15 Beat the Heat Ideas for Outdoor Fun
July 22nd, 2013 posted by Sherri Osborn
During the winter, many people expect to be stuck inside for long stretches of time because it’s too cold outside. In the summer we can run into the same problem because it’s just too hot! Luckily, there are many fun and creative ways you can beat the heat and have fun outdoors. You can make your own sprinkler by recycling a plastic drink bottle, construct a water-filled play mat using plastic sheeting and duct tape, or make a pinata out of water balloons. You are sure to find something your family will enjoy in this “cool” collection.
1. DIY Water Knee Hockey Rink
Discover how easy it is to make a miniature, summer hockey rink out of a tarp.
2. Dunk Bucket
Your family can take turns trying to drench each other with this homemade game.
3. Homemade Water Table
Why buy a boring water table when you can use create one that looks like a fountain.
4. Jell-O Excavation
Freeze small toys in Jell-O or water poured into a Bundt cake pan.
5. Painting with Water
Grab a bucket of water and a variety of brushes and rolls and have fun painting the neighborhood.
6. Plastic Bottle Sprinkler
This homemade sprinkler is a wonderful way to recycle any plastic bottle.
7. Summer Ice Jewelry
Learn how you can cool down by wear ice around your neck.
8. Tin Foil River and Mini Ice Boats
Create your own ice cube boats and see who can sail it down this homemade river the fastest.
9. Tricycle Car Wash
Your family may have as much fun creating this car wash as they will have driving through it.
10. Water Balloon Catch
See who can stay the driest while playing this unique balloon toss game made out of milk jugs.
11. Water Balloon Hunt
Similar to an Easter egg hunt, the kids can hunt for water balloons and then pop them on themselves.
12. Water Balloon Pinata
Here is a fun twist on a common party game.
13. Water Blob
Show your kids how they can walk on water when you make one of these amusing water toys.
14. Water Target Practice
Everyone can take turns shooting down targets using your garden hose.
15. Waterfall Water Wall
Have a ton of fun experimenting with different household items to create your own waterfall.
Hopefully these beat-the-heat outdoor fun ideas will help you keep your family entertained, and cool, during those long summer days. If you are looking for even more great family activities, browse through this collection of 50 Summer Crafts, Recipes and Games.