Beat the Heat: 10 Ideas for Kids to Play Outside

By Paula Solis Krock

It’s August and it’s hot! Beat the heat with these 10 ideas for young children.

  1. Paint brushes, buckets and water: young children love to paint anything! Give them a bucket and some water and let them get to work on sidewalks, deck railings, themselves!
  2. Homemade popsicles: Whip up some homemade popsicles; they don’t have to be one size, use some of those children’s cups and have eat them with a spoon: Here is a Strawberry and Cream dairy free recipe from Coconut Mama:


3 cups organic strawberries

1 can full fat coconut milk

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons raw honey

  1. Splash Park! They are everywhere! Check your local listing and get there early before the crowds do!
  2. Backyard sprinkler. Don’t forget, for a three year old a backyard sprinkler IS a waterpark! Enjoy the simplicity!
  3. Inside tunnel fort with fan and bed sheet (heavily guarded by a gatekeeper who keeps fingers away from danger). Use books to line the sides for a tunnel.
  4. PVC pipe waterpark. This is easy! Go to your hardware store, pick up PVC pipes and elbow, assemble, drill holes and attach hose! For older kids, let them do the hard work and assembly!
  5. Tubs of water and plastic indoor toys. Use a big Rubbermaid tub with an inch of water, and then add plastic animals, cars, Legos! They can sit in the tub and play too.
  6. Bowls and cups and pans: Fill full of water and let them pour and splash. Great for hand-eye coordination!
  7. Mud pit! Have an area in your yard with splinter free-dirt? Fill it full of water and make it a mud pit, mud pie haven.
  8. The bathtub! Let your child or children take a long cool bath with some interesting (but safe) Tupperware or gadgets from the kitchen.
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