Summer time is the time for outdoor play and having fun in the sun. If you have little kids to keep preoccupied, one of the best ways to keep them engaged and entertained is with water fun. Play is a great way to foster the development of your child’s intellectual, physical, emotional and social skills.

For many children, water is a special opportunity for play. There are different ways  that kids can interact with water that can promote growth physically, mentally, and creatively. A child with a creative flair can find every opportunity to use water as a way to interact with the world around them and discover and create something amazing. When they’re having fun, they’re happy.

So how do you create water play for your children? Your kid will love the opportunity to play and explore with water. There are plenty of water-based activities that you can make for your child to enjoy. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Kids swimming.



This is perhaps the most obvious form of water play. Kids have different levels of ability when it comes to swimming so parents should ensure that their children have any needed safety devices. Swimming is a fantastic form of both play and exercise. 


Water Toys


If they are available to you, kids love to play with squirt guns, sprinklers, slides, and so much more. There are so many ways that kids can play and interact with water that doesn’t involve submersion. This is a great way to learn about how water can move and feel. 


Kids exploring in water.


Nature Exploration

Natural bodies of water such as ponds or streams are ideal places for kids to play and learn about nature. Children have their own interests and most kids can find wonder in the fish, bugs, rocks, and plants that are found in and around bodies of water. 


Baby playing with water balloons.

Water Games

There are many different games that can be played with water outdoors. Dodgeball with water balloons is sure to get everyone moving and laughing. Play limbo with a garden hose. Take your game of tag up a level by using squirt guns. There are so many fun ideas that you can bring to life and make great summer memories. 

With water, kids are given the opportunity to play and to learn. Make the most out of the warmer days of the year and find ways that your child can get wet and have fun!