Hot Days Call For Water Fun In The Backyard
No matter where you live, chances are that you will be encountering some hot days this summer. Sure, you could stay inside and stay cool sitting beside the air conditioning. But where’s the fun in that?
Instead, get a plan and enjoy that hot weather. Soon enough you will be complaining about the cold of winter and longing for these hot summer days.
- get on your bathing suit,
- put on some sunscreen
- and head outside for some water fun.
Make this as simple or as complicated an adventure as you like.
What Water Supplies Do You Already Have?
If you already have a kiddie pool or a big plastic tub sitting around, just start by filling it up with water. Just sticking your feet in some cool water is a great way to cool off.
You don’t need to go to the local pool when you can sit under a shady tree with a good book. Additionally if you can sit with your feet in cool water in the kiddie pool, you’ll be cool as a cucumber.
The kids will have just as much fun splashing around in a kiddie pool as they would if you were heading to the local pool or beach.
Therefore, turning on the sprinklers or the gardening hose is another great way to cool off in your own backyard. I dare you to run through sprinklers with the kids. It’s just as much fun at 35 as it was at 5. Frankly you owe it to your kids to introduce them to this old-fashioned summer tradition and additionally you will be making some precious memories.
Dollar Store Deals
To keep the water activities fun yet budget frugal, check out the local Dollar Store. For less that $20, you can be outfitted with all kinds of summer activity supplies. Additionally, involve the kids in the shopping trip in picking out what they would like to play with.
Supplies to think of and include in your water fun arsenal should certainly include:
- Water guns
- buckets and cups
- and water balloons—of course!
Water guns are yet another fun way to play outside, get wet, and cool off. Make sure to pick up a few of them. Fill them up ahead of time, placing them in strategic places throughout the yard and let the games begin. By having big buckets of water sitting around the yard makes it additionally easy to refill and keep playing.
If you don’t feel like heading out to buy squirt guns, just by grabbing some plastic cups from the house and use those to throw water at each other.
You can use the same buckets and plastic cups to set up some fun water races that involve getting the water from the bucket at one end of the yard to the other by only using the cups. It’s a great way to get the kids moving. (And tired out too, wink, wink)
Don’t Forget The Water Balloons
Water balloons are absolutely another fun option, therefore be sure to grab a pack (or two) of them at the dollar store while you’re there and head outside.
Our grandchildren have as much fun filling them up as they do at tossing them at mom and dad. So, fill them up, divide the balloons and let the battle begin. Lots of giggles and screams are sure to be heard. Get the kids to pick up all the little plastic pieces from the balloons before everyone heads inside.
After all of this hot summer fun in the backyard, the kids are now dried off and ready for:
- a proper bath
- or a nap.
End Of Summer Bargains
Keep your eye open toward the end of summer for sales on the pricier water toys like larger pools, sprinklers, and slip-and-slides. By picking them up for a great price, and sticking them in the closet, you will have them for next summer’s water fun.
No matter what you do and how you end up playing outside with the kids using water, they are sure to have a great time. Additionally, as an added bonus, all this running around in the water will wear them out, which translates into a quiet evening and night for you. (;
Other inexpensive staycation ideas can be found in this article: 5 Fun Ideas For Staycations.