30+ Water Play Activities For Kids

When the temperatures are soaring and your kids want to go outside, water play activities will keep them cool and entertained! Water is a great addition to sensory play and below you’ll find 30+ ideas for toddlers to tweens – guaranteed to make a splash! Some of these activities use items you probably already have, which is always a bonus.

Water play activities


30+ Water Play Activites For All Ages

Above activities (clockwise from top left)
1. Create a sensory water bin your toddler.
2. Got a pool? Check out these fun swimming pool games.
3. These pool noodle boats are fun and easy to make.
4. Have fun in your own backyard water park.

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Ice, Ice Baby
Make a ice cube necklace. All the “cool” kids are doing it!
Have a blast with this Lego man ice excavation.
Get creative with ice paintings.
Your little one will love this toddler ice play activity.
Frozen ice hands are sure to be a hit!
Play with colored ice in the pool.
Your kids will dig The Dig!
Try this water sensory play with colored ice. (pictured below)

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Water Sensory Play
Try this ocean theme sensory play activity.
Create a beach-theme water sensory table for your toddler.
Clean up with this car wash sensory bin or animal washing.
Try this fun water gem sensory play. (pictured below)

Water Gem Play


Exploring And Learning

Water The Flowers alphabet activity.
Alphabet water sprinkler hunt.
Ping pong water math.
Fishing with magnets.
Make a water rocket.
Water play books: Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm, and Underwater Doggies.
Water color transfer activity.
Here’s another water color transfer game. (pictured below)


Even more fun ideas.

Set up a water obstacle course.
This pendulum water blast is sure to be a hit.
Here’s a twist on a classic game – Duck Duck Splash!
Fun water play with streamers.
Pool noodle bath activity.
DIY splash pad
Have some sprinkler fun!
For when you can’t go outside, try this indoor roddler water play activity.
Make your own sponge water bombs..


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  1. Emily says:

    Great ideas, my youngest would love the water sensory idea. Will be trying them out on the next warm day we have. 🙂
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  2. Kathleen says:

    Congratulations. This post was in the TOP SIX most clicked in Fridays Blog Booster Party #16 It will get special mention on Friday.
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  3. Tianna says:

    these are such awesome ideas!
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  4. Twitter:
    So fun! My kids and I are going through a slew of water activities this hot Texas summer and it’s been so fun. We made one “educational” one making alphabet soup. All of these are so fun! Gonna hafta go down your list!
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  5. Jessica says:

    SO many great ideas here! When my brother was little he loved diving underwater to find stuff. He’s been swimming since he was a baby!
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  6. Chastity says:

    Can’t wait to try some of these out! We do water play almost every day and I’m always looking for new ideas.
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  7. These are some great ideas! I have two preschoolers and am always looking for new ways to engage them in sensory play (one is on the spectrum). Thanks for rounding up a summers full of fun for the backyard for me!
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  8. Amanda V says:

    These ideas are great! As a mom of 4 Im always trying to find cheap ways to stay cool during the summer. Thank you for the ideas! I love the water gems the best. I know that you can find them on Ebay as flower water beads. For plants. Pretty cheap and in all colors 🙂

  9. Julie says:

    What a great round up! I’m definitely pinning this for future water fun 🙂
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  10. Debra says:

    All great ideas! I love the little sponge sailboats – could have some fun races in the kiddie pool with those!
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  11. Star Traci says:

    I love water play both as a cool down and as sensory play. These look really fun. I especially like the fishing game and the painting.
    Really great ideas!
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  12. Sinea Pies says:

    Just followed you on Twitter — I”ll make the rounds to your other soc media, too, but I HAD to tell you that I love the coverphoto you used on your Twitter page!!! Those chairs are so gorgeous. The picture makes me want to climb up and sit in one, while looking at the ocean. 🙂

    Pinned this post — I love summer fun for kids! I am a preschool teacher so I do a lot of fun stuff with them but we never get to do any water games. 🙁
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  13. These all look like so much fun and would be a welcome edition to our hot summer here. The fishing in the pool would be a hit with the kids so I’ll be sure to pick one up this weekend.

  14. Tina says:

    What an awesome list for summer! I just love the water gem sensory play idea, we’ll have to do that one!
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  15. Shelah says:

    So many fun ways to play with water this summer!
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  16. Heather says:

    I love playing with water, even as an adult – so i know my daughter does too! The pool noodle sail boats are so cute!
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  17. Jacqueline says:

    Great ideas, I kinda wanna make a pool noodle boat. Haha.
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  18. Heather D. ( says:

    I love sensory activities myself, lol! The kids have been enjoying soaking themselves with the garden hose lately!

  19. What a great list of ideas to keep cool in the heat of this summer! Thanks for including our ocean-themed water and ice activity!
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  20. Kathleen says:

    No complaining of the heat when playing all those cool games. Great ideas. I am going to pin this. Thanks for bringing cool to Fridays Blog Booster Party #16
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  21. Bri says:

    The treasure hunt pool game sounds like so much fun. One blow-up pool can hold so many different possibilities for fun.

  22. Erlene says:

    This is a great water roundup for summer play. Definitely lots here to keep the kids busy.
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