39 Fun Water Games to Play this Summer

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Water Games and Activities for Kids 

Here are more than 39 water games and activities sure to cool you and your kids!!! There are many ideas for all size groups (2 to 20 or more) and ages…just scroll thru and see! You may also be interested in ‘Water Themed’ Art, Craft, Science, Miscellaneous and Snack Ideas!

A collection of fun water game ideas for kids. Great for hot summer days. Games include water balloon games, sponge toss, relay race ideas, and much more. Great ways to stay active and cool.

Required: Splash Water Balloons or sponge and bucket of water
Players: Small to large groups
The person who is “it” throws the wet water bomb to tag other players. If hit, they are the new “thrower”.
This can also be played with many variations of the game such as Frozen Tag, etc.

2. A TWIST ON TRADITIONAL WATER BALLOON TOSS is making a small hole in each balloon, then filling the balloon with water and letting the kids toss the leaking balloon. It becomes a bit of a time bomb, as you don’t want to be the last one holding the balloon when it finally runs out of water! Quick, easy, and fun!

Children in swim suits
Washable toys, water
Small buckets
Sponge and bubbles
Instead of a car wash…have a toy wash!

  • On a hot day —take all washable toys outside and let children have fun washing them.
  • Children cool off…and YOU get clean toys!!!
    Great for end of the year or Summer Camp!!!

Set out bucket of water and a large sponges.
Soak them in the bucket and then toss it back and forth with the children.

5. WATER RELAY…Put children into as many teams as needed. Fill one bucket for each team and place them at a beginning line where game will start; place plastic glasses or cups in the buckets of water. On ‘Go” kids scoop up a glass of water and run to a set far line where additional large containers have been placed. When the water is deposited, the child runs back to the next team member to continue play. The first team to fill the container with water is the winner.


  • Have kids sit along the edge of a kiddie pool filled with water.
  • Each player has their own empty bucket or bowl beside them.
    Now dump a big pile of ice cubes into the pool.
  • At the starting signal, players must pick up as many ice cubes as they can and put them into their own buckets…they must use only their feet.
  • The player who collects the most ice cubes… within a designated time period is the winner

7. POP GOES THE WATER BALLOON! Play this similar to ‘Hot Potato’!

A collection of water balloon games and activities for the kids this summer.

Place children in a circle and set a timer (or music).
When the timer goes off, the child holding the water balloon ‘pops it’ and splashes them self.
As children ‘pop and splash’–they are out.
You can reward each child with a simple candy/sucker as they leave the game.
The last player left is the winner. (Actually all kids win in this game!)

Set up a number of sprinklers in between a starting line and a finish line.
Have the children try to run from one end to the other WITHOUT getting sprayed.
Have one of the youth control the faucet, turning it ON AND OFF AT RANDOM.
(When game is over–allow children to get wet–of course have them wear their swim suits!)

Buckets of water,

  • Divide the group into two (or more) teams.
  • Have them form a single file line facing the person’s head next to them.
  • At the head of each line put a bucket of water.
  • At the other end put a plastic pitcher– with a line drawn on it.
  • Give a sponge to the person at the head of the line where the water bucket is.
  • That person has to dip the sponge in the water to soak in as much water as they can. They have to then pass the soaking wet sponge OVER THEIR HEAD to the person behind— who then passes the sponge to the person behind them THROUGH THEIR LEGS.

The sponge makes its way back OVER THE HEAD of one person and BETWEEN THE LEGS of the next —
UNTIL it gets to the person standing next to the pitcher.
That person must squeeze whatever water is left into the pitcher and run the sponge back up to the head of the line.

When that happens, everybody moves back one position– and the person who was at the back of the line now is at the head of the line. Continue process till the pitcher is filled to line.
Fun game on hot day.
Submitted by Matthew Schlageter in funattic.com


Divide players into two teams and line them up.
The first player on each team is given an ice cube.
1.  The child rubs the ice cube between his hands for as long as possible to try to make it melt.
  When he or she gets too cold, the ice cube is passed to the next child in line.
3.  The first team to melt the ice cube wins!

.  A twist on traditional tag, this game is played with a big soft sponge like the kind used to wash your car.
2.  The player who is “It” must use the wet sponge to tag another player, who then becomes the new “It”.
  There will be no doubt about who is tagged because they’ll be wearing a big wet splat mark on their back.

You’ll need a bucket full of water balloons for this game.
1.  Divide kids into two teams and pair them up.
2.  Each pair gets a beach towel and each child holds two corners of the towel.
3.  One side begins by placing a water balloon in the center of their towel. The object is to toss the balloon from one pair of kids to another, with the opposing side catching the balloon in their towel.

