Summer fun on a budget: indoor fun!

On rainy days or days when it’s too hot to go outside, there are still plenty of fun things you can do inside (that don’t include TV or video games) to keep your kids busy.

Earlier this week I shared some craft ideas for entertaining your kids here.

Here are some more ideas:

*Bake – pick out your favorite cook (or other kid friendly recipe) and start cooking! My kids love to help in the kitchen

*Board games – My kids absolutely love it when we get to pull out the board games and we have a closet full of different ones that I try to rotate through so that they don’t get tired of playing the same thing over and over again (although for some reason they never seem to get tired of Candyland).

*Build and indoor fort – Grab your pillows, blankets, and sheets, and get creative! If you need some ideas, here are some great articles:
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How to build an indoor fort (from

*Indoor picnic – instead of eating lunch at the table, spread out a blanket and have an indoor picnic. This breaks up the monotony and my kids love it!

*Puzzles – my kids love puzzles. I have found some great, inexpensive puzzles for $1 at Dollar Tree and it’s a great boredom buster.

Here are some more great articles with ideas for indoor fun:

*Rainy Day Activities for Children Ages 6-10

*20 Fun, Indoor Activities for Bored Kids

*Rainy Day Fun and Boredom Busters for Kids