Kids absolutely love water parks, so with the beautiful warm spring weather in full swing here in Australia I thought we would set up our very own Back Yard Water Park. They are a lot of fun for kids, it gets them outdoors and active and also secretly encourages many opportunities for learning.
We set a range of different theme stations for the kids to play and explore, some were more sensory play based and others were imaginative play based. Altogether we had seven water play stations in our Back Yard Water Park.
We were very mindful of not wasting water in our park, so we planned and set up activities that did not require a lot of water. Once we had filled the mini pools and buckets, we did not need any more water. We also kept the water quite shallow in the pools for Miss 2 and once we had finished playing, we watered our gardens and lawn with the left over water.
*Like all activities shared on learning4kids – supervision is required at ALL times*
Water Balloon Pool
One of the pools we set up was a Water Balloon Pool, a sensory play pool which included about 35 balloons filled with water. We did not use the traditional smaller water balloons but instead we used party balloons as they were stronger, less likely to break and lasted longer when being handled. We had a few paddling pools that we had put away from last summer and reused them for our water park. We also purchased 2 cheap pools from our local shop for about $5.
We also had a bucket set up filled with water for my girls to fill their water squirters.
Soapy Slippery Dip
We utilised our backyard slide and placed a small paddling pool underneath filled with water, small amount of bubbles (bubble bath) and some small plastic balls.
Wash a Cubby House
Another water–play based station we had set up in our Back Yard Water Park was to wash the cubby house. We had a bucket of soapy water and giant sponges nearby for the activity. Kids get all soapy, slippery and wet as they wash the cubby house and enjoy the pretend play. The bonus is that the cubby house gets a good clean too.
Shaving Cream Pit
More sensory play but this time with shaving cream! We set up a shaving cream pit in one of our inflatable larger pools and my girls had so much fun slipping and sliding around getting all messy. You do not require a lot of shaving cream for this activity as I have only used one 250 ml bottle, with the wet clothing my girls were wearing help make the shaving cream go further.
Clean Up Pool
Our mini clean up pool was great for washing off most of the shaving cream before jumping into the Water Balloon Pool or Soapy Slippery Slide. It did not keep these pools completely clean but it help to make the water last a lot longer without needing to replace it.
Bringing more imaginative play into our water park with our water and soap play based station that involves washing toy dolls. You could alternatively make this washing up pretend kitchen toy dishes. Kids get all soapy, slippery and wet as they wash their toys and enjoy pretend play.
A quick photo of our Back Yard Water Park before it was open for some serious play. Towards the back we have our Wash a Cubby House, then the Washing Toys station, followed by the Soapy Slippery Dip, Shaving Cream Pit, Clean-Up Pool, Water Squirters Tub and Water Balloon Pool.
You can make your own very special back yard water park by finding and using things that you have around the home. I hope our homemade water park inspires you with some ideas to create your own this summer. Have fun!! 🙂
Learning benefits of a Back Yard Water Park
- Lots of gross motor skills – crawling, sliding, pulling, wriggling and navigating objects.
- Sensory exploration – touching, feeling and looking for a way through.
- Developing movement and coordination
- Building strong bodies: muscles, bones and hearts
- Language development – using repetitive words and descriptive language.
- Loads of fun and laughter!
22 thoughts on “Back Yard Water Park”
Love, love, love this Janice :-). What a great idea for our upcoming summer. I will definitely be trying this out with my Little Miss Two this summer.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks Melinda, it is defintiely something my kids have been asking to do again….. although it looks like we will have to wait aswell for the weather to warm up becasue it is forcasted to rain this weekend and well into next week 🙁 We were extremely lucky to have had that beautiful warm weather when we did this last weekend.
OMGoodness!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I can’t wait to try this next summer with my son! We’ll have to wait a while since it’s November (our wettest month) here in Washington, USA! I’ll so be looking forward to this! Thank you for sharing!
Hi Tonya….all the way over in Washington USA!! 🙂 I am so glad you liked our water park. We have just come through a very wet and cold winter here so I am very thankful for some sunshine. You could possibly try some of these activities in the bath tub. Thank you for your comment xx
Did the shaving cream ever get in their eyes? This looks amazing, but I’m always worried about that…
Good question Aurora, surprising enough my kids did not get any shaving cream in their eyes but I also had a bucket of clean water handy to wash it out if needed. With this kind of activity, I think there is always the risk of this happening. Good luck! 🙂
Again, can I come and live at your place. SO. MUCH. FUN!
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Fabulous Kylie!! haha, that is really weird but I am so glad you found a way 🙂
How much Fun !!!!!! Happy to say my Mr 7 has been doing many of these activities and he is having a ball 🙂
This looks amazing! I bet they had an absolute blast and wanted to do it again and again! What a fabulous summer you will have!
This is truly extraordinary. It must have taken so long for you to set up (that’s all I can think about)
I don’t know any child who wouldn’t enjoy this?
We lack water parks in Melbourne, so this is a great idea for us.
That looks like so much fun. Did you just want to join in? It’s amazing how much fun a bit of water can be. Love the post. Thank you.
So much fun…we have certainly had the weather for it lately!Got to love a shaving foam pit!!
Ok, that is just awesome! Bet your kids thought you deserved the Mum of the Year award after this one!
I am totally doing something similar for the kids soon! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
just absolutely love what you’ve done here! going out today to set this up for my kids (it will keep them occupied today on Christmas Eve!)
I love this setup Janice, especially the water balloon pool. What fun! I’ll be featuring this post as part of my Playing with Balloons roundup. xo Pauline
Love these ideas, but would really like to know where you found the climber/slide unit and club house?! So cute!
I love these ideas and can’t wait to try them! I also included them on my blogs 51 Fun Summer Activities For Families: http://whatsinyourmomgenes.com/51-fun-summer-activities-for-famlilies/
Hi Ashlee, thank you for including our post in your round up of Summer Activities. I will pop over and have a look 🙂
Wow! What a great and fun way to spend the summer with your kids and the whole family! Would definitely try the Shaving Cream Pit because it looks so much fun! Thanks for sharing these. 😀