This can be played with a net, or simply pace off a distance between opposing teams.


  • Have players stand or sit in a circle outside.
  • A water balloon is passed from player to player; however, the balloon is not passed around the circle as in traditional “hot potato”.
  • It is thrown across the circle from player to player.
  • If a players fails to catch the balloon, or it breaks when he or she attempts to catch it, that player is out.
  • If a player intentionally throws the balloon hard to make it explode in another’s hands, he or she is called “out”.
  • Older kids can spread farther apart if necessary.
  • The game proceeds until there is one dry person left.

Water limbo game.


1.  Set up a water hose in a grassy area.
2.  Line kids up as in traditional limbo.
3.  An adult is in charge of the water hose, shooting a powerful stream of water for kids to limbo under.
4.  Adult starts with the hose high, and then lowers the stream of water after each round. Losers, of course, get soaked!
5.  Don’t forget the Limbo music on portable CD player!!!

You will need:
10 gallon-trash bag
A tree limb or play structure
A bandanna and a broom.
When temperatures soar and the afternoon gets hot and sticky, beat the heat with the fun of a pinaqua.
This activity, from the Family Fun Web site (familyfun.go.com), is similar to a pinata, but the players cool off by taking turns hitting a TRASH BAG FILLED WITH COOL WATER while blindfolded— rather than a pinata filled with candy!

  • Have children dress in swimsuits so  they are ready to get wet.
  • Fill the trash bag with one or two gallons of water and then knot the bag.
  • Tie one end of the rope beneath the knot, toss the free end over a tree branch or structure and then  tie it securely.
  • TO PLAY, each child takes a turn being blindfolded, gently spun a few times and then getting three whacks at the pinaqua with the broom. The winner is the one who manages to break the bag and unleash the tidal wave.

• Another idea is to bunch together a large amount of filled water balloons! Follow the above directions and ‘whack away’!

Balloon yo-yo game.


Rubber bands

  • First fill the balloon up with water —but don’t make the balloon stretch.
  • Next, blow the balloon up a little bit just so its half water and half air.
  • Tie a knot to close the balloon.
  • Take the rubber band and tie it on the end.
  • If you want – decorate it with the markers. Have Fun!

Supplies needed:
2 towels,
4 buckets and a sunny day!
Great fun with 20 or more children…

  • Separate two teams evenly having children face back to back in a straight line.
  • On a signal, the first player of each team dips a towel in a bucket filled with water.
  • The wet towel then passes over each head of the people in line.
  • The last person in line that receives the wet towel must ring it out into a bucket.
  • Then that person runs to the front of the line, dips the towel into the bucket of water and passes it over the head of his/her team.
  • It continues until the first person in line is in the front.
  • The team that wins— is the one that has the most water in their bucket.
    To make it more challenging put a line on the bucket so they have a goal to reach.
  • The game goes on until the first team reaches their mark. If the towel drops it must go back to the beginning of the line. If the team members do not pass the towel over their heads it starts over also.

What you need:
• 1 bucket per team with at least 30 water balloons in each.
• Chalk or other markers to mark the start and finish line.
• A black bag to collect all the balloon pieces when the groups are done.

This relay race needs at least 2 teams with equal players (or the other team has 1 person go twice). The start and finish lines should be about 20 feet apart.

Place the bucket of balloons at the start line in front of each team. When you say ‘go’ the first person grabs a balloon and runs to the finish line.
When they reach the finish line then must sit on their balloon and pop it. The player then runs back to the start line and gives the next person in line a high five, and then they go… and so on… until the whole team is done.
Make sure that the group picks up all the balloon pieces before moving on.

A collection of fun water activities for kids. Great for school or at home during summer break.

You need: 2 buckets per team; one filled with water. 1 plastic baggie per team.
Put a lot of pin holes in the plastic baggies.
The groups line up sitting down, one in front of the other, so that they are facing the back of the person in front of them.
The bucket that is full of water goes behind the last person; the empty bucket goes in front of the first person.

When the race starts, the first person takes the baggie to the back bucket, fills it with water and then tried to get the water to the front bucket, but it has to be carried OVER THE HEADS OF his/ her TEAM MEMBERS.
He/ she dumps the water that is left into the front bucket.
The line shifts up and the first person sits in the back.
The winner is whatever group has the most water in their bucket after the pre-determined about of time.
Make sure that groups are not cheating by covering the holes – it might be best to say that they are only allowed to use one hand when passing the baggie.

