Summer means sunshine and lots of time outside.
If you are looking for wasy to keep the kids cool this summer, these outdoor water play ideas are perfect.
Break up the monotony of squirt guns and water balloons with a few of these fun ideas when it comes to backyard summer activities.
Summer is the time for making memories. These fun ways to play with water are perfect for super hot days.
Your kids will also enjoy these backyard day camp ideas.
Water Play Ideas
Sponge Water Balls — Use cheap kitchen sponges to create your very own water balls and let the kids toss them like water balloons. They can be used over and over again, without the mess of balloon pieces left behind.
Water Obstacle Course — Kids of all ages love obstacle courses. Use pool noodles, water balloons and other items you have on hand to create a fun obstacle course where the kids get wet.
Water Blob — Toddlers and preschoolers will have hours of fun with this squishy sensory activity that allows them to explore without getting quite as wet.
Water Math and Science Activities — Worried about the summer slide? The kids will have so much fun with these activities they won’t even know they’re learning.
DIY Sprinklers — Sprinklers are always fun. Make it twice as fun by creating your very own water sprinkler with one of these simple ideas.
Water Wheel — This would be a fun STEM activity for summer. Kids will learn how water wheels work and engineer their own with materials you probably have at home.
Water Balloon Art — Kids will have fun drawing with markers and then using water balloons to see the colors swirl and mix together.
Pom-Pom Water Squeeze — This simple boredom buster will help little ones strengthen hand muscles while having fun.
Water Balloon Activities — Sure, water balloon fights are fun. But sometimes you want something a little different. Try some of these fun race and game ideas on a hot summer day.
Outdoor Dishwashing Station — Little ones love to pretend. Give them a chance to be just like Mom with this simple idea.
Foil River — Build a river in the backyard and let your child use it to play with their toy boats.
Rain Gutter River — For a longer lasting river, try using rain gutters. You can even set them up so kids can stand while they play.
Water Wall — Use recyclables to build a water wall that will keep toddlers and preschoolers entertained for days. Older kids can even help build it.
Rainbow Bubble Snakes — Discover how to blow a long line of rainbow-colored bubbles that are so fun to play with.
Sponge Water Play — Young kids will have fun soaking water up in the sponges and squeezing it out. Then, discover what toys can float with the help of a sponge.
Rainbow Bubbles — This colorful, foamy sensory activity is fun for all ages. Kids will love seeing the colors swirl together as they play.
Colored Water Play — Young kids will have fun seeing what colors they get when then mix the different colors of water. Then, let them use the colorful water to play with a few favorite toys.
Soapy Shape Sort — This is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. They’ll have fun digging through the foamy water to find and sort different shapes.
Legos and Water — What happens when you mix those colorful bricks with water? Hours of fun.
Water Balloon Bath — Take the bath time fun up a notch with this simple idea. You could also try it outside in a kiddie pool.
DIY Water Slide — Kids of all ages will love this slippery and fun homemade water slide idea.
Whatever you do, have fun and stay cool with the kids these next few weeks with a few of these simple ways to play with water.
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