Cool off with wet backyard fun! If you live in sticker land, you may want to add some water shoes to these activities, but keep it at home with these activities. Since water doesn’t always come cheap, and drought may stop some outdoor water activities, choose what saves water for your family.
Cooling off with just a little bit of money and creativity, charges up your family to screen-free time and exercise–a total win for everyone’s health!
Just add water and let the fun begin.
Wash the dog
Give a kid a hose, dog, sponge and soap and it spells fun! Plus, it teaches kids responsibility. Taking care of Fido is just as important as taking care of his or her own body.
Get a plastic kiddie pool
Backyard fun starts with a kiddie pool sometimes. Depending on your grass, or lack thereof, you can pick up a cheap kiddie pool for a few bucks at Walmart or the dollar store. Blow it up, add water and toys for a nice splash.
Water Balloon Games
Fill several balloons with water and play baseball, a tossing game. Make some pool noodle hoops to toss through for a great competition. What about hanging several water balloons from a backyard tree and making several water balloon pinatas?
Sponge ball toss
Make several sponge balls, or simply use cheap sponges. Dip them in water and toss them into buckets, seeing who can get the most points.
Squirt gun races
Add cups to your clothesline and let the kids compete to see who gets their cups the fastest down the line. All you need is plastic cups, a clothesline and a water gun.
Wash the car
My kids love it when I give them permission to do this. Given a hose, sponge and bucket of soapy water, you would be amazed at how clean your care will look afterwards.
Plastic bottle hose sprayer
Cheap backyard fun equals punching holes in a plastic bottle, and duct taping it to the garden hose. Turn it on in the backyard and let the kids run through their homemade sprinkler.
Fill a bucket or bin you can fit into the freezer, with water. Add sturdy plastic toys, then freeze. Pull out and set out doors and give your son a hammer or mallet, breaking apart the ice to dig out his toys.
Make your own chalk in ice cube trays with cornstarch, water and food coloring. Freeze and then pass out for chalking on the driveway or porch.
Fill the kiddie pool with soapy suds and plenty of toys to make them with. Add hoola hoops, large wands, bug nets and other toys.