20. A WATER WINDMILL (Can be played as team relay race)
1.  Half fill a child’s pail (with handle) — with water.
2.  Have children hold the pails in one hand—and hold that arm straight down by their side.
3.  Keeping the arm straight, children swing the pail around and around in a circle.
4.  No water should spill, if pail is kept moving like a windmill.
5.  (Decide how many times the “windmill” will go around before the “next windmill” starts.

21. WET FASHION SHOW (Good for a party, field or water day!)
What you need:
• 1 bucket per team full of water
• Lots of newspaper
• A few black bags to collect all the wet paper when the groups are done.
• A willing adult/teen for each group (The kids will LOVE this!)
Using only wet newspaper, have your own crazy fashion show by dressing up your teacher/caregiver/parent! (you could also ‘dress up’ kids within each group…)
Be sure to make sure that all the newspaper is cleaned up before the next group arrives.

Required: Water balloons, 2 plastic tubs
Players: Small to large groups
Have at least 5 water balloons per player.
Divide into 2 groups on opposite sides of a line with each side having their balloons in a plastic tub.
If you are hit with a water balloon you are out (like dodge ball).
Last one in wins.

Need: Jump ropes, plastic cups, and water
Give each child a plastic or paper cup full of water.
While two players twirl a large jump rope, jumpers one by one are to attempt three consecutive jumps.
They are to do this while holding onto their cup of water and trying to do let any water spill.
The child that has the most water left is the winner.
You can keep playing until only one person has water left in their cup. (When you play games like this-make sure kids have their bathing suits on–let parents know that it will be “Water-Play
Sara/Oakbrook From: funattic.com

24. “DRY-DRY-WET”! — Or call it “DRIP, DRIP, DROP”
As child goes around the circle he/she says,
“Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry, WET! A small cup of water is poured on the person’s head. Play continues just as in Duck, Duck, Goose!

Duck, Duck, Goose–is traditionally a younger child’s game; however, with the water-school-age kids may find it fun!!!

In case you don’t remember how to play Duck-Duck-Goose...

  •  Kids (and grown-ups) sit cross-legged on the ground in a circle.
  • One child is chosen to be “It” and he or she walks along the outside of the circle lightly tapping the top of each player’s head saying “duck.”
  • When the player touches another player’s head and says “goose,” the “goose” must jump up and try to tag the other player.
  • If that player can run around the circle and sit in the empty spot, he or she is safe.
  • Then the “goose” becomes “it” and has to walk around the circle saying, “Duck, Duck, Goose!”

It’s best to play on a grassy area or even a sandy beach.
You’ll need:
Old rags or stockings
Cut rags in wide strips ~ 3 feet long.
Use old stockings; they are softer and have some give to them. Pair up into partners and stand side by side.

Tie one persons left leg to the other player’s right, or vise versa. Practice walking together until you get a rhythm going and then try hopping or running. This can be played as a race or just for active fun.
An obstacle course can be created as well. For a real challenge, if it is warm  try adding and avoiding an oscillating sprinkler. Be sure to wear  swim suits!
The kids won’t be able to make it without getting wet!

4 oz paper cups
20 oz plastic pop bottles
Clean bucket
Finish line
Sense of humor and no fear of getting wet
Players: Small to large groups

  • Set up number of teams possibly by number of people willing to get wet.
  • On each team, one person lays on ground while holding a 20-oz plastic pop bottle on their forehead.
  • Teammates run to bucket to fill up their 4-oz cup then they attempt to pour it into teammate’s pop bottle while standing over head.
  • Then the next teammate will do the same until 20-oz bottle is filled. Once the 20-oz bottle is filled, the bottle person should run to the finish line without spilling. Source: funattic.com


Kids have a great time if you just fill up a small sized pool or two (How about three if you have several kids?) — set up the sprinkler between them and toss in cups, pitchers and containers! No pools? Put out the sprinkler!


Take a portable BASKET BALL HOOP (outside of course!) and have the children toss water balloons through it! Throw from distances appropriate to children’s age. Kids love throwing water balloons-period! Give them a target such as a tree or ‘through the hoop’! Just the ‘splash’ of it is fun for younger kids.

Splash Water Bombs
Targets, and trees or playground equipment
Players: Small to medium groups
Hang up targets on trees or playground equipment.
Targets can be made out of cardboard, paper plates, aluminum pie pans or anything creative.
Assign different points to each target depending on position and distance. You can keep points by teams or individuals. When a target is hit they receive points for assigned target.


30. KOOL-AID PAINTING… Sprinkle unsweetened Kool-Aid on a piece a paper. Have the children move a piece of ice over the Kool-Aid. Watch as the Kool-Aid turns to liquid and makes a yummy smelling picture.

31. OUTDOOR WATER PAINTING… On a hot summer day give your children outdoor paint brushes and buckets of water. Let them paint the sidewalk, walls, etc.


