Too Hot to Go Outside? We've Got You Covered

Published Friday, July 12, 2019

The summer heat is officially here! On days when it is too hot to venture outside, it can sometimes be difficult to think of interesting indoor activities. Don’t worry – the library has you covered! From activity books to educational kits, we offer lots of resources to make your family's day inside full of fun. Keep in mind that those hots days can be an ideal time to read minutes/books towards the Summer Reading Program!

Activities and Crafts

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The Youth Library has a great selection of craft and activity books, but to make it easier for you, I picked out five that can be appreciated especially on a too hot day. These books focus on a variety of indoor games, easy crafts to make from household items, and activities that encourage music and movement.

Boredom Busters: Over 50 Awesome Activities for Children Aged 7 Years+ by Caroline Fernandez

I Can Make That!: Fantastic Crafts for Kids! by Mary Wallace

Kids Make Music!: Clapping and Tapping from Bach to Rock by Avery Hart

The Preschooler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner

The Ultimate Indoor Games Book: The 200 Best Boredom Busters Ever! by Veronika Alice Gunter

Board Games

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Did you know we offer board games? Board games must be checked out with an Adult Edwardsville Library card and can be checked out for a maximum of three weeks. Below are a list of our family-friendly board games, all for ages 8+. (Exception: Square Up! is for ages 6+)





Square Up!

Yahtzee: Back to the Future

Dance and Yoga DVDs

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Staying indoors doesn't mean you can't move around and get exercise! We have YogaKids DVDs designed for ages 3-6, fitness DVDs for teens, and some other dance/movement DVDs. The following titles are just a few of what is offered in our non-fiction DVD section.

Fit Girl: Dance Moves

KidYogi: Recharge the Power Within You!

Pizza Party: Yoga Class for Kids

Rockin Rhythm Hip-Hop Kids Dance Xercise


Educational Kits

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Preschool and science kits are great learning tools to keep children's minds active during summer break. Any IHLS cardholder can check out the kits (exception: BB8 Droid is EPL cardholders only). The preschool kits can be checked out for three weeks with two renewals. The science kits are for ages 6+ and can be checked out for one week with no renewals. I have listed some of the more popular kits, but there are many more so stop by the library to browse all the possibilities!

I Am an Entomologist (Preschool)

I Am a Paleontologist (Preschool)

Snap Circuits Sound (Science)

Star Wars R2-D2 Droid Robot (Science)

About the Author

Tirzah is the Youth Services Assistant and a Circulation Clerk. She enjoys helping to plan and assist with our fun youth events and is always happy to help patrons find their next great read.