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Water play activities for kids this summer

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Summer is well and truly here.

So too are the school summer holidays.

The kids have bags of energy… which means that you need to be on the ball with great ideas to keep them entertained.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t about you being Chief Entertainment Officer for the duration of the summer break.

But if you’re clever, you can set them up to keep themselves amused hour after hour.

Which means you get to keep your sanity this summer… and maybe even get to sit down and enjoy the glorious summer weather.

One brilliant way to keep kids entertained in the hot sticky days of summer is to set them loose with water games and crafts.

Not only do they stay occupied and having fun, they will also keep cool too.

Brilliant water play activities for kids

Giant water bubbles

How to make giant bubbles water play activities for kids

Painting with water balloons

Painting with water balloons … Reading Confetti

Summer fun hose play

Summer Fun Hose Play … Creative Playhouse

Poolside nursery rhymes

Poolside Nursery Rhymes … Danya Banya

Duck Duck Splash

A watery twist on the classic Duck Duck Goose by Inspiration Made Simple, watch the video above and then pop over to the site using the link to find out the rules – Duck Duck Splash

Magic paint

Magic Paint … Coffee With Us 3

Fill the bucket water game

Fill the bucket water game, water activities for kids

A brilliantly simple but super fun game from The Resourceful Mama – pay a visit to her site to find out what you’ll need to play the game – Fill the bucket water game.

Ice eggs

Ice Eggs … Controlling Craziness

Colour water play

Coloured water play … There’s Just One Mommy

Feet only water bucket challenge

I found this on the Youth Downloads site.

Sponge koosh balls

Sponge Koosh Balls … Boy Mama Teacher Mama

Coloured ice eggs

Coloured Ice Eggs … Sunny Today Mama

Kids’ pool games

Fun Games for a Paddling Pool … Five Little Chefs

Soap boat races

Water activities for kids Soap Boat Races - I Heart Naptime

Keep the water fun clean with these soap boats – click the link to visit I Heart Naptime to find out how to set this brilliant water game up.

I hope you and your kids love at least one of the water play activities in the roundup above.

Want more ideas for keeping the kids occupied and having fun this summer? Take a look at our post on Summer Vacation Projects for Kids.

We’ve also got a post on how to keep kids reading through the long summer break.

If you do nothing else because you want to give your children a complete break from school, do keep them reading, as well as helping them discover a life long joy for reading, it’s an amazing way to keep their brains ticking over so that back to school isn’t quite such a shock to their systems – How to Keep Kids Reading Through the Summer.

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Water play fun for kids

Ali Gilbert

Thursday 11th of June 2015

Cute ideas! I especially want to try the Koosh sponge balls! Thanks for linking up on #ToddlerFunFriday

Verily Victoria Vocalises

Saturday 6th of June 2015

What fantastic ideas - all of them! I particularly like the bubble snake! Fab! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

Ashley Beolens

Saturday 6th of June 2015

What a great set of ideas, now I have loads of ideas for when it finally warms up a little more.

[email protected] Anxious Toddlers

Friday 5th of June 2015

This are some great ideas! pinning on my toddler summer time board!

Mummy Fever

Friday 5th of June 2015

We love water play - there are some great ideas here :) #PoCoLo