Print this page Soaking Up the Fun of Water Play

Hot town, summer in your neighborhood. If you’re looking for ways to survive a sweltering afternoon with the kids, think a-splishing and a-splashing. Getting good and wet is always a welcome antidote to a long, steamy day—and it can be loads of fun for all ages.

Sometimes the most memorable moments of summer happen right in your backyard with ‘toys’ as simple as a garden hose. Let your children enjoy these hot days while they last. Go ahead and let them get wet and dirty! Isn’t that what summer is for?

Kids are naturally drawn to water play, and it’s a great way to get them outdoors. It engages them in the physical play they so urgently need in our era of television and computer overload, and it also helps them develop their sensory acuity, their social and emotional skills, and their imagination.

There are many ways for kids and families to immerse themselves in a water-logged day. Of course, a trip to the beach, local pool, or water park is an obvious cool-down strategy. But if you don’t have the time or a nearby facility for a day in the water, there are plenty of quick and easy ways for kids to enjoy water play in your backyard or the neighborhood park.

One of the great things about water play is that it is so accessible to most families. Children can play quite happily in the water with common household items like clean dishpans, meat basters, paint brushes, plastic jugs, pots and pans and more.

Of course, safety is always a big concern when kids play in or around water. It is essential that parents or caregivers carefully supervise children when they play with water. And don’t forget a good dose sunscreen and a hat to protect your child’s delicate skin from the sun.

Water play can be a welcome respite to kids and parents tired out by weeks of uncomfortably hot summer days. Just jump in and enjoy it, recommends Playing for Keeps. The whole family can have fun while cooling down.

Another piece of advice for moms and dads: don’t keep your children inside because you don’t want to deal with the mess when they are done playing. One of the great things about summer water play is that cleaning up can be part of the fun. Just hose down dirty kids before they come inside and keep a stack of big, thirsty towels by the door. Remember, it’s all part of giving them a healthy, memorable childhood they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Provided By Susan J. Oliver, Tropomedia
This information is provided on behalf of the toy experts at your
neighborhood toy store.

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