Water play is one of my kids’ favorite things to do. They will take advantage of water whenever they can. Whether it’s in our water table outside, the hose, or even the bathroom sink, if there’s water involved, they want to play. That makes water a huge asset as the temperatures continue to hover near triple digits around here!
Water Play Ideas with Blocks
I shared some simple playground safety tips before and as the weather continues to keep things warm, I wanted to share some fun ways to play and cool off. Water play is a fun way to stay cool and keep kids active by doing activities they enjoy. Whether it’s setting up the sprinkler or breaking out the water balloons, kids of all ages can have fun playing in the water.
We’ve been spending a lot of time playing with our water table but the other day I decided to change it up and bring some of our favorite inside toys outdoors! My kids love playing with building blocks, so to change it up a bit, I grabbed our tub of blocks and decided to add some water!
Here are some of our favorite water play ideas with our building blocks! They’ve all been a huge hit this week!
Make a Sensory Bin
Making a sensory bin is one of the easiest water play ideas. You can actually do it with a wide variety of themes such as boats or animals. Adding blocks was a fun new twist for us!
All you have to do is get a large tub or your water table, if you have one. Add water and then dump in your blocks. Check your kitchen to find a variety of tools to scoop and dump with. Measuring cups, small bowls, ladles, and slotted spoons work great! They also love to build with the blocks when they’re wet!
This was a great activity for Weston! First, we built different shapes with the blocks and then put them into the water. Then Weston wore a blindfold and reached into the water to find a shape and remember what it felt like. Then he put the shape back in the water and I mixed it around with the other shapes. He had to fish around and try to find the same shape again!
For this activity you need 3-4 tubs for water and food coloring. Add water into each tub and the add a few drops of food coloring to color the water. Red, blue, yellow, and green are good colors to start with because they are common building block colors. Then put all of the blocks in a pile or in another tub and challenge your kids to sort them by color. You can also turn this into a competition by adding a timer or stopwatch.
Blocks on the Move
To play this game, fill two tubs with water and dump all of your blocks in one. Then have your child use a slotted spoon or ladle to scoop blocks from one tub to the other. For more fun, get out a timer and make it a competition! Who can move all of the blocks the fastest? Weston loves a good race so we had fun doing this one together!
Blocks of Ice
This work great with small blocks. You can add a bigger block or a few smaller blocks into your ice cube trays. Then fill them up and freeze them Add the cubes to your water table for extra fun and a new way to explore! Or you can give your child a squirt bottle of water and let them melt the cubes to get the blocks out and then build something! If you add salt to your water, you can melt the ice cubes even faster!
Active play is an important part of family life so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! When the day is a scorcher, just add water! It’s an easy way to get your kids engaged in active play while making sure they stay safe by keeping cool. If you get involved in the fun, it can also be a great way to make some amazing memories together!
Be sure to check out my water play ideas on LetsPlay.com!