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Summer Activities for Kids Using Water

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It’s summertime!!  This means the sun, the beach, the pool – everything water-related!  Get the feel of the beach or the pool in your own backyard with these fun summer activities for kids that include water.

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Lego Water Table

How much fun would this be on warm spring and summer days? Prep this Lego Water Table for your kids the day before and let them play all afternoon. The simplest of activities bring so much joy to kids lives this Lego Water Table is no different.

Duck, Duck, Splash!

Here’s a new summer water twist for you on a fun classic game.   This is an updated summer game version, with water involved! The next time you have a yard full of kids show them this fun, wet version of Duck Duck Goose, only it’s called it Duck Duck Splash.

DIY Splash Pad

When the weather begins to become even slightly warm each year, kids want to head outside and play in the water.  Build this DIY splash pad with PVC pipe and get the fun of a splash padin your own backyard!  It’s a snap to set up and stores really well.

Slip N Slide Hack

Anyway, when it is hot, water play is on the mind for most kids.  This idea is easy to execute and involves just two main items. It will cool the kids off and keep them entertained for hours. If you need simple summer water fun for kids, this is for you!

Summer Water Obstacle Course

If you have a summer party coming up, or if you’re just looking for a fun way to keep a group of kids cool this summer, and entertain them at the same time try setting up a water obstacle course.  You can use any water feature you want to in your water obstacle course, just make sure it’s safe and no one can get injured.

Water Transfer Activity with Sponges

Here’s a water sensory play, motor skills, and science with a fun activity that is super easy to put together with things you probably already have at home.  Plus there are some tips for additional key words and learning opportunities to help take the lesson further if you’d like.

Soda Bottle Sprinkler

What can you make with a 2-liter soda bottle and some tape? Why, the best soda bottle sprinkler around, that’s what!

Glow Stick Pool Party

You’ll haved the BEST time in the pool with $20 worth of glow sticks! Say hello or goodbye to summer with this fun summer glow party idea!

Colored Ice Cube Play

A fun colored ice cube play activity for babies and toddlers, great for summer outdoor play.  Chase the colored ices around a paper for a beautful painting!

Walking Water Experiments For Kids

Are you working on color mixing and secondary colors? Then this walking water experiment is one of the best water experiments for kids. The science experiment is easy to set up and allows time for children to hypothesis what will happen. What will happen as red, blue and yellow travel up through the paper towel into the empty cups? They make the secondary colors, purple, orange and green.

Bursting Bags Outdoor Science

Burping bags, yep kids love this easy science! Our bursting bags outdoors science activity is a MUST try and a classic. Experiment with a baking soda and vinegar reaction that’s a real blast. Kids love things that fix, pop, bang, explode, and erupt. These bursting bags do just that!

Tie Dye Shirts with Water Guns

Painting shirts with water guns to create a tie dye t-shirt is a blast. Learn How to Tie Dye Shirts with Water Guns through this easy step by step tutorial.

Soap Foam Sensory Bin

One of the best easy sensory bins to set up is a Soap Foam Sensory Bin.  This easy kitchen sensory bin takes just minutes to set up, and even better, it is a breeze to clean-up!  This is the perfect quick activity when you don’t just want to stick the kids in front of the TV.

DIY Edible Water Beads

Water beads are little micro beads that swell when placed in water. They’re excellent for sensory play!  Even better, these homemade ones are edible!  Can you believe these are made with Tapioca pearls??

Pool Noodle Boats

It’s that time of the year when you will find pool noodles and water toys in almost any store that you walk into. This is a perfect summer activity for the kids since they can make their own boats and then play with them in a water bin. These pirate pool noodle boats are such a fun way to make a DIY water toy that kids will love. All you need is a pool noodle and a few other supplies to make these adorable pirate ships.

Super Soaker Sponge Balls

It’s summer, and everyone is always looking for budget-friendly fun. These DIY Water Sponge Balls Kids love to make. These are a perfect summer water activity for kids. It’s easy to cool the kids off from the hot sun and get them having a blast with DIY sponge balls.

Whether you are having a playdate, use these for a summer party idea, or just fill a couple of buckets for some family fun. These Super Soaker Sponge Balls are the best!

DIY Water Wall for Summer STEM

Kick off your summer play in your backyard or at science camp with a homemade water wall! This DIY water wall is very easy to make with just a few simple materials. Exploring how a water wall works to move water is a great STEM project. Play with engineering, science, and a little math too!

Water Balloon Piñata

Get ready for some epic summer fun! Water balloon piñata is a fun summer water balloon game for kids of all ages—even adults! It’s perfect for summer picnics, family reunions, birthday parties, home, school, or camp.

Color Mixing Water Activity For Kids

Learn more about color theory and color mixing with this fun water activity for kids. The printable color mixing cards can be used as a worksheet or can be laminated if you would like to use it with water. The worksheet can act as a free printable color chart too.

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Frances July 6, 2020 - 8:08 am

Thanks for the fun summer ideas! I have tried the ice cube water experiment with my kids. They loved it! Going to try the glow stick pool party!

Kristine Nicole Alessandra July 6, 2020 - 11:25 pm

These activities are going to keep my grandson entertained. It has been almost 4 months and we are still on quarantine. As much as he loves playing with water, these activities will be so much fun to do after he is done with his online classroom learning for the day.

Nursing Decoded July 7, 2020 - 8:36 am

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Stacy Boswell July 9, 2020 - 8:22 am

Great ideas, I am always looking for outside activities for my toddler. These look fun-thank you!


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