Summer Splashdown: 5 Water Games for Kids

Searching for a surefire way to put a smile on your kid’s face? Just add water!

Have you noticed how most kids love water play? One parenting paradox is how it can be a struggle to get kids to take baths—yet when you bust out a Slip-N-Slide (or water balloon), kids can’t wait to give it a go (or throw)! Make a splash in your summer routine with these fun water games and activities.

via Tinkerlab

Be the coolest house on the block with this DIY water wall. Just rummage through the recycling, find some outdoor wall space, and create this upcycled water wonderland for your wee ones. They’ll thank you for it with hours of play!

via Spoonful

Yes, this sponge-toss activity improves gross motor skills. Yes, it also helps hand-eye coordination. But all your kids will remember after playing this game is that thrilling, unforgettable moment when an already-fun activity transformed into an all-out WATER FIGHT. Who’s in?!

via Learning 4 Kids

Playing with water is a sensory extravaganza. As kiddos feel the wetness of the liquid, hear the splashing of droplets, and see the motion of the water, they’re honing their powers of observation—and even dabbling in a bit of physics. After all, water play helps kids observe cause and effect and predict what will float and what will sink. Toss some water balloons into the bath and see what your pint-sized scientist discovers!

via Make and Takes

For a kid, there are few things more gratifying than playing with something you’ve made yourself. (Have you seen the adorable safari search video a Kiwi Crate fan sent us after the kiddies built the jeep and animals from our July crate?)  These washcloth pom-poms are easy to make, fun to play with, and machine washable, to boot!

via No Time for Flashcards

If you’re like me, washing the car is like going to the dentist: I don’t like doing it, but every six months, I know I’m due for a cleaning. Luckily though, kids love pretend play and chances are your kid will enjoy “playing grownup” by getting his or her toys squeaky clean with a backyard car wash. On your mark, get set, scrub!

What are some fun ways you’re staying cool this summer?


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Pins of the Week: Summer Fun

Because we are obsessed with Pinterest (let’s face it, who isn’t?), every week we’re going to showcase our 5 favorite pins for you to share and repin on your own boards!

This week, say hello to summer with these refreshing pins for parties, play, and patriotism.

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Two Ingredient Tuesday: Spray Bottle & Watercolor

We’ve written about the joys of spray bottles on a summer day, and about painting with Koolaid. I decided to try to combine these two activities to see if it doubled the fun.

First we mixed Koolaid – you can use any liquid watercolor – with water in a spray bottle. Koolaid can stain, so if your child might aim somewhere other than the paper, make sure to get a washable paint!

We had leftover paper blinds, so I put one in the backyard and let O go to town.

Let’s see if it does something different if I spray really close… Yes! The drops are bigger.

The resulting grins made the Koolaid sprayed on my legs worthwhile.

Our final Jackson Pollack results:

We let our art dry outside all afternoon, and by evening we could bring it inside to hang on the wall. O remembered from last time that it’s fun to smell your art:

Summer Activities Round-Up, Part 2

We posted Part 1 of our Round-Up of favorite summertime activities last week.  Here’s the rest of our compilation of ways to fill the last few days of summer!

1) Sun prints – Celebrate the sun by creating these gorgeous prints from paint cut paste.  Glue the prints to folded cardstock afterward to make pretty note cards to use for thank you notes.

Photo credit: paint cut paste


2) Cork boatsWe’ve tested the seaworthiness and do-ability of MANY, MANY boats for projects here at Kiwi Crate (more on that for another post), and were so impressed with these awesome boats shared by Jonah Lisa Land on The Crafty Crow. It’s a good way to use up any leftover wine corks you just may have laying around – or get donated from willing friends…

Photo credit: Jonah Lisa Land


3) Hot colored rocks – This project is such a neat idea (coloring hot rocks with crayons) and is a great excuse to head out to a local beach, river or park to collect rocks.  It’s also courtesy of Jen at paint cut paste as a guest post on Moms by Heart (Jen has tons of more summer ideas here.)

Photo credit: paint cut paste


4) Pool noodle printingWith summer coming to a close, you can find pool noodles for sale at the drug store or the dollar store for a song.  Use them for  this cool printing project from The Chocolate Muffin Tree. And after you’re done painting, you can repurpose the noodles to make Floating Sculptures – another great project from The Chocolate Muffin Tree.

Photo credit: The Chocolate Muffin Tree


5) Water Sponge Toys from Marie at Make and Takes – just in case your kids need another way to get wet outside!  Marie also has a great how-to video on her site for this, which we’ve included here as well.

Photo credit: Make and Takes


That’s it for this year’s Summer Round-Up – hope your summer has been as fun as ours!

What were your favorite activities?