Keeping a toddler entertained on hot summer days

Keeping a toddler entertained on hot summer days

There were quite a few days this summer where the temperatures were well over 100 degrees.  Which mean even with a large shaded patio, we couldn’t spend too much time outside.  It’s crazy how fast The Love Nugget’s little body heats up and besides the fact that he could easily over heat, I’m not a fan of being sweaty and puffy within minutes of exiting the house.  So needless to say we spent several days inside which with an active toddler, can be a bit challenging.

I was often trying to come up with new fun things to keep my little guy happy while being cooped up in doors.  Here are just a few things we did.

Coloring – 


Yes, my son is a genius and can write his letters.  Haha!  Just kidding!  He does like to color though, at least for a few minutes.

Sticker art – 


Sticker art is a hit  around here!  I just draw a little road map and give him transportation stickers and he goes to town!  So cheap and this keeps him busy for quite a while.  The downside is that  there are stickers all over our house 🙁

Water color painting –


This one took me awhile to adjust to.  It drives me crazy when kids mix the colors and put too much water in the paint but I’ve let go of my issues and allow him to go to town painting.  He likes it and it keeps him busy so it’s a win!

Collages –


Usually I’ll draw a large shape, give him some different scraps of paper, feathers, fabric etc. and let him glue them on.  I help him put the glue on a little but he’s starting to get the hang of using a paint brush to paint it on.  When he’s finished I cut out the shapes and hang them on his craft door 🙂

Race Car Painting – 


What little boy doesn’t love driving cars around?  The Love Nugget sure does and driving them through paint is even more fun!  He had a hard time at first understanding that it was okay for the cars to get dirty but he got over it pretty quickly.  He also did a good job of keeping them on the paper which meant less mess for me to clean up 🙂

Indoor Car Wash – 


Of course since we got the cars dirty while painting we had to wash them off in the “car wash!”  This is best done with an old blanket or towels spread out for obvious reasons 🙂

“Snow” play – 


We did this one early in the day before it got too hot out and he loved it!  Yes, it made a huge mess but it was so simple and kept him busy for hours!  An old cookie sheet, some cheap flour (purchased at the Dollar Tree), and whatever vehicles your little one enjoys!

Oh and yes, he had to taste it 🙂


Number Counting with Beans – 


This is one that is probably too young for a two year old to really grasp the concept of but it did keep him busy and he loves getting to play with beans.  We spent awhile going through and counting the dots together as we placed beans over them which is what I hoped he would do but… after number 2 all the beans were dumped out.  Oh well, he still continued to play away!

Letter matching –

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The Love Nugget LOVES the “ABC’s” as he calls letters.  Whenever we see writing on cars, buildings, etc. he says, “look at the ABC’s mama.”  He also enjoys playing with his letters and matching them to ones I write on his board for him.

Along with these activities we do lots of reading, playing with trains, cars, toys, dancing, cooking, and taking trips to indoor, air conditioned places.  As with many kids, if The Love Nugget isn’t entertained, he’s in my hair driving me crazy!  Gotta love him 🙂


  • If you have kids, what indoor activities do you like to do with them?  
  • Do you stay inside when it’s too hot outdoors?


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  1. When Kenzer was little we definitely stayed inside when it was too hot. She LOVED to paint. And we played with play-do alot too.

  2. Welllll we don’t have a little one yet 😉 but we do tend to stay inside more, especially right now when we’re on a 100 degree streak in Texas! Nightly walks don’t happen until closer to dark and not much patio time

  3. Is it bad that even as a 25 year old I still love to color?? 😉

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Haha! No, I am the one usually coloring his pages when we are out to eat 🙂

  4. These are great! My kids are 4.5 but I could still use quite a few of these, nice job!

  5. You’re such a great mama! Love these ideas!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thanks Ashley! Before you know it you’ll be thinking up fun activities for your little man too 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for these ideas! I have 2 boys under 2 so I’m always looking for things to do! The only thing I tend to do with my older son carter, is to make home made instruments and do a little arching band as his baby brother dances away to the noise.. I mean music 🙂

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Homemade instruments is a great idea! We have the Melissa and Doug ones and my brother bought my son a drum set when he turned one but he’s already over those. Homemade ones would be much better plus, he loves music!

  7. I don’t have kids i’m trying to keep busy but I love these ideas! It sounds like great ways to stay busy and have fun without plopping yourselves in front of the tv.

  8. This is amazing! You’re so creative Giselle. 🙂

  9. Nice job coming up with creative ways to keep him busy! Love that you have lots of educational things too (the teacher part of you never leaves 🙂 )

  10. I LOVE these ideas! I have been so behind on commenting on blogs, but I have been reading 🙂 This summer has brought a ton of rain to where I live, and being a nanny has driven me nuts just staying inside! Seriously, how many hours can you play train? Anyway, these were great ideas for me to use!!