Save all those liquid dishwashing & ketchup plastic bottles. When empty, clean them up and make great “squirt each other” bottles! Marvelous for water fun!
Add these to your wish list to parents to get a large supply!



Place ‘Glow Sticks’ in several Balloons.
Place them in your pool at night to create some enchanting floating light.

HOW ABOUT WATER STATIONS? Great for a party or child care program! During Hot Summer Days– Hold a Water Fun ‘Themed Day’

Have the children bring their swimsuits and towels to school to go outside for an hour or two (for summer day camp-children can go out in morning and afternoon both!) and take part in a variety of “water” stations. (Similar to a day of field activities).

Stations could include beach volleyball, basketball hoop in a small child’s swimming pool, obstacle course (through a sprinkler, over hurdles, through tires, etc.), sprinkler limbo or sprinkler jump-rope (using the flat hoses with holes in them), filling buckets from a kiddie pool, water balloon activities including several relays, and tug-of-war.
You can also ask you town fire truck to visit and spray anyone and everyone! (A great idea on its own!!!)

With activities finished— all dry off and change clothes so that no one goes home wet. A great way to cool off and have a lot of fun!
Adapted from John Coomer



Wading pool
marbles and sand (optional)
Fill a wading pool with water and the dump marbles into it.
The sand can also be added.
The object is for team members to wade in a small pool and try to recover marbles with their toes –and place them in their bucket.

Rather than winners with each group, see which group can recover the most marbles.
An alternative would be to float Frisbees on the water surface and have the kids place the marbles in the Frisbees.


Lots of water balloons,
Space for obstacle course
Set up a summer themed obstacle course. Children place a water balloon under their chins and must negotiate the obstacle course without breaking the balloon.

This can also be done as a cooperative activity or group initiative. If a balloon breaks, that person must go back to the beginning, get another balloon and start again. The team must wait for the missing member to rejoin.


Beach bag filled with game item
A lawn chair for each group.
Each team will “go to the beach” in relay fashion carrying the lawn chair and the beach bag.
Each person…

1.  Must set up the chair
2.  Open the umbrella
3.  Lay out the towel
4.  Put on the sunglasses
5.  Sit
6.  Open the magazine
7.  Repack before returning for the next person to go.
This one is fun to watch.


Many water balloons in buckets or tubs, laundry basket.
Participants stand in a circle and pass one balloon at a time around the circle–until many balloons at one time are going around.
After a given time, the number of balloons successfully passed is tallied. The participants then try to beat their score.


1. Each child  has a partner.
2. They stand one behind the other.
3. The partner in front is blindfolded. This person also has a squirt bottle (cleaned out dish soap, catsup, water bottle, etc,).
4. The partner standing behind is not blindfolded. This person tells the blindfolded partner where to face, when to walk and in what direction, and when to squirt.
5. Keep a few large containers filled with water for easy refills.

38The LIMBO idea above –would also be good for a ‘Water Themed Field Day…
Materials Needed:
5 gallon buckets (May be donated by many restaurants or school food service) T-shirts

  • Player #1 runs to the bucket, puts on an XL T-shirt and returns to the next player.
  •  Player #1 takes off the shirt and passes it to #2.
  • #2 runs to the other end, takes it off and places it back in the bucket and returns, etc.
  • Practice this with the children BEFORE THE DAY in this manner- however, when they arrive to this station on Field Day, all of the buckets are filled with water and have “wet” T-shirts in them!
    This is a great activity and kids love the surprise!
    Ideas are adapted from EducationWorld.com

Keep broken balloon pieces away from young children. They can be a serious choking hazard!!!
On that same note… the broken pieces also pose a threat to local wild life.

Having a water themed day or week? Do you go swimming to a pool or lake during SUMMER CAMP OR DAY CAMP? 

This is a great opportunity to involve the Red Cross or other community organization to talk about the importance and procedures for being safe around the water. Volunteers are usually readily available for this type of presentation. One of the most effective has been to involve the pool manager from the public pool you will be using…

Water Themed Arts and Crafts Ideas

A collection of weather activities for preschoolers.


Sprinkle unsweetened Kool-Aid on a piece a paper. Have the children move a piece of ice over the Kool-Aid. Watch as the Kool-Aid turns to liquid and makes a yummy smelling picture.


