There are plenty of ways to help your kids enjoy their summer vacation even when the rain keeps them indoors! Whether it’s creating a fun art project or baking goodies together, here are a few ideas for fun indoor summer activities to beat the rainy day blues.

Homemade Play Dough

Not only is play dough great for texture and sensory play with young children, but it’s also easy to make at home and reasonably mess-free! The recipe below is simple to make, and uses ingredients you likely already have around your house. Make it more exciting for your kids by playing around with adding food coloring or letting them shape the dough with popsicle sticks or cookie cutters!


  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Boiling water

Simply mix all of the dry ingredients together, add your choice of cooking oil, and gradually add in boiling water until the dough is your desired consistency. Wait for the dough to cool, and see what your child can create!

Create A Time Capsule

If you want to make sure your child has a summer they won’t forget, customize your own time capsules with them! Have them write letters to their future selves and write lists about their favorite color, sports team, or movie. Combine these with a few photos in a Tupperware container or can, and let your child decorate the outside with stickers, paint, or sparkles. Keep it for safekeeping (or bury it in your backyard) and help them open it again in a few years!

Make Healthy Fruit Popsicles

Just because it’s rainy doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with a go-to summer sweet. Try your hand at a healthier version by combining cut fresh fruit with your choice of juice or punch, pour into molds, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze for at least 6 hours!

Build a Blanket Fort

What better way to spend a rainy day than curled up in a blanket fort? Use sheets or throw blankets to build your fort, fill with pillows, and grab a few snacks to enjoy your child’s favorite movie!

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