If you find yourself stuck in a heat wave this Summer, it may be a good time to try some water play ideas to stay cool, and keep the kids entertained without the use of batteries or screens! Some tips to keep in mind — Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, wear sunscreen, stay in shaded areas, drink plenty of water, and be sure to offer kids lots of drinking water throughout the day as well.
Here are 10 of our favorite ways to play with water!!
1. Sponge Bombs
If you are on water restrictions, or are looking for a mess-free alternative to water balloons that can be used over and over again, try making your own sponge bombs! Here’s a short video tutorial explaining how to make them. Dunk them in water, and use for a bucket toss game for plenty water play fun!
All you need are some paper cups, and a water pistol or spray bottle!
3.Make your own slip and slide!
4. Break out the sprinklers!
My kids adore this one from Melissa and Doug, and it has withstood the test of time for the last two Summers.
5. Make a Rainbow
Sneak in a quick science lesson about the light refractive properties of water and make your own rainbow with the garden hose and fine mist spray nozzle.
For older kids, combine water beads and glow sticks for some additional science activities. On a hot day, I like to store the water beads in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours ahead of time.
7. Pretend Laundry Day
One of Emily’s favorite Summertime activities is pretending to do the laundry — a fun water play activity and life-skills lesson all in one!
8. Paint with Ice
If you have some paint-with-water books, try having the kids paint with ice instead!
Fill a round sled with water, add your favorite toy boats, and create pools, water slides, and parades in your own miniature world!
10. Potion Lab
A few plastic bottles, water, and a bit of food coloring is all you need for hours of mixing and pouring playing fun!
Have fun and stay cool!!
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