  1. Sprinkle Kool-aid crystals onto a piece of paper.
  2. Have children spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper.
  3. Use different colored kool-aid mix.
  4. For added adventure, you may choose to take children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has Kool-aid on it.

bleeding tissue paper art


Materials: Paper, tissue paper, spray bottles, water
Cut tissue paper into desired shapes.
Fill bottles with water.
1. Have children place tissue paper on other paper and spray with water.
2. Remove tissue paper to see how it bled and created designs on the construction paper.


with Daubers (Bingo Markers)

  • Give children a piece of paper and a small bowl of water.
  • Set out some different colors of dauber pens.
  • Children take daubers and dip the tip into the water. Then slightly smash pen onto the paper.
  • The water will splatter the paint out.
  • Repeat with other colors of pens.
  • Splatters will create interesting designs on the paper.


Cut construction paper into desired shapes (Can be seasonal or holiday shapes.)

  • Fill a plastic dishpan with water.
  • Have the children help grate various colors of chalk into powder.
  • Let each child choose 2 or 3 colors of chalk and sprinkle the powder on top of the water.
  • Next have children float a sheet of paper on top of the water to absorb the chalk design.
  • Hang the shapes on a line or lay flat to dry.
    For variation use India ink on top of the water instead of chalk.
    Swirl to make a design, then lay the paper on the water’s surface to absorb the design.

how to make ocean in a bottle 44. OCEAN IN A BOTTLE…

Materials: A clean, empty two-liter plastic bottle with a cap, clear vegetable oil, water, a funnel, blue food coloring, shells and sea creatures (available from craft stores- be sure to use lightweight items that float), one teaspoon of glitter, white craft glue and a hot glue gun (to be used ONLY by staff or supervised by staff at all times).

  • Fill bottle halfway with water.
  • Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl around to mix.
  • Add glitter and sea creatures/shells and then fill bottle the rest of the way with vegetable oil using a funnel.
  • Make sure that cap and rim are dry— and then apply white glue around the rim and seal cap.
  • Use a layer of hot glue around the outside edge of the cap for additional protection from leakage.
  • Turn the bottle on its side to create a wave in this ocean habitat! From Kids domain website.


Ocean Treasure”–add coins and beads!
 If you have trouble getting the entire label off – you may want to place a label over the ‘old laaber’ and write the “childrens’ names” and “Ocean in a Bottle”.


sidewalk paint ideas


You will need equal portions of water and corn starch. Mix well.

  • Add a drop of your favorite food coloring!
  • Paint this wonderful concoction on the sidewalk. Give it a few minutes to dry and you’ll have a wonderful work of ART! It washes off easily with a pail of water or hose.  (Cornstarch Paint in cupcake tins photo from Craft Addict)

46. SWIMMING FISH… (A craft and science in one!)

  1. Fill a large plastic soft drink bottle about one quarter full with water.
  2. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and a very small drop of liquid detergent.
  3. Pour in a small amount of clean sand or aquarium gravel. Blow up two small balloons, release most of the air, then tie the ends closed. Push the balloons into the bottle and screw the cap on tightly. When you have finished, you will have a fish tank with two bobbing “fish” inside.
  4. The fish will swim in the water by holding the bottle sideways and rocking it back and forth. You may just discover that each child will want one of their own.

Water Themed Science Activities

47. WATER TASTING (This can also be used in the ‘Snack Area’)

1.  Provide tap water, soda water, mineral water, and distilled water.
2.  Pour the different types of water into paper cups and have children taste them.
3.  Discuss the differences.
4.  As an extension you can do a survey/graph


Gather the following:
4 jars with lids, dirt, sand, salt, gravel and a large pitcher of warm water.

Have the kids help pour the warm water into each jar. Add one of the elements to each jar, and cover it tightly.

Have children predict what will happen when you shake each jar. Shake them one at a time. What happens in each instance? Which of the elements dissolve in water and which ones sink to the bottom? The children may want to bring in other nature items/substances to continue this experiment.


One drop at a time, use a medicine dropper to drop water onto a penny. How many drops will the penny hold before the water spills? The amount may be a surprise!


Gather different items such as a variety of cans, coins, pencil, etc. and a large bowl of water. Small aquariums are good for this. Clear plastic tubs also work.

Have the children make predictions of what they think will happen. Will it sink or will it float? Have the children take turns dropping each individual item and discussing the results…


Fill a bin or aquarium or tub half full with water. Place everyday items near the bin. Get the kids to guess which items would sink and which ones would float.

WHEN COMPLETE…cup up and serve the watermelon for snack
A watermelon will float because its mass is less than the mass of water it displaces. This is due primarily because the inside of melon is hollow. It is mostly air, which has a much lower mass than water.


Fill two jars with the same amount of water and mark the level of the water on the outside of the jars. Put a lid on one of the jars. Put the jars in a sunny place for a few days. Discuss with children what happened. Have children note that there is more water gone from the jar without lid and that inside the jar with the lid they can see tiny drops of water.

