The sun is hot, the kids are sweaty. Learn how to get the kids moving inside when it's too hot to play outside in the summer!
I don’t know about where you’re at, but right now, it’s starting to really get hot out – just super humid and muggy. That means more time indoors.
And that also means we need to get moving indoors since the boys have a lot of energy to burn that they’re not able to get rid of with running around and around the yard.
When it’s too hot to run around outside, I do a gross motor activity inside. This type of activity gets my kids moving and can wear them out.
Get the Kids Moving Inside When It’s Too Hot Outside
Huge caveat though: these activities are definitely active. There’s running, jumping, skipping, and hopping involved.
If you have a rule of no running inside, maybe make the exception for activities like this. It doesn’t bother me, so a gross motor activity inside is no big deal for me.
It’s such a sanity saver!
Try 15 Easy Ways to Get the Kids Moving Inside
- This is a great last-minute activity when the kids are just getting rambunctious. Tear the cushions off the couch and gather all the pillows and line them up to walk on! Bonus: Make a fort too!
- Go on indoor scavenger hunts! Make a “spy game” scavenger hunt with tape that they have to go over and under to get through and find objects along the way.
- Another fun scavenger hunt to do inside with a little learning. Hide letters and numbers throughout the house to find and have them match them up!
- Set up lines of tape on the floor (you could take this outside too with sidewalk chalk!) and see how far they can jump! Be careful of slippery floors!
- Tape a spider web in a doorway and throw wads of newspapers at it for a fun and silly game!
- Skip the spider web and just throw newspapers into a basket of some sort!
- Simply tape lines around the house to act as a road. Let the kids zoom around on ride-on toys, or push a dump truck or car through the track. Add road signs such as a stop sign or one-way streets to make it really interesting for preschoolers too.
- More lines of tape, this time to walk along (balance!) or blow pom poms along. They’ll think it’s hilarious.
- A learning gross motor activity: get out the ABC mat and pick alphabet blocks to find. Do some charades too! Melissa & Doug Alphabet Blocks (affiliate link) have animals on it too!
- Set up a simple activity course in the house. Have activity stations to do when they reach them, such as jump 3 times, or hit the balloons, or whatever you come up with!
- Balloons are great for a gross motor activity! Make a game of balloon badminton!
- If you have lots of packaging, use the bubble wrap as a road to drive on! Kids always love to hear the pop, pop, pop!
- Move and learn shapes inside with an active gross motor ball game!
- Try 6 different ways to play with a pillowcase – yup, that’s it!
If it’s not too hot where you are, or it’s really a nice day, I’ve got plenty of ideas for a fun gross motor activity to do inside or out. Try my favorite 40 activities to get your kids moving!