Summer Indoor Fun Ideas

Stuck inside due to afternoon rain, high temperatures or poor air quality? OFC suggests trying out some of these activities with the preK - school age children in your care!

girl jumping rope

Physical Activity

Develop tabletop versions of basketball, soccer, hockey, or bowling.

Play movement games involving jumping, running, kicking, balancing or catching.

Do yoga or aerobics.

Learn how to hula hoop, develop hula hoop games.

Jump rope, play Freeze Dance or Limbo.

Pretend Play with Props

Spend a day at the beach - use fabric to make an ocean, build moon sand castles, bring your beach gear and add plastic sea animals.

Set up an indoor camp site complete with tents, sleeping bags, pots and pans.

Sail the seas and pretend to be pirates - make simple costumes, build cardboard boats, draw a map to a hidden treasure chest, and go on a treasure hunt.


Tell stories out loud or read poetry.

Write plays, short stories and poems.

Write and illustrate a cartoon strip.

Play word games such as Scrabble and Boggle, and do word puzzles.

Visual Arts

Paint, sketch, sculpt, draw and illustrate.

Create art or jewelry with beads or yarn.

Try out different play dough recipes.

Use recyclables for art or fashion design.

Take pictures or make a movie.


Come up with an invention, build a model of it and describe what makes the invention unique.

Try out different types of experiments.

Make a flower pot or soda bottle garden.

Experiment with light using flashlights and cellophane.

Trace the shadows of people, toys and flowers.

Make kaleidoscopes.



Create a recipe book.

Come up with your own recipe and make it.

Host a cook-off.







Performing Arts

Have a sing-a-long.

Perform simple plays and skits.

Play improvisational games.

Make instruments and form a band.

Choreograph and perform a dance routine.


Play favorite board games.

Get moving with games like Twister or Hullabaloo.

Design your own game board, come up with the rules and make the playing pieces.

Create life size versions of games like Chess or Candy Land.

Go on a scavenger hunt.




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