Ask questions such as… 
What happened to the water in the jar with no lid? (The water went into the air. It evaporated.)
What happened to the water in the jar with a lid? (The water stayed in the jar, Because of the lid, the water wasn’t able to escape or evaporate.)

53. Make some SALT WATER…

Leave it in a warm place for a few days.
Questions to ask: What happens when salt dissolves in water? What happens to the standing salt water after a few days ? Why?

54. Nice for Pre-K/K…COLORED ICE CUBES…This is a nice visual experience of COLOR CHANGES.

Make red, yellow and blue ice cubes using food coloring and water. Place one red and one yellow ice cube in a ziplock baggie, one red and one blue ice cube in a ziplock baggie, and one yellow and one blue ice cube in a ziplock baggie. Place them in the science area. As the colored ice cubes melt they create new colors.

carnation science experiment


Here is a great little “science” project that will amaze younger children.

  1. Get a white carnation.
  2. Leave it out of water to 1 – 2 hours until it starts to wilt a bit.
  3. Cut 1″ from the stem.
  4. Place carnation in red-colored (or other color) water made by adding red food coloring to water. Cover 6″ of stem with water. Observe what happens to the carnation.


Make tie-dyed looking red, white and blue carnations. These flowers look great for any red-white & blue theme!.
You’ll Need:
2 glasses
Red and blue food coloring
White carnations
Green thread

  1. Pour water into a glass of water. Add 7 to 8 drops of red food coloring to the glass.
  2. Pour water into another glass and add 7 to 8 drops of blue food coloring to the glass.
  3. Cut the stem of a white carnation lengthwise. This will make the carnation stem into two thin stems.
  4. Set the two glasses of colored water together. Put half of the stem of the carnation into the red water and the other half into the blue water.
  5. Let the carnation sit for a few hours. The carnation will begin to change gradually into red and blue.
  6. Take the flower out of the mixture in just a few hours before the colors can change the white carnation entirely. You want it so that some of the white is still on the carnation.
  7. Wrap the stems together with green thread and place the carnation into a clear vase of water. Make several flowers and show off your beautiful red, white and blue flowers in a vase.

osmotic celery 57. OSMOTIC CELERY

Cut the bottom of celery stalks and set them in glasses of tinted water; the longer the stalks are in water, the deeper the color will be. (Wait a day or two) The stalks will absorb the color. These will also be ‘safe for children to eat! (Gage the amount of mixture to about 10 drops of color to 1/4 cups water.)

Water Themed Snacks

how to make snow cones


Frozen Water Treat!
To make each cone, place crushed ice in a paper cup. Mix one part unsweetened frozen apple or orange juice concentrate with one part water. Pour the diluted concentrate over the ice.


  • Freeze orange juice (or any other flavored juice) in ice cube trays. When frozen put frozen juice cubes in a plastic bag to store.
  • Put three to six of these cubes at a time in a blender.
  • Pulse the blender -on then off, on then off, until cubes have a snowy consistency. Pile into a cup to serve.

TIP: If you blend the entire batch at once, it will keep its carnival consistency stored in a container in the freezer. Kids can serve themselves. Adding a little water makes it “slush”. Even kids who don’t care for orange juice like it this way!

How about making some good old fashioned lemonade?!


This lemonade is quick and easy and refreshing on a hot summer day. Pour a large pitcher and garnish with fresh raspberries, cranberries or slices of lemon.
10 lemons
3 cups water
2 cups sugar
4 cups crushed ice

Cut 1/2 OF ONE LEMON into thin slices and set aside. Juice a(Squeeze) the remaining 9 1/2 lemons and pour into a glass pitcher or punch bowl. Stir in the water and sugar until dissolved. Pour in the crushed ice and float the lemon slices on top.
About 6 glasses

You could also use a ‘lemonade mix’ to make lemonade.

TASTE TEST Extension Idea:
1. Make lemonade a couple ways…Regular and Pink Lemonade (frozen) mix from a can–Home made lemonade and powdered mix lemonade.
2. Have children taste each-and vote/graph which they like best…


  • Don’t forget WATERMELON!!!
  • How about making ‘SUN TEA-ICE TEA? (Recipe below) 
  • You could also make JELL-O (It starts out liquid and turns solid…science and snack in one!
  • Make Kool-Aid Popsicles


1 gal. cold water
6 tea bags

Place cold water in large, clear, glass jar.
Add tea bags. Cover top.
Put in sun tea is desired strengh.
Remove tea bags and drink over ice.Add sugar, lemon, mint as desired.

