We are smack dab in the middle of summer and temperatures are soaring all across the country. Ice cream is melting as soon as it hits the cone, sidewalks are scorching feet, and parents are exhausted. What can you do when it is just too hot to go outside? Here are a few fun ideas to keep you and your children entertained. As a former day care teacher, we would do some of these on extremely hot days and everyone had a lot of fun. So here you go, 15 fun activities to do during a heatwave.
15 Ways To Have Fun Activities To Do During A Heatwave.
Color Cubes– We would take ice cube trays and fill them with water and food coloring overnight. The next morning we would take them out and put two or three different colors in a small,quart size zip lock bag. We would keep them on the counter just long enough that they started to melt a little bit. Then we would have the kids come to the table and they would play with the bags, watching the ice cubes melt and the colors mix.
Slip n’Slide- This is a fun, wet activity. We took bubble wrap and taped it to the tables with masking tape. Then we would put a small dollop of baby shampoo at each child’s spot. (This way there would be no tears in little eyes if accidentally splashed.) Next, we would spray down the bubble wrap with water and let the kids slip and slide with their hands until their hearts were content.
Scratch n’ Sniff Paintings– For this activity, mix Kool-Aid with a few teaspoons water until dissolved. Make sure you have card stock on hand, preferably white. Put old t-shirts on the kids and let them paint with the Kool-Aid. Once dry, they can scratch and sniff for a fruity smell.
Ice Cream Cone Paint– Make copies of an empty ice cream cone on white card stock. Mix a 1/2 cup shaving cream with a 1/2 cup glue, adding gradually. Then add a little color with food coloring. Have the kids paint the ice cream on top of their cones. The paint will dry puffy and pretty.
Pudding Fingerpaint– Give each child a sheet of wax paper, add a dollop of your favorite pudding and let them go to town. You may want to make sure they are in old clothes as well. What a delicious way to paint!
More Fun Activities to Beat the Heat.
Here are some more fun activities to do during a heatwave.
Water Balloons-If we had a morning where it was warmer but not scorching yet, sometimes we would let the older kids (ages 5 and up) play with water balloons. This was a way to let them cool off without a lot of mess and they dried pretty quickly.
Snow Cones-Another fun activity to do during a heatwave with older kids is to make snow cones. If neither you or your co-teacher have a snow cone maker, ask if any of your parents have one and if you can borrow it. Get a few bags of ice and three or four syrup flavors and you are ready to serve a frosty, low calorie treat for snack. Another alternative is talking to your director and seeing if you can arrange for a snow cone truck to come. The snow cone truck came to the daycare where I worked a few times during the summer and the kids loved it.
Water Table-Put towels under your water table on the floor and let the kids splash in it with their hands and play with water proof toys.
Paper Cup Popsicles-Make popsicles in paper cups with your class in the morning and then freeze them until snack time for a delicious treat. (NOTE: Be cautious of food allergies and adapt as needed.) Here are some recipes to get you thinking:
Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles from SheKnows
Rainbow Pudding Pops from Sandy Toes and Popsicles
5 Minute Dixie Cup Popsicles from Ruffles and Rainboots
Note: You may want to prepare the base for the popsicles at home and store them in the fridge as there is cutting and mashing involved. Your kids will still have fun helping you fill and add popsicle sticks to your cups.
Obstacle Course-Set up an obstacle course and let the kids get their energy out.
Read Books-Read some books from your class library or have your kids bring their favorites in. Some of the favorites in my class were Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and No David!
Write a class story or have your kids write their own- Unleash their creativity and let them write a story either as a class or on their own. If writing as a class, vote on a theme they want to use.
Playdough-Let them create and build with this squishy favorite until their hearts are content.
Shaving Cream-We would let our kids play with shaving cream on the tables. It’s a little bit messy but it smells amazing after it’s all cleaned up and sanitized.
Dance Party-Put on the tunes and let them dance, shake, and shimmy away. Choosing songs with actions will help release all that pent up energy from not being able to go outside.
As you can see, there are many ways to have a fun afternoon. There are ways for them to learn, create, and get all that excess energy out. Try these with your kids and see how an afternoon in the A/C can’t be beat. Do you have other fun ideas that you do with your kids at home when you’re stuck inside? As a teacher, do you have some other ideas for beating the heat while having fun? Then join the conversation and leave a comment, I would love to hear from you. Here’s to 15 ways to have fun activities to do during a heatwave.