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20 Water Games for Kids

Summer is the perfect time to cool off by geting wet! Here are some REALLY fun water games for kids to have fun playing all summertime! From a water xylophone to a rocket, waterballoon games, and water science, these water activities for kids are sure to deligh! Try these outdoor water play ideas for kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders.

Summer is the perfect time to cool off by geting wet! Here are some REALLY fun water games for kids to have fun playing all summertime! From a water xylophone to a rocket, waterballoon games, and water science, these water activities for kids are sure to deligh! Try these outdoor water play ideas for kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. 

Water Games for Kids

School is out and it’s time to have some fun! And nothing says summer fun for kids like water games for kids! These fun activities with water are perfect for cooling off while trying some outrageously fun water activities for kids! From pool noodle water wall to painting with ice, water science to water balloon games, rockets, and educational activities – these summer activities for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students are perfect for fun in June, July, and August!

Before the kids start yelling “I’m bored” get inspired with some of these great water play activities. You can cool off while building a water wall, playing with bubbles, shooting off bottle rockets, or playing with water beads. There are lots of great ideas to choose from!

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Water Activities for Kids

Summer is the perfect time to do all those fun activities that seem to slip through the cracks during the school year. This collection of 20 water play activities will keep your kids learning and exploring through the hot summer months. You won’t have kids complaining of boredom with these fun ideas.

  • Pool Noodle Water Wall from Teaching Mama – Do your kids like pouring water? This Pool Noodle Water Wall is a great way to encourage water play with a STEM activity twist.
  • Swamp Water Bin Sensory Play from Sugar Aunts – Sensory bins are known for being beneficial for kids of all ages for so many reasons. Even the most simple sensory bin can help children strengthen language, fine motor, creativity and so much more.
  • Rainbow Water Xylophone from Mama Papa Bubba – You know when you tap on the side of a glass with water in it, it makes a beautiful noise? Why not combine multiple jars, with multiple levels of water to make beautiful music!
  • Water Balloon Expeirment from 123 Homeschool 4 Me – Will water balloons float? Will they dance? Find out with this fun Water Balloon Experiment!
  • Rainbow Bubbles from Gift of Curiosity – Bubbles are exciting all on their own, but Rainbow Bubbles? YES PLEASE! This fun outdoor activity will have kids giggling for hours!
  • Water Balloon Phonics from Mess for Less – Phonics are incredibly important for kindergarten and first grade students to learn & practice. Why not add in some water balloons to make practicing even more exciting? This will help get the extra summer energy out, too!
  • Water Bead Sensory Science from 123 Homeschool 4 Me – Water Beads are squishy, slimy, bouncy and colorful. They are science and sensory combined in the most fascinating way. This sensory science can be done inside or out!
  • Colored Water Transfer Play from Hands On as we grow – Color mixing is a great way for children to help strengthen their knowledge of all colors. This science and sensory color activity is a great way to learn this outdoors!
  • Water Drop Races from What do we do all day? – If you’re looking for a simple water activity that can be done outside or in your kitchen? Grab some straws and get racing!
  • Bottle Rocket from Science Sparks – Kids love rockets and explosions. Whe it is safe, they can be super fun and lead to a great STEM lesson!
  • Water Balloon Target Practice from Posh Lil Divas – Throwing water balloons alone is fun but add in some competition and it’s even better! This Target Practice is the perfect fun competition for kids & their water balloons!

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Outdoor water play

With so many fun ways to play with water, what one will you try first? tell me about your water play activities!

  • Clouds & Rain Fine Motor Practice from Mom Inspired Life – Droppers are a fun addition to this cotton ball cloud & rain activity. Fine motor skills will be strengthened and STEM will be explored!
  • Ice Cube Painting from Paging Fun Mums! – Ice Cube Painting is the perfect outdoor, summer art project! It’s refreshing when it’s hot and an extra fun way to explore colors!
  • Epic Water Games for Kids – They will LOVE these EPIC ideas!
  • Cup & Water Race from Mess for Less – Another great way to incorporate fun, healthy competition into your kids summer day!
  • How to Make Sponge Bombs from 123 Homeschool 4 Me – Sponge Bombs are the perfect water balloon alternative. These are super simple to make and will last the whole season long!
  • Rainbow Bubble Snakes from Housing a ForestHave you heard of bubble snakes? These are pure bubble magic if you ask me. Add in the rainbow colors and this is the perfect summer activity to encourage giggles and “WOOOW”s!
  • Fairy Soup Pretend Play from Artsy Momma – Your little fairy will love this pretend play sensory activity. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination with this calming, water based play activity!
  • Fireworks in a Jar from I Can Teach My Child – Fireworks are the quintessential summer event, but it only happens a few times a season. Reach for this Fireworks in a Jar activity if you are looking for fireworks without the big show.
  • Erupting Rainbows Water Activities for KidsSTEM Eruptions & Rainbows. What more could kids want on a summer afternoon?
  • Water Bottle Fountain from Learn with Play at Home – Give your kids a simple summer challenge of making a fountain from a water bottle. It’s not overly complicated and the results are so exciting!
  • Sensory Water Bag Fun from Momma’s Fun World – Move over slip n slide, this water bag is the backyard water play your kids will beg for!
  • Frozen Chalk 123homeschool4me – Sidewalk chalk is a summer no brainer. Step it up a notch and add a frozen element. Sidewalk art will never be the same!
  • Ice Boat Races Water Activities for Kids from 123 Homeschool 4 Me – Not only will kids explore STEM while making Ice Boats, but then they get to race them. They will have loads of fun, competing against each other. At least until their boats melt!

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply download free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. Fun to make and amazing bubble artwork for kids

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Tin Foil Art This EPIC summer activities for kids uses a really fun technique to make squirt gun painting! This water gun painting is such a fun summer art project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. The squirt panting is as much fun to make as it is to look at afterwards with the unique patterns. This Summer Painting for kids is a MUST for your list of summer activities for preschoolers!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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