It's summer, and it's hot. The only way to truly beat the heat is to stay cool by either staying indoors or playing in the water. And what would a child rather do? Play in the water! There are so many water play activities that can help your child learn this summer – so why not throw a couple together and let them explore their creativity while staying cool?
We've compiled a list of 10 awesome water play activities for kids that we think you (and your kids) will love! Some are easy, and some are a bit more complicated – choose the water play ideas that are best for you and your child's age and stage. Keep your kids entertained while staying cool this summer!
10+ Water Play Activities for Kids
Chase away the heat (literally!) with these Homemade Sponge Water Bombs.
Summer heat will be beaten with this fun and time filling activity of Ice-Cavating – A Giant Ice Cube Dig.
Go back to simple children's games with this list of 3 Ways to Make a Toy Boat.
Check out this list of Water Play Experiments from Nurture Store for several ways your kids can use water for learning.
Have your kids create their own waterway with this idea to Create Your Own River from Pickle Bums.
A Water Wall is a fun way to use up throw-aways and create something to learn with as well as play. Check out the instructions on Let the Children Play.
I would have loved to play Water Balloon Basketball with this idea from Learn, Play, Imagine.
If you have a baby that you are looking for something fun to let them do for, check out this idea for Gelatin and Water Sensory Play from Simple Fun for Kids.
Create your own Water Obstacle Course with inspiration from Meaningful Mama.
Play this fun game of Water Balloon Volleyball with the idea from Perfect Party Games. It's sure to cool everyone off!
Toddler Fishing from I Can Teach My Child is a fun game to play for those that are very little. Make sure you keep an eye on them, though as this involves a pool.
I love a good free activity and this one from Share and Remember is just that! Check out this fun idea for Water Painting next time you need a frugal activity.
Some of these ideas are quick and easy. A few are a little more involved. Choose an activity based on your schedule, the items you have on hand, and your kids play level. All of the above water activities have the ability to keep your children entertained for hours while keeping them cool this summer!