Once the sun is shining, our thoughts turn to spending time outside with the kids. But how can you keep them amused, while also keeping them cool? The answer is water toys. From large multi-level play tables to simple lawn sprinklers, this list has the coolest items around to beat the heat this summer.
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset
This multi-sensory table is a delight for any child who loves to play with water. With rearrangeable maze pieces, little ones can create different waterfalls, while the rain shower fitting generates realistic rainfall sounds. With a whole host of accessories included, this is one water toy which really makes a splash.
Step2 Waterfall Discovery Wall Playset
When you’re looking for wall-to-wall fun, the Step2 Waterfall Discovery Wall Playset is just what you’re looking for. Allowing for multiple child play, both sides of this discovery wall are crammed with chutes, funnels, buckets and wheels which are activated as water is poured into the top and allowed to run down. Includes 13 accessories.
Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table
With molded in sections, this water activity center allows for imaginative play as kids create harbors, moats, lakes and canals for their toys. The tall tower sends water cascading down over the spinning wheel, before splashing out into the sections below, providing ample opportunity to use the accessories included, including boats and a water cup.
Splish Splash Seas Water Table
Generously sized to allow for multi-child play, the Splish Splash Seas is an exercise in how to have fun with water. With both a slide and a diving board, this water table will be more than enough to keep the kids (and swimmer figures) amused, while the water wheel carousel and waterfall promote fine motor skills.
Step2 Paw Patrol Water Table
There’ll be no paws in the fun for your little ones as they play and act out adventures from their favorite Paws Patrol episodes. Join Ryder and co as they set out to save the world, one splash at a time, in this amazing Paw Patrol water table. Includes lookout tower, three figures, and accessories.
Fish 'n Splash Water Pond
With 25 pieces, kids won’t know what to play with first in this superb water toy! The battery powered table comes with a center spinner and musical lighthouse, and features two fishing rods with which to catch the toy fish – magnetic, and hook. Starfish, spoons, water cup and other water-themed accessories also included.
Edushape Water Whirly Bath Toy
You’ve just got to smile when you see this adorable hand held water toy, what with its cheerful sea creature faces and bright colors. Each of the four parts come apart and snap back together, and as the water rushes through it sets the spiral and ball off, creating a fascinating toy that kids will love.
Step2 Big Splash Waterpark Water Table
Water toys come in all shapes and sizes, and this one has sizes and shapes galore! The diving board attached is great fun to catapult the two toy swimmers into the pool, while the working water tower offers endless thrills and spills. With seven pieces of watery fun included, wat-er the kids going to play with first?
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler
Keep the kids cool and your garden hydrated at the same time with this pretty Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler from Melissa and Doug. This delightful water toy is simple to set up – just attach garden hose and turn it on – and it will spray overheated little ones with cooling water from every flower.
Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Slide Bouncer
Worried about your kids spending too much time on their screens? Gadgets will be the last thing on their minds when they have this Rocky Mountain River Race inflatable in the backyard! With two slides, a ‘dump bucket’ climbing wall, and a splash pool, multiple kids can have their best summer ever having fun-in-the-sun.
boppi 4-Section Childrens Sand and Water Table
The bright colors in the boppi Children’s Sand and Water Table are the perfect match for happy days in the sun. Each of the four sections of this play table are entirely separate, meaning each can be used for a different thing – water, sand, pebbles, and more. Set comes with 13 sand and water accessories.
Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table
Give kids water and sand and they will make an adventure. This water toy has spaces for both, which are separated by a roadway, perfect for that beach buggy in their collection. Table comes with a sturdy lid with molded-in roadways for toy cars, and even has an umbrella to protect them from the sun.
Kidoozie Small Pirate Ship Sand and Water Table Toy
Ahoy mateys! This sand and water table is shaped like a pirate ship, all ready for sailing the seas of fun. With lots of accessories included, this galleon can be used for both the wet and the dry stuff (or even as a Jolly Roger for your dolls), and features sprinklers, wheels, funnels and more.
HALOFUN Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat
Pools can be a bit of a worry for smaller children, but why should they miss out on all the fun? This Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat is absolutely perfect for tiny tots – just connect the water hose to the mat, turn it on, and let the splashing, sploshing, and squirting fun begin!
Little Tikes Wet & Dry First Slide with Slip Mat
What causes the most excitement when the summer comes and the toys come out? Water slides, of course! Combining water with adrenalin, this 10-foot vinyl slip mat comes with a Little Tikes First Slide which can be used independently, or with the mat when the water hose is attached. Super summer fun for ages 2+.
Wader Sand and Water Mill
Set to become a summer favorite, this portable water toy is ideal for poolside, beachside, or even inside when the weather lets you down. Little ones can pour water or sand into the funnel at the top, and watch as the various wheels and spinners are activated. This non-fade toy is suitable for ages 12m+.
Step2 Spill & Splash Seaway Water Table
Give your kids their very own Typhoon Lagoon with the Step2 Spill & Splash Seaway Water Table. Built on two levels, this set will provide hours of fun in the sun (don’t worry, there’s an umbrella included) and comes with springboard flipper, swimmers, spinners, squirters, and a whole lot of childhood memories. For ages 18m+.
Kleeger Kids Water Sprinkler Toy
Kids will be having a whale of a time with this adorable dual-purpose giant inflatable whale. Connect the hose, and once filled with water it will spray from its blowhole to cool everyone down. Time for a swim? Empty the whale, inflate with air, and he becomes a super fun inflatable to take in the pool.
Keter Water Kingdom Waterpark Play Table
The best water toys are those which offer multiple play possibilities. This compact sand and water table contains a ‘castle’ and moat, along with a water chute, funnel, and spinning wheel for water or sand fun. Fold the wall down for a smooth surface designed for crafting, or even eating their lunch!
