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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Splash Into Summer: Six Fun and Inexpensive Ideas for Water Play - The Safe Way

May was National Water Safety Month. So, naturally, we’ve compiled six fun water-play ideas to help kids beat the summer heat, on the cheap.

1. Dial up the sprinkler - even if it's DIY.

There’s nothing more fun than jumping through a sprinkler. It’s a childhood staple for a reason! But if you don’t have an official sprinkler, fear not! You can create the same effect with a garden hose, and hook it up for water games!

For example, make an arcing rainbow of water, and invite kids to run underneath for a game of water limbo. Or, consider running a steady stream of water from your garden hose, snaking it back and forth underfoot as children jump across. Whoever stays driest is declared the winner, and an official Water Unicorn!

(Note: there’s always a chance of slipping on wet grass, so make sure you’re playing somewhere with soft ground and not too many rocks.)

2. Invest in a kiddie pool and fill it with accessories!

Inflatable pools are inexpensive and easy to store away thanks to their deflate and stow design. So blow up a baby pool, throw in some favorite bath toys, and watch kids delightedly splash for hours. And if your kids are partial to bubbles, feel free to add some foam with the help of a hose and some bubble bath and even bubble wands! Bonus: it’ll make for an adorable photo op!

However, it’s important to remember when dealing with pool safety, that drowning is the number one cause of death among young children. And bathtubs and pools can present serious hazards. So, be sure to keep an eye on your kids at all times. If you have to peel your eyes away - to use the restroom or take a phone call - initiate a “water timeout” and carry your tots inside with you. It’s just not worth the risk!

3. Take to the lake.

Kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are wonderful ways to stay cool, get some exercise, and take in the great outdoors. Wade with kids by the bank of your local lake or body of water and spend some quality time soaking up the rays, getting some much-needed Vitamin D. Just don’t forget life jackets and sunscreen!

4. Bring a picnic to your local pool.

If you don’t have access to a personal pool, research renting a day pass at one of your local swimming spots. More often than not, you can buy a day pass for the whole family at a relatively inexpensive price. And if you want to avoid spending money on food and drinks, consider packing a cooler full of healthy snacks and sandwiches; you’ll cut down on overpriced concession stand treats while feeding your kids nutritional options.

5. Freeze your fun!

Combat the heat with sensational ice creations in the form of “Ice Paint” or “Ice Blocks.”

To make ice paint, simply follow the package mix instructions for three flavors of fruit juice. Or, if you have a blender, you can make your own variations in various shades. Freeze the fruit juice. Then, once the cubes are hard, place the like-cubes in separate bowls. Dress kids in paint-friendly t-shirts or play clothes, and set them in front of large pieces of white paper. Kids will delight in “water coloring” with their ice chips, and cool down as they color.

Similarly, you can use clear or colored ice cubes as building blocks to create ice cube castles and miniature ice forts for action figures. Kids will have fun racing to see whose architectural designs will withstand the heat the longest.

6. Initiate an environmentally-friendly water balloon fight.

Let’s face it. Nothing quite beats a water balloon fight on a sweltering summer afternoon. But, using tons of latex balloons is not necessarily environmentally friendly. We’re all about reusing materials, which is reflected in the amount of recycled plastic we use in our products.

So, consider investing in one of these eco-conscious updates to the classic water balloon. You’ll get all of the water-play fun without the cleanup or unnecessary waste.

We want to hear about your family’s favorite water games and activities. Sound off in the comments!

Written by: Parker Jones

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