15 Fun Water Games And Activities For Kids

Water Games Ideas For Kids With Pictures

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Children of all ages love playing with water, in water, or anything that involves water. They can splash, paddle, stir, pour, throw – you name it!

Are you looking for fun filled activities on a hot summer’s day? Look no further as we have a list of cool water games and fun summer water activities for kids. Most activities here need basic kitchen or backyard stuff. Every activity has been tried and tested, so we can guarantee the success! They are also fun, inexpensive, and will keep your kids entertained for hours.

10 Fun Water Games For Kids

Beat the scorching heat with some lovely water games you can introduce to your kids. Let them not be always locked in the air-conditioned rooms for the fear of heat.

1. Jump Over The Water:

Jump Over The Water

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Make sure your kids and the whole family participates in this fun game.

You Will Need:

  • A water hose
  • An open area, like a garden or backyard

How To:

  1. One person has to act as the jump master. The master will sit on the floor with the hose and spray the water.
  2. In the beginning, the water hose should be at the ground level.
  3. The others have to jump over the water line and cross to the other side.
  4. With each round, the master has to increase the height of the water line.
  5. The person who gets hit first with the water has to swap places with the master.
  6. The game starts again from the lowest level.

2. Water Blast Off:

Water Blast Off

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Play along as a family or involve your kids and their friends.

You Will Need:

  • A water hose
  • Toys
  • Ropes

How To:

  1. Make a big circle or square on your lawn using ropes. Place the toys inside the shape.
  2. Ask your kid to sit outside at some distance and aim at the toys using the water hose.

Set a timer for your kid to throw out the toys outside the shape with the force of the water.

The kid who throws out the maximum number of toys in the limited time is the winner.

3. Rain Dance:

Rain Dance

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You can never have a summer water activity without some fun rain dance.

You Will Need:

  • Water sprinkler
  • Music

How To:

Set up the water sprinkler in your lawn and put on the music. The rest will follow.

4. Water Gun Tagging:

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The classic game and can never go wrong. Play this toned down version of a fun color tagging game.

You Will Need:

  • A water gun
  • Old clothes for your kids to wear – preferably in white or very light colors
  • Different colors that dissolve in the water
  • Bucket

How To:

In a bucket of water add the color and mix.

  1. One kid will be the tagger and has to aim the water gun and hit the others while they try to escape. The one who gets hit first with a particular color swaps places with the tagger.
  2. Throw out the water and mix in a different color with water to fill the gun. Continue in the same way.

5. Spot The Ice Treasure:

Spot The Ice Treasure

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Use some creativity to make those ice cubes super fun water game toys.

You Will Need:

  • Ice tray
  • Very small toys or treasures you can freeze inside the cubes – plastic charms, even small slices of fruit

How To:

  1. Freeze the objects inside the ice cubes and hand them to your kids.
  2. Ask them to go outdoors and play around with the ice in their hands until it melts.
  3. If you there are fruit slices inside the ice cubes, you can ask the kids to lick it to hasten the melting process.
  4. The kid who reveals his treasure first is the winner. The water activities for children are always fun.

6. Pool Hunt:

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Apart from swim lessons in the swimming pool, toss a bunch of ping-pong balls or coins in the water. Kids who know how to swim can jump in and retrieve the coins, whereas kids who need help swimming can retrieve the floating balls.

7. Homemade Water Slide:

Homemade Water Slide

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Our personal favourite, as it is a classic. To make your homemade water slide in your backyard, here’s what you’ll need: basic camping tarp, garden hose, and a bottle of shampoo. Now, here’s what you’ll have to do: spread the tarp over a small slope, hang the garden hose over a clothesline, or something that gives you a good angle from above. Ensure the hose is in place, and drizzle shampoo over the trap to make it slippery and there you have it – a DIY water slide.

