Des Moines, IA

Beat the Heat: Summer Water Activities

Summer is here and with it comes the heat. On hot days, it can be difficult to keep kids entertained, especially when they want to be outdoors.

Keep them cool with these 10 water activities!

1. Water balloon toss. Not only will it keep them on their toes and cooled off, but it will also help with their hand-eye coordination! Don’t want the mess of broken water balloons? Try sponges!

2. Squirt gun battle. Pick teams and let the games begin!

Boys on tarp with water 3. Slip n’ slide. Don’t spend all the money on store bought. Just find or buy a tarp and use your garden hose to create your own!

4. Bath time. Whether it’s your kids or maybe their toys that need a bath, fill a small pool with soap and water for good, clean water fun!

5. Water limbo. Get a garden hose and nozzle and use the water as the bar. Lower each round and see who stays dry the longest.

6. Driveway watercolors. Have your kids draw pictures with chalk on the driveway and then give them each a watering can to lightly dump on the drawings for a watercolor effect.

7. Water balloon piñata. Fill regular sized balloons with water, tie them, and hang on the nearest overhang, clothesline, or tree and let each child take a turn with a balloon.

8. Bike/car wash.  Depending on if your car needs a good scrubbing, have your kids get out the buckets and sponges and have a good old car wash day. They can also wash their bikes and other outdoor recreational toys.

9. Water painting. No need to get messy with actual paint. Give your kids an assortment of paint brushes and a bucket of water and let them paint the garage door or house!

10. Water obstacle course. Get all your water activities and put together for a fun obstacle course. From the slip n’ slide to a wading pool to water balloons in a zig zag position, set up an obstacle course and time them each round.


Farrell's Martial Arts Kicker LogoTKD Tip: Do you have a hard time getting your kids back inside on those perfect summer days? Make sure to give them a 10-minute, 5-minute and 1-minute warning. When you give them the warning, also tell them what's ahead so they naturally move on to the next objective when time is up.


Location Info

Beaverdale School         Waukee School
2706 Beaver Ave.            215 N. Warrior Lane
Des Moines, IA 50310       Waukee, IA 50263
515-255-0095                  515-978-3000