11 Water Games and Summer Activities for Kids

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11 Water Games and Summer Activities for Kids

Make a splash with these summer-perfect water games and activities.



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Jump Water


Jump water

Run a strong stream from a garden hose back and forth like a snake under your child’s feet, allowing him to jump over it. With more kids, turn it into a competition: Whoever’s feet don’t get drenched wins!



Summer Water Activities Liquid Limbo

Liquid Limbo


Liquid limbo

Use the stream from a water hose as the stick for a high-stakes game of limbo.



Summer Water Activities Backyard Bath

Backyard Bath


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.



Summer Water Activities Ball Blast

Ball Blast


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.



Summer Water Activities Water-Gun Tag

Water-Gun Tag


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!



Summer Water Activities Freeze




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 her melt it in her hands until the prize emerges.


Summer Water Activities Sponge-Worthy




Give each of your kids two buckets—one filled with water and one empty—and a sponge. Instruct them to transfer the water from one bucket to the other using only the sponge. Whoever does it the fastest gets first choice of ice-pops. Solo kids can also play by racing against the clock.



Summer Water Activities Pool Ping-Pong

Pool Ping-Pong


Pool ping-pong

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.



Summer Water Activities Spray of Light

Spray of Light


Spray of light

Little tykes can help you garden by watering plants with a spray bottle; give bigger guys the whole hose (and expect them to get wet!). If it’s a sunny day, show them how they can spot a rainbow in the mist.


Summer Water Activities Drink Up

Drink Up


Drink up

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.