12 DIY Water Play Ideas

You want your kids to spend some time outdoors during the summer months, but it can sometimes be too hot to enjoy. If your kids are stuck indoors because it’s too hot outdoors, why not create their own personal waterpark? There are so many ways to make fun water play areas in your back yard. Whether it’s a homemade slip and slide, or even a simple water table, your kids can have fun outdoors without burning up!

Below you’ll find 12 DIY water play ideas that are easy and affordable to make. Spend a bit of time putting together a few different water play stations so that your kids can have an obstacle course or waterpark of their own. If your kids have friends coming over for the weekend, this is a great way to let the kids burn off all that excess energy so that they actually sleep that evening.

12 DIY Water Play Ideas
12 DIY Water Play Ideas

If you wanted, you could also set up a station with some frozen treats. Be sure to check the website for ice cream sandwich recipes and some awesome slushie recipes. Your kids will love playing in the water and munching on some cool treats. If you’re throwing a barbecue, this would definitely keep the kids busy while the parents were chatting!

Remember, water play doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. You don’t have to rush out and buy expensive squirt guns or anything fancy. You can find so many great things at discount dollar stores. Everything from cheap squirt guns to water balloons can be found. Stock up for the summer and use these in your DIY waterpark. You can even do something really simple like having a water gun fight or throwing water balloons. You can set up spots where people can hide like a paintball course. Just be creative and have fun!

12 DIY Water Play Ideas
12 DIY Water Play Ideas

12 DIY Water Play Ideas

Glow in the Dark Water Balloons by The Scrap Shoppe
Plastic Bin Water Spray Table by Hello Creative Family
DIY Splash Pad by Ginger Casa
DIY Kids Car Wash by Mom Endeavors
Water Blob by Eclectic Momsense
Water Gun Cup Races by All For The Boys
Sponge Water Bombs by Messy Little Monster
DIY Kiddie Sprinkler by Mom Endeavors
DIY Water Spraying Table by Practically Functional
Sand and Water Play Table by Hello Sunshine
Homemade Water Wall by Little Bins for Little Hands
DIY Toy Pool by Artsy Fartsy Mama

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. What wonderful ideas these are, kids love playing with and in water so these would be a fun play for them.

  2. Love the idea of the sponge water bombs and the DIY splash pad. Score some stuff from the dollar store and it costs next to nothing.

  3. Thanks for the great ideas! My kids had a water balloon fight with the other kids in the neighbourhood last night and then played in the sprinkler for a while. We’ll have to try out some of these ideas too!

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