our neighbors. But now, the stifling heat makes that unhealthy and even downright dangerous. So, how do we keep our little ones entertained for the remaining half of the summer while at the same time keeping our sanity (which we are bound to lose from all that whining and complaining the entire day each day of the week)? Teaching your children the latest and greatest nursery rhyme that is currently doing the rounds on the kids’ corner of YouTube could be one thing to do, but what else could you get them doing? You could enrol the kids in summer workshops, non-academic classes, or enrichment classes. Or you could even take them somewhere like Fox in a Box Orange County. There are quite a number of summer activities across the metro. However, if budget constraints make this an impossibility, here are some fun summer indoor activities you can do at home:

You may find that looking into something like castle residential swing sets denver could be the answer to keeping your kids entertained throughout the summer. If you haven’t planned a trip away or any activities away from the house, you and the kids can have fun in your backyard! There are no rules as to where you can spend your summer.

  1. Have your own arts & craft workshop. Set an area in the house, preferably one that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty, and bring out all art materials you can scavenge in the house. You can challenge the kids’ creativity by making use of scrap materials in your house (think boxes, gift wrappers, ribbons from gifts and whatever else you should have already thrown out a long long time ago) instead of buying new ones.
  2. Teach the kids how to bake or cook. Provide everyone with his own handmade toque to create a professional cooking class ambiance. Choose recipes appropriate for the age of the children, something that they can actually cook on their own. For those with toddlers like me, I find that they enjoy mixing the batter for pancakes, making sandwiches, and putting pizza toppings. If you are not kitchen savvy like me, preparing wonderful desserts would be a good alternative.
  3. Bring out the microphone and videoke for an impromptu voice lesson. Ok, so you may not exactly be an expert in the music field but you and your kids are bound to have lots of fun – and fits of laughter – singing together. Better yet, take out those musical instruments and produce your own tunes. For younger kids, toy instruments would be enough to give them hours of fun.
  4. Have a pool party in your garden. Inflatable pools are now much more affordable and easy to set up. Having one at home can surely help beat the summer heat and can save you tons of gas money.
  5. Conduct an in-house writing workshop, a poetry reading or a book talk. It may sound surprising, but a lot of kids actually do enjoy reading and writing stories. Tap your kids’ linguistic ability by choosing fun topics and stories they can relate with.

There are tons more activities you can actually do at home, such as playing computer games. Apparently, by visiting a website like Gamulator, people can actually access older video games on their computer. That could entertain the kids for a while. Maybe they might want to download this super metroid rom to give that game a go. Alternatively, they could try and find some other games. Hopefully, these ideas would be enough to help you have a more enjoyable and productive summer.

You can read about how I keep my toddlers entertained in this post.

Online Resources for Toddler Activities

The level of boredom and the degree of hyperactivity in toddlers are directly proportional to each other.  The greater the boredom, the more hyperactive toddlers become.  I have two toddlers in my care and hyperactivity is definitely something I dread!  It has happened a couple of times, and believe me, running after them trying to figure out which one is in danger of getting hurt or hurting the other is a pretty nasty sight.

Good thing moms like me are able to get great help from the web.  There are now plenty of sites that we can go to for ideas on how to keep our toddlers entertained while learning at the same time.  Here are four of this mom’s favorite go-to sites:

PreKinders, a site with resources for Pre-K Teachers, has plenty of activity ideas that can be used not just in the classroom but at home also.  There are also free printables available.

Starfall is the toddlers’ most recent favorite site.  The toddlers are still on the first level which is ABC Getting Started to Read.  They have both showed great progress in letter recognition and phonemic awareness since we started using the site a month ago.

Fisher-Price Online Games and Activities has dozens of games and activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  My toddlers’ favorites include Shapes + Colors, Who’s at the Door?, and Learning about Opposites.

For printables, I go to Wholesome Toddler Food.  Aside from providing nutrition facts and recipes, this site also has links to hordes of great printables for introducing letters, numbers, colors, and shapes to toddlers.


