It’s been an unusually warm month around here, but I’m fine with that. No snow = No complaints. I live a few blocks away from the lake, but don’t always want to put in the effort to get there. When you’re stuck at home without a pool, it can be tempting to stay in your air conditioned home. It’s easier and there’s less complaints.
Kids may complain about being hot, but there’s very few kids that complain about playing with water, so why not indulge them and yourself with some water play activities??!!!
Water Play Activities
No Pool Required
I think that water play is the best, most inexpensive and fun way to get through those hot days. Water play gives the illusion of messy play without any of the mess. As long as the water is kept outdoors, it will eventually evaporate: never to be seen again.
Here are some ways for you and your kids to enjoy cooling off on those hot days with no mess, no sugar and you don’t even need to leave home! (unless you live in an apartment… perhaps you could use your balcony, rooftop or sidewalk)
From a gentle cooling mist to an extreme stream, the humble spray bottle gives your kids multiple ways to enjoy playing with water.
Forget about fancy expensive water guns. Spray bottles are a great option in a water fight and since you probably already own a couple (or you could easily pick them up at the dollar store for $1 each), they won’t break the bank or bust your budget.
Buckets and Bins
If you don’t have the funds or space for a small pool, search around your house for bins and buckets that are big enough for small people to sit in. Even if your kids are too big to fit into a Rubbermaid bin, your big kids can still enjoy splashing, scooping, throwing the water or putting their feet in a bucket of cold water.
Speaking of throwing water and water fights, don’t forget to use other items you already have around to help your water play activities reach their full potential.
You don’t have to look far for things you can use in a water fight. Here’s a quick list if you’re feeling stuck:
- cups (not glass)
- Ladles or other large scoops
- measuring cups
Sprinklers are another one of classic water play activities. Do you remember those joyful days running through sprinklers? Not only are the kids having fun and cooling off, the lawn gets watered at the same time! Bonus!
Do you have a favourite type of sprinkler? Growing up we had a few varieties (what can I say, my dad liked a well maintained lawn). I would have to say that my favourite one to run through was this one:
or this one was a classic as well:
If you have an ice maker, this is an easy choice. Without an ice maker this one is a little more work trying to make enough of these cold hard gems. All that hard work might be hard to give up to melt all over the yard. However, this is a great activity that keeps my kids entertained for a long time.
How do my kids play with the ice? They scoop it, serve it, add it to water, hide it, melt it in their hands.. the options are really endless. There’s such a novelty to play with ice. I’m sure your kids will love it as well. One thing to be aware of, especially with younger kids, is that the ice inevitably will end up in their mouths. Kids like sucking on ice cubes, so be aware of the possible choking hazard.
Another great way to play with ice is to bring out a big block. You could get creative and freeze some little toys (or one large toy) in the block or leave it plain. Watch as your kids get creative in ways to use the freezing block or as they make attempts to melt it.
Now it’s your turn! Do you do a lot of water play activities in the summer heat? What are some creative ways you have to keep cool?