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Six Summertime Water Activities – No Pool Required!

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Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to soak up the sun. When the temperature gets a little too hot, cool down with some of these fun water activities.

  1. Make a toy car wash. Break out a bucket of soapy water and the hose. Your little ones will love dunking their waterproof toys into a bucket of bubbles and then spraying them clean. They may have more fun playing with the hose, so make sure you’re wearing swim clothes. If you prefer not to use a hose, fill a separate bucket with clean water for rinsing the toys;2
  2. Water the garden. Children love to help, so why not enlist them to help water your flowers? Fill a child-size watering can and show your children how to water plants; 3
  3. Build a homemade water wall. Check out this DIY water wall from Happy Hooligans. You can make one from recyclable items found around the house;4
  4. Play with bubbles. Bubbles are just plain fun for children and adults. You can buy them or make your own using the recipe found in this article. Kick bubble-play up a notch with some experiments. Get your children’s hands wet and blow bubbles onto their palms. They’ll squeal with delight when the bubbles don’t pop;5
  5. Draw with watercolor sidewalk chalk. Drawing with sidewalk chalk is fun, but it’s even more fun with water. Let your children draw with chalk, then give them a bucket of water and a large paintbrush and have them paint over their drawings. They can also dip the chalk into the water first and then draw with the wet chalk. Ask them about the differences between drawing with wet and dry chalk;6
  6. Make mud pies. Let the children get their hands dirty by making mud pies. This simple activity is always a big hit. (“You mean I get to be wet and filthy?”) Create a make-believe outdoor kitchen where children can “bake” muddy delights.7

What are some of your favorite summertime water activities?