Water, water everywhere so let’s all have some fun! Looking for fun ways to beat the heat and entertain your kids during the long summer days? Look no further than your backyard hose. Cool, wet, and splashy-splashy – water is the perfect “toy” on a hot, hot day!
So what fun things can you do with water? Well, you can:
Run Through It
This is classic summer fun. Get your kids in their bathing suits, turn on the sprinkler, and watch them shriek with glee! There are plenty of special toy sprinkler attachments that you can buy (e.g. sea creatures that spout water), but the sprinkler that you use to water your lawn will work just fine too!
Wash Stuff in It
Fill a large basin with soapy water and bring out some sponges and wash cloths. It may not seem like fun to you, but kids love imitating adults and they’ll enjoy washing plastic dishes, doll’s clothes, or any toys that are allowed to get wet!
Paint with It
Set your kids up with buckets of water and an array of differently sized paint brushes. They can “paint” the fence, the deck, or any large outdoor toys that you have.
Fill several ice cube trays with water. Add a drop of food coloring to each section in the tray. Use a few different colors. When the ice cubes have frozen, pop them out of the trays and bring them outside. Your kids will love cooling off by building with their frozen blocks and they’ll also love watching their creations melt in the hot sun!
Play “Sink or Float” in It
Fill a basin with water and collect a bunch of everyday items. Choose some items that will sink (coins, silverware, keys, etc.) and some items that will float (corks, plastic lids, foam shapes, etc.). Group all the items together and let your child discover which ones sink and which ones float.
Catch Fish in It
If your kids have outgrown their baby pool, don’t give it away just yet! A baby pool also makes a great pond. You can buy an inexpensive toy fishing set, or make your own. Just cut fish shapes out of foam and stick a metal paperclip through each one. Then, tie a U-shaped magnet to one end of a piece of string and tie a pencil to the other to make an instant fishing rod.
Make Mud with It
The mess might make you cringe, but most kids love getting dirty. Add some dirt or sand to a basin of water and let your kids go crazy. Provide shovels, scoops, and plastic containers for making mud pies. And when the kids are done, use that backyard hose to clean them off!