Our water play ideas for toddlers is sponsored by Go & Grow by Similac®. All opinions are my own, however. With the summer heat settling in, we think these ideas are perfect for busy families looking to have some fun with their kids!
Beating Summer Heat with Water Play Ideas for Toddlers
Summer is a great time to get outside and make memories with your kids. Toddlers are full of curiosity, and warmer weather means more chances to enjoy the outdoors — whether you go out exploring your city or just play in your own backyard.
But keeping cool as the temperatures rise is super important. One of our favorite ways to stay cool and have a blast during the summer is water play! So we wanted to share a few of our toddlers’ favorite water play ideas! Hopefully we’ll inspire you to get outside and have fun while staying cool and hydrated!
Change It Up in the Water Table
Our water table has been a hit since Weston was a toddler. Now that Carrigan is living the toddler life, she’s all about it too. It’s a simple idea, and you don’t have to go out and buy a fancy water table to have fun. We’ve had ours for a few years, and it was a gift. But you can easily do the same thing with some plastic bins filled with water!
The thing that makes the water table work so well for us is that we change it up every few days! We add things like cups, spoons, and bowls for scooping and pouring. Some days we add different toys to change it up. We’ve even colored the water and added ice to the mix.
So don’t be afraid to pull out your water table, look around your house and bring some favorite toys (that can handle being in the water) out to play!
Make It a Water Play Day
No one is too young or too old to have fun with a water play day! This is a great way to get the entire family outside and having fun in the sun! Get out the sprinkler and water hose. Don’t forget things like cups, water blasters, and squirt toys! Raid your bathtub toys for tons of great things to play with during your water play day!
Water balloons are a blast; just be careful with small pieces of balloons around toddlers. Be diligent about cleaning up! Another option that works great if you want something like water balloons are sponges or sponge balls. They pack a lot of water and can be tossed, but you don’t have to worry about the cleanup.
Cool It Down with Ice Cubes
Ice cubes are our secret weapon during the hot summer days. I mentioned that we use them in our water table sometimes. You can use them in a water table or just out on the patio or deck. The fun thing about them is freezing them in different shapes. You can buy ice-cube trays in different shapes. Or do what we do and make colored ice cubes in our regular ice-cube trays.
Also try filling water balloons with water and freezing them. Then peel the balloon off and you have amazing ice balls for the kids to play with! They are great for the water table or rolling along a warm sidewalk or driveway.
One more fun way to play with ice is to create large ice cubes with a small bin or bowl. Fill it with water, add some little plastic toys, and freeze. Then let your toddler use play tools or kitchen items like spoons and spatulas to try to dig out the toys!
Stay Hydrated in the Shade
One of the most important things to remember during the summer is that everyone needs to stay hydrated! While it’s fun to take a drink from the hose (and definitely part of childhood memories), as parents we need to make sure our kids are staying hydrated!
Children’s bodies don’t cool down as efficiently as adults’ so it’s very important to make sure they’re getting enough fluids. When you’re spending the day outside sweating in the warm summer sun, stay on top of things to prevent dehydration.
- Offer healthy drinks regularly throughout the day.
- Teach your kids to drink even when they’re not thirsty. For example, while playing, stop every 20 minutes to have a drink break.
- Offer plenty of fluids but also offer treats like ice pops to catch their attention and get more liquid in them.
- Keep it on ice! If you’re playing outside for a while, bring a cooler full of ice and keep a variety of healthy drinks on hand!
Start the Day Off Right
While it’s important to stay hydrated and stay cool while you’re playing outside, it’s also important to get the day started off on the right foot. Make sure you get a good breakfast in those bellies before you head outside for the day. Things will be a lot happier for everyone!
With my picky eaters, I also go for a recipe I can depend on before we head out for a busy day of fun. For us, that’s usually scrambled eggs or easy pancakes! With help from Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™, I’m adding a punch of nutrition to both of these favorite breakfast options. Check out how easy it is to make Easy Mini Pancakes for your toddlers!
What You Need:
- 1 cup flour
- 2 Tbs. sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
- Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™
What You Do:
- Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) in a large bowl.
- Add wet ingredients (egg, milk, and oil) to center of dry mix and mix until smooth (a few lumps are okay).
- Stir 1 packet Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ into each 1/2 cup of batter.
- Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Use a cookie scoop or small ladle to make mini-sized pancakes. Each 1/2 cup of batter will make 4-5 mini pancakes, depending on the size.
- Cook until bubbly on the top and golden on the bottom, then flip and cook until golden on the bottom again.
- Serve warm.
I love that Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ for food help me add nutrition to some of our favorite toddler-friendly foods. It’s easy to mix into a variety of food options, like scrambled eggs, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. I’ve even used it in spaghetti sauce! Cookies are next on our list to try!
We love a good day of water play, and now we’ll be fueled up to have some major fun!
Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ for food and Toddler Drinks are secret weapon for adding nutrition in toddler meals!
Take advantage of the warm summer days and all the fun of being a toddler. Get outside and make some memories with your child! Don’t be afraid to get wet! You’ll dry off!