Tip-Since water is not boiled, keep refrigerated and drink tea within one to two days.

Water Activities for Kids


Water fun for toddlers.

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Funnels and Colanders
  • Buckets/Plastic Containers
  • Eyedroppers
  • Sponges
  • Bath Toys/Boats/Plastic Animals
  • Ladles and Whisks

What to do with the above:

  1. Compare the sizes of containers by filling one with water–then PREDICTING whether another will hold more or less. Test predictions.
  2. Supply a variety of SPONGES. Which will hold the most water?
    Add bubble bath to a tub or sensory table. Have children whisk away and play with the resulting bubbles!


If you have older kidshow about organizing a car wash? This could  be a ‘fund raiser for a community service, school, or  child-care program’!


Set up a ‘lemonade and ice cold water stand’! Sell the cool beverages while people are waiting for their cars to be washed!


Supply children with bubble mix and bubble wands to make them.

2 tblsp dish soap
9 oz water
1 tblsp glycerin
For best results, let it rest over-night…


(Good for a party, field or water day!)
What you need:

  • 1 bucket per team full of water
  • Lots of newspaper
  • A few black bags to collect all the wet paper when the groups are done.
  • A willing adult/teen for each group (The kids will LOVE this!)

Using only wet newspaper, have your own crazy fashion show by dressing up your teacher/caregiver/parent! (you could also ‘dress up’ kids within each group…)
Be sure that all the newspaper is cleaned up before the next group arrives. (This idea is taken from our Outdoor Water Fun Category.)


Save all those liquid dishwashing & ketchup/catsup plastic containers.
When empty, clean them up and make great “squirt each other” bottles! Marvelous for water fun!  Put these on your wish list to parents to get a large supply!


Children in swim suits
Washable toys, water
Small buckets
Sponge and bubbles
Instead of a car wash…have a toy wash!

  • On a hot day —take all washable toys outside and let children have fun washing them.
  • Children cool off…and YOU get clean toys!!!
    Great for End of the School/Day Care, or Summer Camp!!!




If you combine some of the above ‘Water Themed Ideas’ with activities from the ‘Outdoor Water Games and Fun’ page-you’ll have an amazing ‘Wet and Wild Water Theme’ for a day, week or longer!

67. BOOKS ON WATER (Available at the library and on Amazon.com)

  • All the Water in the World
    by George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson
  • Hydro’s Adventure Through the Water Cycle
    by Randi S. Goodrich, Michael S. Goodrich
  • Our Earth: Saving Water (Our Earth (Children’s Press))
    by Peggy Hock
  • The Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book About The Water Cycle
    by Pat Relf
  • Saving Water (Green Kids)
    by Neil Morris
  • Water
    by Frank Asch
  • Science With Water (Science Activities)
    by Helen Edom
  • A Drop Of Water
    by Walter Wick
  • One Well: The Story of Water on Earth (CitizenKid)
    by Rochelle Strauss and Rosemary Woods
  • Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean (Let’s-Read-and-Find… Science 2)
    by Arthur Dorros
  • Why Should I Save Water?
    by Jen Green and Mike Gordon
  • The Secret of Water
    by Masaru Emoto


How much water do kids need when playing outside? WHEN IT’S HOT OUTSIDE… and kids are playing sports—or even just actively playing—head off problems by making sure the kids drink fluids before, during and after activity.

As a guideline, encourage at least 4 ounces of fluid every 15-20 minutes, or whenever there’s a break or time-out. Tip: One ounce equals about one “gulp.”  So kids need a minimum of 4 GULPS OF WATER EVERY 20 MINUTES!

In high temperatures, kids don’t sweat as much as adults do, so it’s harder for them to cool off. This makes them more at risk for dehydration and heat exhaustion.

There you have it, 29 Fun Water Themed Activities for Kids. Make sure you check out our fun outside games as well.

This page contains Water Facts, Information and Trivia to discuss and/or write about with your students.


is shallow, narrow, natural body of of flowing fresh water confined by opposing earthen banks running in parallel direction with the steam’s flow.  In general, streams run slow enough and are sufficiently shallow and narrow enough to be safely traversed without the aid of watercraft.

is a small, shallow stream with a more rapid current, often characterized by a rough or rocky bed.

is a small, shallow stream of generally slow moving water, often characterized by a smooth or sandy bed.

is a creek that flows intermittently between higher and lower land elevations with varying depth and speed depending upon changing seasonal weather conditions.  An arroyo may transform almost instantaneously from a dry shallow to a swiftly moving body of water.  In dry, mountainous areas, arroyos are often the source of flash floods.

is a larger body of water continuously flowing downhill over considerable distance from smaller upstream sources to a larger downstream reservoir, lake, sea, or ocean.  Rivers are generally deep enough and wide enough to require the use of watercraft.

is a narrower, shallower body of swiftly flowing water connecting two larger, deeper bodies of of water.

is section of fast moving water characterized by a rough, rocky bed and precipitous changes in elevation.  The white water refers to the bubbling, roiling foam that results from the swift water flow twisting and turning over a winding uneven bed.

refers to a shallow basin of still water of less than ten surface acres.  They may occur naturally, but are often man made.

