Make a splash with 5 ideas for backyard water fun
In the heat of the summer, nothing is as refreshing and fun as cooling off in the water. That means a community pool for many, and a backyard pool for a select few. But even those with a shady spot in the backyard and a hose can benefit from a classic kiddie pool or a romp through the sprinklers.
Keep in mind that young children should never be left alone near water, even if that water is shallow. The American Red Cross notes that parents or guardians should always stay within arm’s reach of young kids, and in real pools, never let anyone swim alone.
With those safety tips in mind, get ready to get the family out to create a splash this summer with these 5 ideas for backyard water fun.
Find a shady spot near a hose and get the kids ready to chill. For toddlers, the kiddie pool is an ideal introduction to water and the joys of splashing. At places like Walmart and Target, you can find a pool for pint-size kids for under $10. If you want to invest in a fixture that will be fun for older children, but don’t have the resources or space for a built-in pool, consider something an above ground pool.
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Let’s face it, sliding is fun. Ideally, this water toy should be set up on a hill, but really, it just takes a running start and a hose for kids to make their own fun. Just set up a Slip N Slide and get ready for the giggles. There are so many versions available including double (or even triple slides). Heck, it looks like so much fun, don’t be surprised if the grown-ups give it a go.
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Shooting for fun:
If you’re lucky enough to have access to a pool that allows toys, we love the idea of a floating hoop. Older kids, and even adults, might swelter if they play basketball in the heat of the summer, but a floating hoop or net will allow them to chill out while they play games typically reserved for land.
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Swimline 9162 Swimming Pool Quality Floating Super Hoops game, on sale $31.99, Walmart.com
Floating Intex Fun Goals Game, on sale $15.99, Walmart
Pipeline to laughter:
All it takes is a hose and an inventive gizmo, and you have a sure-fire hit. While your standard water sprinkler will do, we love the idea of a pipeline that blasts and tubes that wiggle and add a bit of unpredictability to the whole “getting soaked” notion.
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If all else fails, resorting to a good ol’ fashion water war is sure to delight. If you have enough participants, split into teams. If not, just make it an all out every kid for themselves. Prepare for battle with water balloons, sponges (learn to make easy sponge balls here), buckets and hoses. Bunch O Balloons has revolutionized the water balloon allowing the ability to fill 100 water balloons in 60 seconds. Best of all? No more struggling to tie the individual balloons.
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