When it's hot outside, any activity that involves water is a fun alternative to just hanging out. Here are a variety of ways to wet your wild ones.
- Host a neighborhood dog wash. Provide buckets, sponges, old towels and pet shampoo. Kids bring their dogs on a leash and work as a team to clean those dirty doggies. The pups may not love this wet activity, but the kids will!
- A similar event is a "toy wash." Kids bring their dirty, washable toys, and you provide everything they need to make them sparkle!
- Hand out clean spray bottles (make sure they never held anything toxic) and let the kids fill and spray each other. Toss an inflated balloon in the air and challenge the kids to keep it floating with a stream of spray.
- Are you hot too? Fill a watering can and instruct the kids where to water your body: "Water my elbows," "Water my legs" or "Water my head."
- Spread an old or inexpensive shower curtain on the lawn and aim a steady light stream of water from the garden hose onto the surface. Let kids "slip and slide" on the slippery plastic.
- Save plastic gallon milk jugs and make "scoops" by cutting off the bottom, leaving the handle intact. (Cover the sharp cut edges with electrical tape.) Use the scoops to play catch with a water balloon -- until it bursts! Kids can also toss water balloons back and forth using just their hands.
- Play water limbo with a line of water from a garden hose that gets lower and lower. Similarly, tell kids to do the high jump over that same stream of water.