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10 Best DIY Water-Play Ideas for Kids

DIY sprinklers, ice excavation, fresh ideas for water guns, super sponge balls and more

Published on: July 18, 2023

10 Best DIY Water-Play Ideas for Kids

Ice excavation water play idea for kids
Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

Ice excavation

Freeze plastic toys into blocks of ice for kids to excavate! To prepare this water play activity, fill plastic cups or small food storage containers about two-thirds full with water, and then drop one or two small toys into each container. Freeze each filled container until the water is a solid block of ice, then remove the ice blocks and place them outside in a large plastic bowl or metal baking dish. Now, let preschoolers figure out how to get the toys out of the ice.

Offer options such as squirt guns filled with warm water, salt or cups of warm water. Older kids can chip away at the ice with metal forks or butter knives. For a fun twist, try tinting the water blue with food coloring and using ocean-themed toys, or pair green water with tiny dinosaur toys. 

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