Summer is Here
With the weather warming up, we do a lot of outdoor cooking. Since our little one likes to hang out as we grill, we need to keep him active and away from the BBQ. Like most kids, he’s obsessed with anything having to do with water and cars, so this comes in handy. We keep a basket of items on that back patio for him to manipulate water with so he can conjure up all kinds of imaginings. Because we don’t want him to learn how to turn on the hose, we fill pitchers, buckets and the water table ahead of time. The nice thing about these 20 Kid’s Backyard Water Play Activities is that there’s no permanent markings and very little mess to clean.
In addition to lots and lots of water, these are some items you could use to experiment with when playing together. Most of these are found at our dollar store – you can’t go wrong there!
Kid’s Backyard Water Play Tool Ideas
- Paint brushes – varying sizes
- Measuring Cups
- Sand & Water Table w/ Cover or bowls, buckets, pitchers, cups to hold water
- Egg Crates
- Toy cars with different sized wheels
- Varied sponges
- Different sized balls
- Rocks, sticks, blades of grass, leaves, bottle caps, plastic eggs, etc.
- Paper (optional)
20 Kid’s Backyard Water Play Activities
- “Paint” with water only:
- Concrete Floors (we announce what we’re going to paint to each other – shapes, animals, etc.)
- House & Garage Door
- Fence (try to paint the entire fence)
- Each other’s feet, legs, hands and faces (talk about what that feels like)
2. Pour water into egg crates & plop pebbles, sticks, small rocks into water filled spots – which made the smallest/biggest splashes & why that might have happened
3. Talk about what animals live in water and why that may be
4. Talk about what animals can’t live in water and why that is
5. Dip different sized car wheels in water and roll across paper or floor
6. Pour into dump trucks & of course, dump it out
7. Pretend to wash toy cars or give toy animals/dolls a bath
8. Dip sponges in water and stamp floor, paper or fence
9. Squeeze water from sponge at different heights – which makes the biggest/smallest splash?
10. Stomp on water drenched sponge to see how big a splash is made
11. Capture water in plastic eggs & release it from different heights – which makes the biggest/smallest splash?
12. Rotate balls in water and roll them across paper or concrete floor (do this with plastic eggs too) & compare markings
13. Dip rocks, grass blades, leaves and sticks in water and stamp paper or concrete floor
14. Dip bottom and top of measuring cups and stamp ground / paper to compare their markings
15. Pour water into and out of different sized containers
16. See which containers hold the most/least amount of water
17. Share where water comes from and how it evaporates
18. Talk about how we use water (drink, water plants, clean plates, take baths, wash cars, etc.)
19. Hold hands in water until they wrinkle – see whose wrinkles the fastest & make guesses why this happened
20. Wet hands and feet and make footprints, hand prints, and fingerprints to compare
Simple Kid’s Drink
I’ve tried giving my son the fruit pouches and though he likes them, they can turn into a huge mess. The last time he enjoyed one was in his car seat. When I opened the door, I found the cutest smiling toddler smothered in a kale, green pea and carrot paste. He managed to rub it into his car seat belt too. Needless to say, those pouches have been swapped out for a simple 3/4 cup of water and a half squeezed tangerine. He loves that treat when playing outside. Check out these Mexican Frozen Hot Cocoa Popsicle and Ancho Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes as well.
What water activities keep your kids entertained while you’re grilling?