(loch) is a large body of relatively still (usually fresh) water which is nearly or completely surrounded by land.  Lakes may result from the accumulated flow of streams (either above or below ground level), or from mountain or glacial run off.  Lakes are characterized by broad basins and may vary in size from approximately ten surface acres to several hundred square miles of surface area.

is similar to a lake, but is the result of human engineering.  Reservoirs may consist of a natural basin flooded by the deliberate damming or redirection of natural waterways, or they may be entirely manufactured by mechanically pumping water into large lined basins.

is a large body of relatively deep (usually salt) water with limited or no connection to the greater oceans of the world.

is a vast body of salt water forming the interconnected waterway that surrounds the entire world.  Oceans are deep and derive their currents from a complex system variable water temperatures and weather systems borne out of their varying depths and their absorption of the sun’s radiated energy.

Talk to kids about the IMPORTANCE OF WATER AND HOW IT IS USED in our every day lives…
Some things are:

  • For drinking to hydrate our body
  • For cooking/food preparation
  • Washing dishes
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Laundry
  • House cleaning
  • Agriculture
  • Watering lawns and gardens
  • Recreation…swimming, boating, fishing, skiing, etc.
  • Sanitation
  • Fire protection
  • Washing our cars
  • To generate power and to cool electricity-generating equipment

Water Trivia Questions

What is the most common substance found on earth?

Does water regulate the earth’s temperature?
Yes (it is a natural insulator)

At what temperature does water freeze?
32 degrees F, 0 degrees C

At what temperature does water vaporize?
212 degrees F, 100 degrees C

How long can a person live without food?
More than a month

How long can a person live without water?
Approximately one week, depending upon conditions

How much of the human body is water?

How much of the earth’s surface is water?

How much water must a person consume per day to maintain health?
2.5 quarts from all sources  of water and food)

How much water is used to flush a toilet?
2-7 gallons

How much water is used in the average five-minute shower?
15-25 gallons

How much water is used on the average for an automatic dishwasher?
9-12 gallons

On the average, how much is used to hand wash dishes?
9-20 gallons

How much does one gallon of water weigh?
8.34 pounds

What is the weight of water in one cubic foot?
62.4 pounds

How much water drops with an inch of rain on one acre of ground?
27,154 gallons, which weighs 113 tons

Of all the earth’s water, how much is ocean or seas?

How much of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable?

How much of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking water?

Is it possible for me to drink water that was part of the dinosaur era?
Yes – water is constantly recycled

How much water does the average residence use during a year?
Over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outside)

How much water does an individual use daily?
Over 100 gallons (all uses)

How many community public water systems are there in the United States?

How much water must a dairy cow drink to produce one gallon of milk?
Four gallons

How much water is used during the growing/production of almonds?
12 gallons

How much water is used during the growing/production of french fries?
6 gallons

How much water is used during the growing/production of a single orange?
13.8 gallons

How much water is used during the growing/production of a watermelon?
100 gallons

How much water is used during the growing/production of a loaf of bread?
150 gallons

How much water is used during the growing/production of a tomato?
3 gallons

How much water us used during the production of an egg?
120 gallons

How much water does it take to process a quarter pound of hamburger?
Approximately one gallon

How much water does it take to produce one ton of steel?
62,600 gallons

How much water is used to produce a single day’s supply of U.S. newsprint?
300 million gallons

What is the total amount of water used to manufacture a new car, including new tires?
39,090 gallons per car

How much water is used during the growing/production of a chicken?
400 gallons

Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in three forms.
(Solid, liquid and gas)

How much water do these utilities process daily?
38 billion gallons

What does it cost to operate the water systems throughout the country annually?
Over 3.5 billion

How many miles of pipeline and aqueducts are in the United States and Canada?
Approximately one million miles, or enough to circle the earth 40 times

What were the first water pipes made from in the US?
Fire charred bored logs

Where was the first municipal water filtration works opened and when?
Paisley, Scotland in 1832

Of the nation’s community water supplies, what percentage are investor-owned?
15 %

How many households use private wells for their water supply?
More than 13 million

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency

Did you know that World Water Day is March 22 each year?

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