10 Kid Approved Backyard Water Activities

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Nothing screams “time to get wet” like a hot summer day. If you're not one of the lucky ones with access to a pool, there are still plenty of ways to cool down in a swimsuit this summer — right in your own backyard.

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Kids love running around in sprinklers! It's a good activity for even the youngest of kids. These adorable sprinklers from Melissa & Doug are under $20 and spray water every which way. They are also good for small yards.

swimming pool
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You don't need a pool membership to go swimming. A not-so-deep, not-so-big Easy Set Intex pool, such as this one, sets up quickly and is big enough for parents to cool off in or to set up for a playdate. It even comes with a filter so you don't need to re-fill the pool with every use. This is a great choice for a pool that can grow with your family.

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Summer is the perfect time to take toys that make a mess outside. This Little Tikes Splish Splash Sink and Stove is a fun way for kids to get in some sensory play that is sure to get them wet. Through a cool design, the water in the sink never runs out and keeps circulating through the faucet for non-stop fun. 

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rainbow slide
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Little kids can't get enough of sliding. They just can't! Incorporate a slide into your backyard water play with a kiddie pool that has a built-in water slide like this Intex Inflatable Rainbow Water Center.


water tables
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With an activity table like this one, your little ones can have the best of both worlds — digging in the sand and splashing in the water!

water gun
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Did someone say water fight? Kids love getting soaked, and a Super Soaker fight never disappoints! There is a huge range from mini, to glow-in-the-dark, to pink-accented Super Soakers and even one that attaches directly to the hose so you never run out of water.

water balloons
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Another fun option for a water fight is water balloons! If your kids are old enough, let them help fill them up.

Find more great ideas of how to play with water balloons here

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spray bottles
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Spray bottles are another great option for outdoor water fun. Grab some at the dollar store for a very inexpensive option that will provide hours of fun.

laundry line
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Put the kids to work with this fun laundry day activity. Set up a basin full of water along with some washcloths or rags and let the kids splash to their hearts' content while “washing” the dirty laundry. For a bit of extra fun, hang up a rope along the fence or between some trees and have the kids hang up their laundry to dry.


car wash
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Even toys need to be cleaned! Set up a big bowl of water and have your child give her doll a bath or wash his cars in the backyard car wash. Use the hose for some extra wet fun to make a doll shower or drive-thru car wash.

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10 Kid Approved Backyard Water Activities

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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