All About Scrapbooking: Scrap ‘n Tell

When my son was born, I bought two scrapbooks and scrapbooking accessories and had pictures of him and my older daughter printed. I had in my mind this vision of pages oozing with creativity, teeming with memories, chronicling my toddlers’ first years of life. If you are interested in starting a scrapbook, then one thing that you might want to consider is getting something like these svg cut files to really help improve the way your scrapbook looks.

Now my daughter is turning 3 and my son is turning 2, yet the scrapbooks I bought are still in the storage box – unopened, unused, virtually brand new. The vision remains as it is. Well, all that is about to change! Inspired by the Scrap n’ Tell: Bloggers’ Scrapbooking Event, this Mom has resolved to turn that vision into reality.

I was fortunate enough to have scored an invite for this event through Jennifer Aspacio of Pinay Mommies Community. The event held at the Filstar Distributors Corp Office at Kapitolyo, Pasig was truly a delightful afternoon. The organizers prepared well for it as everything was oozing with their creative juices, from the invitations, to the name tags, and the demonstrations and the hands-on activites. Here are my fun memories of this awesome scrapbooking event:

I never got to actually starting my scrapbooks for my toddlers mainly because I knew how time-consuming it would be. Let alone, the mess I would have to clean up after I’m done. But after experiencing scrapbooking, I found it to be a very relaxing activity, somewhat therapeutic. I didn’t mind cleaning up the mess at all when I was done. I still have much to learn as my creative juices are equivalent to that of a five-year-old. But I do know one thing, Scrapbooking is an art and to be good at it, you must have the passion for it.

(*pictures courtesy of All About Scrapbooking Facebook Page)

Learning Teamwork and Developing Creativity Through Edmark Smart Cube

Electronic toys abound in toy stores nowadays.  Plenty claim to offer children hours of entertainment.  Some claim to be educational and would do wonders in improving children’s thinking abilities.  Although some are indeed very helpful in teaching some skills,  these toys are still quite expensive.  Add to that the costly batteries that need to be replaced often and you have a veritable money drain in your hands.

Another reason why we don’t usually buy electronic toys for our toddlers is that they seldom encourage imaginative play and are often meant to be played alone.  Puzzles, building blocks and even shape sorters on the other hand challenge children’s creativity and also encourage them to play together.  These types of toys are what my toddlers usually ask for during playtime.

One of their favorite toys is the Edmark Smart Cube which was given as a gift for Jade’s first birthday.  I once checked the store for its price and it costs only around 200 per set.   As for durability, we have been using our set for almost two years now.  It has withstood being thrown across the room, being smashed against the wall, being bitten by Jakei, and whatever else you could imagine a toddler doing with a toy.


Jakei used to just throw the pieces around or smash whatever his Ate Jade has built.  But he has outgrown this destructive phase and can now create figures by himself.  I really love seeing them working together to build something.   They are now able to take turns putting the pieces together.

Walking on the Green Grass

My two kids are banned from the mall and all other crowded places lest they acquire another strain of virus and get sick again.  We’ve already started the year with one week of hospital confinement and consecutive bouts with flu, cough, and colds; I really wouldn’t want any of that again.

If I could create a bubble to protect my kids from every virus and bacteria out there, I would have done so already.  Sadly, that’s way beyond the powers of this mom.

I could just keep them cooped inside the house but that would just be too lonely.  So, what’s our solution?  Take them outdoors to walk on the green grass, to watch birds fly, to name shapes formed by clouds, to count airplanes that fly overhead, and to basically breathe air fresher than the one inside the house.

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Oh, ok…  So, it’s a MEMORIAL park… but it’s not crowded, the air is fresh, and there’s plenty of green grass to walk on ^_^

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My two totally terrific tots!

We can buy our kids the most expensive toys and the latest gadgets but nothing beats the look on their faces when they discover how wonderfully God created nature!