10 Water Games and Summer Activities for Kids

by Bethany Braun-Silva

10 Water Games and Summer Activities for Kids
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With summer comes plenty of opportunity for some water fun. Playing with water is a great way to keep your kids entertained for hours, right in your own backyard. All you need is a little DIY savvy to create some epic water activities for kids, or if you prefer, you can opt for a Slip ‘N Slide or fun water sprinkler, that requires minimal setup.


Rather than packing everyone up for a day at the beach, pool or local water park, these ideas are simple, fun and won’t break the bank. After being stuck inside this past school year kids will be eager to get out and play — just make sure they are lathered in sunscreen.


The games and activities on this list are fun, interactive and even educational. Make a splash with these 10 summer-perfect water activities for kids, below.


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Slip 'N Slide


Nothing beats the simplicity and epic fun of a Slip 'N Slide. All you need is water, a tarp, maybe some soap, and you're set. We also love this Bestseller from Amazon that's large and durable.

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Water Balloon Toss


There are so many ways of having fun with water balloons. Try a water balloon toss where the last team to pop their water balloon wins. The Zuru Bunch O Balloons make it easy to fill up several water balloons at a time.

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Liquid Limbo


Use the stream from a water hose as the stick for a high-stakes game of limbo. Add some music to make it extra fun.

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Water-Gun Tag


This clever twist on a classic is pretty self-explanatory: Have everyone don bathing suits and play tag. Whoever is “It” gets the water gun and tries to tag the other players with a cold squirt!

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Place plastic bugs, toy cars or other small treasures in your cube tray, add water and freeze. Then hand a piece of ice to your child (age 3 and up) and have them melt it in their hands until the prize emerges.

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Ping-Pong Pool


Float an inner tube in the center of the pool, then toss a bunch of ping-pong balls in the water. Kids who know how to swim unassisted can jump in, retrieve the balls, and try to toss them in the tube.

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Water Taste Test


Encourage your child to try water flavored with different ingredients. Include slices of cucumber, lemon, lime, orange and various berries (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry)—and see which one she likes best. These fruit infuser sippy cups are perfect for this game.

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Backyard Bath


Take advantage of a warm summer evening by bathing your baby (and older siblings if they’re game!) outdoors. Fill a kiddie pool with water, bath toys, and bubbles and turn a chore into a delight.

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Ball Blast


Use ropes to create a circle or square on your lawn. Place balls of varying sizes and weights inside. Give your child a hose and challenge her to push the balls out with the water in less than a minute.

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Sink or Float


Teach your child a simple science experiment while having fun with water. Ask them to grab a few small items, fill a bin with water and ask them if they think each item will sink or float. This game is fun, simple and educational.