The temperatures are going up, up, up and we are all looking for ways to keep the kids entertained without spending too much money. Keeping cool by getting wet is a great way to keep the kids happy, but it can be a little tough on the budget. Check out these cheap ideas for summer fun with water that I have tried with my own kiddos.
Recycled Squeeze Bottles
I save squeeze bottle food containers that once held ketchup, syrup, mustard and the like. I wash them out thoroughly (I sometimes use a drop of bleach to help if the smell in the bottle is strong) before the kids use them. If you use bulk sizes for such foods the bottles can be fairly large, which increases the fun! Allow the kids to choose a bottle or two then fill them up with water. Then let the fun ensure. Squirting each other with these bottles is better than most squirt guns because these bottles hold more water and can actually squirt pretty well.
Wading Pool Fun
A plastic or blowup kiddie pool usually costs less than 10 bucks and can be fun for even the bigger kids. Fill the pool with water and let the kids splash around and get their feet wet. Put the pool at the end of a sliding board for fun splashing. If it’s super hot outside, plan ahead and freeze ice cubes made with food coloring then throw the cubes into the pool for extra fun.
Water balloons are a great way to keep cool on a hot day. Add a drop of food coloring to each balloon for a little extra fun. The kids can play a variety of games with the water balloons like volleyball, “egg” toss, baseball, and more or they can simply chase each other around the yard with the water balloons. I have found that it is best to put a set limit on the number of balloons used or else the kids will just keep turning on the outside faucet to make more balloons.
Using a sprinkler is not the cheapest option for outdoor water fun, but if you combine watering your garden with letting the kids play you can multitask and the water used isn’t completely wasted. My kids love playing in my sprinkler and if I position the sprinkler just right, it will water my flowers and water the garden while the kids play. I will also sometimes set out buckets and containers to catch water then after the kids are finished they can pour the buckets on any plants that still need a drink. If you let the kids use the sprinkler, remember to set yourself a timer and stay close so you can monitor the water use, otherwise you could end up with a water bill that will make you squeal, but not with delight!