Yacht, Speed Boat, Sailing Boat Toy Set
Boats make excellent water toys because, well, they’re boats. In bright and cheerful blues and reds, this set of three vessels includes a motorboat, a sailboat, and fire rescue boat, each with their own accessories for water bound adventures, and are ideally suited for swimming pools, toddler pools, or even in the bath.
Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table
For a water toy with all the fun of the fair, take a look at Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table. Drop balls down the ‘Helter-Skelter’ spiral, then scoop them up again using the Ferris wheel included. With funnels, wheels, a water scoop, and five brightly colored character balls included. Recommended for ages 2+.
Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark Play Table
The Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark is so much fun you’ll want to play with it yourself! This double-sided play table has space for both water and sand, and comes with two cute character dolls, two inner tubes, a shovel, cup, and a double water slide for both characters to enjoy. Includes one fitted cover.
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Water Play with Sponges for Toddlers
Who’d have thought that something so simple could be so much fun? And yet, this superb tutorial shows you how to keep your toddler engaged for hours by using simple sponges and water. With lots of ideas on what to do with them, head over to My Bored Toddler and take some inspiration.
Toddler Colored Water Transfer Play
Your toddler will be amazed and delighted when she sees how mixing colors can actually create new colors with this fun water transfer play activity using scoopers and other tools.
Magnetic Alphabet Fishing
Magnetic alphabet fishing is a brilliant way to help your toddler develop several key areas at one. It’s great for early math skills, fine motor play skills, letter recognition, and more.
Fishing for Numbers
Give your little one a head start with his math skills with this fun math game. Fishing for numbers in water is an excellent way to develop both fine and gross motor skills as well while helping them recognize numbers.
Pipe Water Play for Toddlers
This is an awesome activity idea for helping your toddler to work on her sensory play. Water play with pipes is also great for bringing out her inner engineer as well!
Frozen Ocean Animal Rescue
This is an amazing activity idea that you can do with your little one that comes with a variety of developmental benefits. Playing with water, salt, and ice while rescuing the trapped animals is just too much fun.
Pouring Station Toddler Water Activity
Your little one will be able to get hours of entertainment out of this pouring station. More importantly, this is a brilliant way to teach the practical skill of pouring while also developing fine motor skills.
Colored Ice Sensory Play
Making colored ice cubes for your toddler to play with is an incredibly easy activity idea that has the added bonus of being perfect for sensory play.
Bottle Cap Water Play
There are all kinds of DIY activities that you can easily do from home to help your kids develop their fine motor play. This bottle cap and water activity helps train their hand-eye coordination and dexterity, and can also be used for color recognition.
Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Play
Build your toddler his very own dinosaur swamp out of all natural materials with this easy to follow tutorial. It’s perfect for helping him to practice his sensory play as well.
PVC Pipe Water Table
While this might not be the cheapest DIY project, it is certainly one of the best in terms of playability. My Life with Littles shows you how to take PVC piping and turn it into a superb water activity table which will provide hours of play when the sun is shining.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Water Play
Sing along with the Itsy Bitsy Spider song with your little one when you check out this fun water play activity that you can do together. Your toddler can develop their fine motor skills by pouring the water down the spout.
Pool Noodle Water Wall
For an inexpensive wet ‘n’ dry game, this pool noodle water wall makes a great DIY. Super cheap to make, it needs just pool noodles, zip ties, and peg board. Follow the instructions on the blog to make the maze, and let them have fun in the sun with water, or indoor action with cars.
Outdoor Alphabet Match Activity
Incorporate learning into your toddler’s leisure time and you’re onto a winner! This cute game will keep the kids engrossed as they can ‘go fishing’ with their net to catch the letters, and then match the letters to the chalk ones on the ground. All you need is a baby pool and some inexpensive supplies.
Colorful Cups & Water
Toddlers just love to mix and match with these colorful cups filled with water. Not only is this activity tons of fun for little one, but it’s also great for developing fine motor play skills.
Garden soup is an ever popular activity to do with toddlers that works great for both sensory play and for developing fine motor skills. Toddlers just love adding in leaves, petals, and stems when making the soup too.
Diy Jucie Box Boat Craft
Talk about a great craft idea–these little boats made out of juice boxes are a super fun DIY craft that you can do with your little one while also teaching them the value of recycling and reusing old materials.
Foam Blocks In Water
Playing with foam blocks in water is a great way to help your toddler develop their fine motor skills. They can try to stack them on top of each other in the water or even work on color identification by sorting them into piles.
Tropical Island Water Table
Build your little one a few tropical islands to play with by following this tutorial. It has the added benefit of providing a fun way for your child to engage in sensory play.
Water Balloon Basketball
What could be more fun than water balloons on a hot day? How about water balloon basketball? Fill a kiddies’ pool with as many water bombs as you can, and then stand the basket at one end, make targets at the other, and let the kids go crazy. Click the link to find out more.
Pom Pom Squeeze
Water play is a great way for toddlers to practice their sensory skills. Fuzzy pom poms and a container of water are all you’ll need to keep your little one occupied for hours with this fun DIY activity.
Spoon it Out Water Activity
Little ones will endlessly put things in and take things out. Add water to the mix and it becomes even more exciting. This blog post by Love Peace Beauty uses plastic baby food caps, water, and a spoon to give kids a fine sensory game that will keep them amused.
Fine Motor Toddler Water Activity
Water games are an excellent choice when it comes to activities that encourage the development of fine motor skills. With that in mind, be sure to try this activity that will have your little ones transferring water from one container to another with the use of small bottles.