17 Fun Water Activities for Kids

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Some awesome ideas that I’ve found to get those kiddos outside and staying cool this summer! I may make everything on this list my personal summer bucket list to try and keep those whiny “I’m bored” words to a minimum.


1. Sponge Ball – One Charming Party

2. Swimming Pool Scrabble –  Toddler Approved

3. Sponge Bullseye – Mamas Like Me

4. Water Balloon Pinata – Scrap Happy Heather

5. Water Limbo – GoGo Squeez

6. Trike Car Wash – Apartment Therapy

7. Splash Volleyball – Spoonful

8. DIY Water Ramp –  Caution! Twins at Play!

9. Homemade Sprinklers – Homespun Threads

10. Ice Cube Painting – Share and Remember

11. DIY Foil River – Camo and Bows

12. Soap Boat Races – I Heart Nap Time

13. Bubble Snakes – Somewhat Simply

14. Scented Bubbles – JoJo & Eloise

15. Giant Bubbles – Tatertots and Jello

16. Water Blob – Clumsy Crafter

17. DIY Slip ‘n Slide – DigitalMisery.com

No Bake Banana Split Pie

Now, another dessert coming right in time for Summer.. Who doesn’t love the Banana Split? Well… honestly, I don’t. I don’t like bananas and I’m not a huge fan of ice cream. But PLEASE don’t let that stop you from trying this amazing recipe I have found. Just because I don’t like bananas doesn’t mean that my family dislikes them too. And this No Bake Banana Split Pie was a huge hit in my house. My husband and our two kids absolutely loved this pie!

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Since I don’t eat Banana Splits, I had to do some research on how the Banana Split became so popular. I had no idea that this widely loved dessert was created in Latrobe, Pennsylvania! And well most of you probably don’t know that I currently live in Pittsburgh, Pa and it’s not very far away from here. I also learned that it was created by a 23 year old named David Evans Strickler who was an apprentice pharmacist. He created the Banana Split in 1904 using the stores soda fountain, and it only cost 10 cents, twice the price of all other sundaes!!

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Anyways, back to the No Bake Banana Split Pie before I bore you all. Here’s what you need to make it.

Ingredients:

1 package Vanilla Instant Pudding

1 1/2 cup Milk

16 oz Cool Whip

2 sliced Bananas

1 cup Pineapple Tidbits, drained

1 cup diced Strawberries

1 prepared Chocolate Pie Crust

Chocolate Syrup

Crushed Nuts


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Directions:

1. Place a layer of sliced bananas on pie crust.

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2. Mix pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl. Stir until it begins to thicken.

3. Whisk in 8 oz Cool Whip to incorporate and then add diced strawberries and pineapples

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4. Spoon mixture into crust and refrigerate for at least several hours.

5. Top with remaining Cool Whip and drizzle with chocolate syrup and crushed nuts.

Watermelon Cupcakes

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In the spirit of watermelon season and summer not too far away, I thought I’d share a recipe I found for Watermelon Cupcakes. No, that’s not a typo! Watermelon Cupcakes. Because who doesn’t love watermelon? Wait wait wait.. The more appropriate question, who doesn’t love cupcakes? What’s better than a delicious, easy to make, pretty to look at dessert that you and the kids will love!

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This recipe will make you 2 dozen amazing cupcakes!

What you need:

1 box of white cake mix
1 1/4 cups pureed watermelon, divided
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 egg whites
a few drops of pink food coloring, optional
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 2. Line 2 (12-count) muffin tins with paper liners.  Set aside.
 3. In a large mixing bowl, beat white cake mix, 1 cup pureed watermelon, vegetable oil and egg whites with an electric mixer.  Beat in a drop or two of pink food coloring.
 4. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and bake 19 to 21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
 5. Allow cupcakes to cool in tin about 10 minutes before removing them to wire racks to finish cooling.
 6. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat butter, remaining 1/4 cup pureed watermelon and powdered sugar until blended.  Add more watermelon if the frosting is too thick or more sugar if it’s too thin.  Beat in a drop or two of pink food coloring.
 7. Frost cooled cupcakes with Watermelon Frosting.
 8. Store in the refrigerator when not enjoying.

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Or, if you’d like to make it a little easier I just came across this pre-made Watermelon cupcake mix made by Betty Crocker. I haven’t tried these so I can’t say that they’ll be AS good as the recipe above, but they could be worth checking out.
Amazon sells the mix and frosting together! You can check it out here if you’d like! 🙂

S’more Bites

These have to be THE most amazing dessert I have EVER made. I’m not joking! If you think I am, well you’ll just have to try them for yourself. Good news is, they are super easy to make.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 Marshmallows
  • Reese’s mini peanut butter cups or Hershey bars
  • Mini muffin or cupcake pan (24 count total)

Here is what you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease pan with non-stick butter spray
  • In a medium size bowl mix graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and butter with a spoon
  • Evenly distribute mixture to the 24 mini muffin cups.  Press along the bottom and sides to make a “cup”.
  • Bake for 5 minutes
  • While they are baking cut 12 large marshmallows in half
  • Remove the pans from the oven and place either one Reese’s or two sections of a Hershey bar in the graham cracker cup and cover with 1/2 of marshmallow (cut side facing down)
  • Turn your oven on broil
  • Put the pan back in and broil for 2 minutes (WATCH THEM!!)  Take them out as soon as they start to brown
  • Let cool for one hour
  • Use a teaspoon to wedge under the s’more cups and they should just pop right out!

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Chalk Spray!

All the fun of chalk, none of the mess!

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What you need:

× 1 tsp. washable tempera paint

× 1 cup of hot water

× 1/2 cup of cornstarch

× squirt of dishwashing liquid

× 1 squirt bottle

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What to do:

1.   Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps.

2.   Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a quirt of dishwashing liquid.   Mix well.

3.   Pour it into your squirt bottles and shake well.

4. Have fun!

DIY Water Balloon Pump

No more hassling with the kitchen sink or the hose to fill water balloons. I found this much easier, and kid friendly way!

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All you need to do is wash out an old shampoo / conditioner / hand sanitizer pump bottle and fill with water! The kids are able to fill them up easily, and all you have to to do is tie them off and you’re ready for some fun!

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(Look back to my old post for fun games to play using water balloons!)

Ice Block Treasure Hunt

I just came across this idea of The Ice Block Treasure Hunt that I think my 3 year old would absolutely love to do.  Plus it seems it’s something that could keep him busy for a while, and keep him cool at the same time.

So here’s what you will need:

×plastic container or bowl
×water
×small toys: plastic animals, cars, rings, bouncy balls, shells, coins, etc
×optional: ice cube tray, food coloring and water to make colored ice
×warm water, spray bottles, paintbrushes, salt, a hammer – or anything really that you think would work it get the toys out.

Now what you need to do:

1. Make and freeze colored ice cubes using the food coloring and water

2. Fill the plastic container with about and inch of water. Add three or four toys and some colored ice cubes and freeze.

3. When the first layer is frozen solid, add more water and a few more toys and ice cubes. Repeat this process until your container is full and you have a solid block of ice. It may take a couple of days to create your ice block.

4. Remove the ice block from the plastic container.

5. Give your kids the tools you picked out so they can start digging out the toys while you sit back and enjoy watching them.