Kid-friendly water activities are a summer staple at my house. Kids love water, so they’re a great way to keep your little ones entertained and out of trouble while school is out. Next time your kids start bickering or saying they are super bored, roll out one of these kid-friendly water activities and the fun won’t ever stop. Go ahead and try them all – you’ll have just as much fun as the kids.
One of the best kid-friendly water activities is boating. I’ve taken my kids out in a boat plenty of times and they always have mega fun. Make sure they wear life jackets just in case things get a little crazy and someone goes overboard. You can make your way around the lake while you eat snacks, tell funny stories and make memories no one will forget.
2. River Wading
There’s nothing my kids love more than wading in the river. Luckily, we only have to walk to the end of our block to find one. The water is only a couple of inches deep so they can go right in and find rocks or other treasures. I made them collectors by pulling tulle in a quilting hoop so they can slide it under the water and see what they can find. Just be sure to have your kids wear shoes so they don’t get hurt if they step on something sharp.
3. Water Balloons
If you’ve never had a family water balloon fight, you are seriously missing out. No doubt your kids have tossed water balloons at a party, but when you only have a couple of family members, you each get so many more balloons. Fill up a few hundred and let them fly all afternoon. You’ll all have a great time!
4. Sprinkler Snake
When I was a kid, running through the sprinkler was such a treat. This is a variation that is sure to produce lots of giggles and hilarious laughter. Set the sprinkler up on the lawn and as your kids run through, pull and twist it from across the yard. They won’t know where it’ll end up next and that’s part of the fun.
5. Backyard Bath
I would only recommend this idea for very young kids and only if your backyard is totally fenced. Older kids won’t like the embarrassment, I can assure you of that, but babies and toddlers will love it. Fill the kiddie pool with warm water, bubble bath and toys and clean your little one up out in the open.
6. Frozen Treasure
This is a fun and entertaining activity that will keep kids busy for quite a while. First, fill a small plastic tub with water, then toss in a bunch of small toys, coins and other goodies. Freeze the entire thing. Give your child some dull utensils that they can use to chip away at the ice and reveal the treasures hidden within.
7. Water Piñata
Kids love opening a piñata and getting all the candy, so this is sure to be fun for them too. Fill a large, durable plastic bag with water and tie it shut tightly. Secure it to a tree limb. Let your kids whack it with a stick until it breaks open and showers them all with water. What a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!
What are your kids’ favorite water activities? Which one will you try first? Please share your other fun ideas.