So here we are, the middle of summer. The kids have been out of school for weeks now, free of homework and looking for fun. But keeping cool in the middle of the day can be tough if you can’t get to the pool or the beach, and waterparks can be pricey and overcrowded. And keep in mind that while on vacation from school, they might need some creative inspiration as well. Take a look at these five imaginative Do-It-Yourself water activities that make it easy for you and the kids to beat the heat and have a blast, right in the backyard.
The Kiddie Car Wash is a simple project you and your kids can assemble together, but keep in mind that with the PVC pipe, it’s mostly a parent job. This trip to the car wash will keep them busy and cool while requiring you all to get creative! Customize your car wash with sponges, ribbons and other materials to recreate a classic car wash experience for your child’s bike or scooter.
The cost of making one of these DIY Slip N’ Slides is far less than family passes for any water park — and there are no lines! There are plenty of ways to build and customize your Slip N’ Slide, but make sure that you keep safety your number one priority. No obstacles like rocks or sticks should poke from the bottom!
All you need is a sturdy plastic bottle and some tape to create one of these sprinklers. They’re a quick and easy way to make playtime with a hose a lot more interesting, while keeping the kids cool in the sun.
Ice Block Treasure Hunts are catching on this summer. All it takes is freezing toys or even fruit inside of a block of ice and letting the little ones dig away (with a safe and blunt tool, like a plastic hammer) until they discover the treasures inside. This also can lead to making your own ice pops as a tasty treat: How To Make Fresh Fruit Popsicles.
This activity can get a little messy — consider laying out a tarp or lots of paper towels if you plan on painting inside. If you want to make ice cube painting a little more interesting, use fruit drink powder instead of food coloring to make edible paint!
Not only are these water activities an excellent way to keeps kids (and yourself) feeling cool in the summer sun, they encourage kids to get imaginative by creating something. Instead of sitting inside all afternoon watching TV or playing video games, they can get crafty and enjoy their masterpiece afterward, making summertime memories along the way. Give these activities a shot and feel free to share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter!