Beat the Heat: 5 Genius Water Activities That Will Keep Your Kids Cool and Happy!

Beat the Heat: 5 Genius Water Activities That Will Keep Your Kids Cool and Happy!

Posted by Cheryl D on 11th Jul 2023

Introduction: The scorching summer heat can make it challenging for kids to stay cool and enjoy being away from the air conditioner and outdoors in the heat. Luckily, there are some classic water activities that can turn your backyard into a refreshing oasis and keep your little ones happy throughout the summer season. Let's explore five exciting games that are not only fun but also help keep everyone cool. Get ready to make a splash and create unforgettable memories with your kids!

Water Balloon Piñata

Who doesn't love a good ol' piñata? Add a twist to the traditional game by filling water balloons instead of candies. Hang them up, blindfold your kids, and let them take turns trying to burst the balloons with a bat. Try different balloon sizes to see how much water you can drench each other with or even clustering several balloons together for a chaotic wave of water. It's a fantastic way to keep cool while enjoying some friendly competition and laughter.

DIY Water Slide

Create a thrilling water slide right in your backyard using a plastic tarp, a garden hose, and some mild soap. Lay the tarp on a slope, add a few drops of soap, and spray water on it to make it slippery. Watch as your kids slide down with glee, splashing into a pool or kiddie pool at the end. If you plan ahead, try using vegetable glycerin instead of soap; you can get a gallon of it for cheap and a little goes a long way. It'll provide a super slippery surface without any tears from splashing into their eyes, and it's water soluble so no fear of any long-lasting oiliness other methods might leave behind. 

Sponge Relay

Turn a simple relay race into a wet and wild adventure with a sponge relay. Divide the kids into teams and give each team a bucket filled with water. Place another empty bucket for each team a distance away. The first player from each team soaks a sponge in the water, races to the empty bucket, squeezes out the water, and runs back to tag the next player. The team that gets the most water in their second bucket before the first team empties their bucket, wins!

Water Balloon Toss

Stay cool and have a blast with a classic water balloon toss! Gather your kids and a bucket of water balloons. Pair them up and have them stand facing each other, a short distance apart. Each pair starts with a single water balloon. They toss the balloon back and forth, taking a step back after each successful catch. The team that can toss the balloon the farthest distance without it bursting wins! Prepare for giggles and squeals as the water balloons explode, providing refreshing relief from the heat.

Water Balloon Baseball

Combine two summer favorites, water balloons, and baseball, for a thrilling and wet game of water balloon baseball. Set up a "pitcher" armed with water balloons and a "batter" with a plastic bat. The pitcher throws water balloons, and the batter tries to hit them as hard as possible. The splashes and bursts of water will bring joy to everyone involved.

From water balloon piñatas to DIY water slides, there's no shortage of fun and refreshing ways to enjoy the outdoors. Embrace the laughter, create lasting memories, and make the most of the summer season with these exciting water activities. Get ready for an unforgettable summer full of splashes and smiles!

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