School is officially back in session for many, and is creeping up quickly for the rest. Keeping the kids entertained over the summer break can be a daunting and endless job, especially when you’ve run out of ideas. Wondering what to do with these last few days of summer vacation fun? Try hosting a backyard water party with fun Water Activities for Kids and games. Here are some of our favourite ideas.
10 Backyard Water Activities for Kids
1. Create Your Own Slip n’ Slide. No backyard water park would be complete without a slip n’ slide. If the store bought ones are anything like the ones I had as a kid, don’t waste your money on them. They’re less than durable and definitely don’t give you near a long enough runway. You’re much better off creating one at home. We found this great tutorial at Inner Child Fun.
2. Water Balloon Dodgeball. The kids probably need to brush up on their dodgeball skills before school starts back and this is the perfect game to incorporate some water fun. Buy some of the thin water balloons, have the older children help to create an artillery, choose teams, and voila! Not sure of the rules? Check them out here.
3. Sprinklers. Whether simply borrowing the one from your garden, or investing in a kid-approved toy sprinkler, you can’t go wrong with this old stand-by. These are fun for water-loving kids of all ages, but are especially nice for the younger ones.
4. Dry, Dry, Wet (or Duck Duck Goose). I found this idea on The Stir and thought is was super cute! You basically follow the normal rules of Duck, Duck, Goose but whoever is “it” walks around the circle with a freshly soaked sponge. Each person in the circle is tapped with a dry hand until the “goose” is chosen to whom the sponge is squeezed over his/her head.
5. Water Limbo. This one is great for a last minute idea because all you need is a hose that can shoot a straight stream. The water replaces the limbo stick. The lower you go, the harder it is to stay dry.
6. Beach Ball Race. For this you need beach balls and water squirters. Have all of the players line up and place their beach ball in front of them. They must use only their water squirters to push the ball. Whoever gets theirs over the finish line first, wins.
7. Sponge Relay. This one works great if you have lots of kiddos. Divide them up into two teams and have each team lay on the ground on their backs with their feet up in the air. The first pair of feet is given a wet sponge which must then be passed to the next set of feet and continue all the way down the line. Whichever teams finishes first, wins.
8. Trike Car Wash. Be forewarned, this one will take some serious prep-time. But it’s too cute not to share! Plus, the kids will love it! Remember, the longer time of preparing, will likely mean a longer time of entertainment!
9. Waterfall Water Wall. If you’re children are slightly older, then this is a perfect combination of thinking and fun. Round up lots of bottles, tubing, duct tape, buckets, etc. and allow your little engineer to create a complex waterfall. Here’s how one family did it.
10. Make Water Sponges. Water sponges are a great new trend. They are more eco-friendly than water balloons, don’t sting when thrown at someone, and can be used if your child has a latex allergy. Even better, they are super easy to make! Check out the tutorial here.