[ Read: Water Safety For Kids ]

8. Ice Pops Treat:

Prepare some fresh juices of all flavors. Make it colorful by including ingredients like raspberry, strawberry, lemon, blueberry, etc. Now freeze these juices individually to make some colorful ice pops. Place the ice pops of different colors in a bowl and give it to your kid and even her friends. Let them together guess what the flavors in each of the ice pops are. Don’t forget to make them say the color of each ice pop aloud.

9. Freeze Your Feet:

Make your kid place his feet in a basin. Now empty a tray of ice cubes into the basin. Ask him to pick the ice cubes one by one and put into an empty bucket beside using his feet as fast as possible.

10. Water Balloon Spoons:

Fill up tiny water balloons and place it on spoons. Now play the egg race. First to cross the line with the balloon held intact to the spoon is the winner.This is one of the most fun among the many outdoor water games for kids.

[ Read: Educational Activities For Kids ]

5 Fun Summer Water Activities For Kids

Here are ten water activities that are sure to help your kid enjoy his summer vacations:

1. Toy Bath:

Toy Bath

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Make use of this fun water based activity to give your kid’s toys a thorough wash.

You Will Need:

  • All your kids’ toys
  • A bucket or tub of water
  • A washcloth
  • Some mild washing detergent
  • A mug to pour water with and a smaller container
  • Large towel or an old bedspread

How To:

  1. Ask your kids to line up all the toys outdoors or on the bathroom floor.
  2. Mix water and some washing detergent in a smaller container.
  3. Ask your kids to dip the washcloth in the detergent and give the toys a thorough scrub. Now, ask your kids to give their toys a water bath.
  4. Now place all the toys on the towel or bedspread to dry. One of the fun water activities for kids from which they can learn.

2. Backyard Bath:

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Take advantage of a warm day by bathing your child outdoors. Before this activity, make sure there is enough privacy for your kids.

You Will Need:

  • A portable bathtub
  • Swimming costumes for your kids or shorts and vests
  • Water
  • Bubble bath and bath toys – optional
  • Kids soap and shampoo
  • Towels for each kid

How To:

  1. Place the bathtub in the garden. Fill up the bathtub with water and add bubble bath or bath toys in case you are using those.
  2. Let your kids get in the bathtub.
  3. Now clean them using the soap and shampoo.
  4. Let them play in the water for a while. Once done, help them dry up with the towel, wrap them in the towel and send them indoors.

3. Sponge Bath:

Sponge Bath

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Make use of the sponge to create an innovative and fun water game.

You Will Need:

  • A sponge
  • Two empty buckets or containers
  • Water

How To:

  1. Fill one bucket or container with water.
  2. Ask your kid to dip the sponge in the water. Let him squeeze out the water into the other bucket or container within a set time.
  3. The kid who fills the maximum water within the time limit is the winner.

[ Read: Creative Activities For Children ]

4. Make A Water Drink:

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With so much water and outdoor activity, it’s a good idea to get some infused water as well.

You Will Need:

  • Empty glasses or Mason jars
  • Straws and ice cubes
  • Fruits of choice
  • Knife – under adult supervision

How To:

  1. Help your kids slice the fruits of their choice and place them in the glasses.
  2. Fill up the glasses with water and add some ice. Add the straw and let them enjoy this refreshing drink. This water activity for kids is full of fun and drinks.

5. Garden Adventures:

Garden Adventures

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It gives kids an opportunity to explore all the elements that surround them in their own back yard. Leaves, flower petals, flower buds, grass are all elements in this activity, and kids can strengthen their motor skills. Here’s what you’ll need: scoops, tongs, water pitchers, ladles, wooden spoons, tweezers, measuring cups, funnels, scissors, and large pots and bowls. They’ll spend hours mixing, pouring, cutting chopping, scooping and transferring the garden finds into the pots while making their own garden creation.

Water activities are always fun and a big hit. Make sure a responsible adult supervises your kids during these activities.

Do let us know which of these activities you tried out and were a hit with your kids!

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