5 Best Summer Water Toys for the Yard

Summer is here and it’s bringing the heat! Even though I love sunny weather, when I’m playing outside with my kids, I frequently find myself looking for a way to cool off. And my kids too. One of the best ways to cool off and have fun at the same time is with water toys. Outside time in the summer is awesome. There is so much to do and so many ways to have fun. And water toys can be fun for the whole family. They are also typically inexpensive and great for kids of all ages. I’ve gathered intel from my mom friends and picked the best from my own stash to bring you the list of 5 best summer water toys for the yard.

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Best Water Toys for Summer Fun

1. Water Shooters

Sometimes the simplest toys are the best. Water shooters are easy enough for kids as young as three to easily use. And still fun for kids from preschoolers on up through adults. More than once my husband and I have snagged these water toys and ran around like kids spraying each other and our little ones on a hot summer day.

I prefer a water shooter over a water gun or other water cannon because they are so simple. I recommended buying multiples as these are at their most fun when played as a family or with a group of friends. But be warned, if you turn them over to your kids expecting to be a spectator, few kids can resist the urge to take a shot at a mom or dad in dry clothes.

You can buy these in multiples on Amazon. Or if you’re looking for one that will stand up to rougher use, the Aqua Zooka is a good one. I typically buy ours at a dollar store. And replace them as needed for a buck.

2. Kiddie Pool

If you’re going to enjoy some family fun with your water shooters, the best way to refill them is in your kiddie pool! And of course, it’s lots of fun by itself.

The kiddie pool is one of the few toys that reliably keeps my girls busy for more than thirty minutes at a time. They run in and out of it. Splash around. Pretend to be alligators or fish. And we often put our kiddie slide in it for some extra fun.

And don’t count the adults out for being able to enjoy the kiddie pool. There is more than enough room for an overheated mama to sit and splash around in most of them. At least for a minute or two. My personal preference is to stick my feet in while reading a book in a lawn chair. Knowing, of course, I will likely be splashed by the kids. So no library books.

3. Water Table

On the days where it’s not quite hot enough for full submersion in the water. Or the setup, fill up, empty and takedown of the kiddie pool all sounds like too much, I rely on the water table. This popular toy is one multiple moms have recommended to me. And we’ve gotten a lot of use out of ours. I’ve even put a tarp over it and let my kids play in it on a rainy spring.

It’s easily filled with a pot of water from your kitchen. And most bath toys can be thrown in for some added fun. My girls love to take my measuring cups and other kitchen tools out to the water table for imaginary soup making or science experiments.

It’s as much fun as the kiddie pool. With a little less setup hassle and water mess. Although your kids will get plenty wet, so know that in advance.

4. Slip N’ Slide

I have so many fun memories of the crazy Slip N’ Slide rides of my youth, I could hardly wait for my kids to be old enough to enjoy this classic among water toys.

There are a lot of Slip N’ Slide options to choose from. I like one that has a pool of water at the end or at least a bumper. Remembering face fulls of grass and mud from those without one when I was young.

My husband insists these are only truly fun when slipping and sliding down a hill, but he’s more adventurous than me. Or at least less afraid of injury. There is plenty of fun to be had on a Slip N’ Slide ride across flat grass powered by your own steam.

5. Sprinkler

Running through sprinklers will give your kids the thrill of the chase as they run towards the water and run away. Another favorite from my childhood, my girls love a good run through the sprinklers.

There are so many different types of sprinklers to choose from. Sprinklers with padding and gentle rain designed for little ones are fun. But so are giant, turbo spraying lawn watering sprinklers. And everything in between. We’ve been using a three dollar lawn sprinkler for the last few years and the kids have had a blast.

And hey, it’ll help keep your grass green.

Mom and Dad Play Too!

Right now there are so many water toys in my backyard it looks like a low-budget water park. But a really fun one! So, I’m ok with it. My favorite things about all of these water toys is they are fun for groups of kids or entire families to enjoy together. And they are inexpensive and easy to set up. Your kids will love them! And chances are you will too!

Your turn! What are your favorite backyard water toys for summer? Comment below!

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  1. Kristi
    June 29, 2017

    Love all of these! My son loves all things water so I’m sure we’ll be enjoying one or two otf thee fun toys this summer. =)
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  2. Judy Armstrong
    June 29, 2017

    Liz, great blog!

    Inspiring fun stuff, great writing too.


  3. Katie Bressler
    June 29, 2017

    Thank you for these fun summer water activity ideas! My daughter loves the water squirts they have daycare, I may need to get one! Nana has a small splash pad that she really likes too. Anything to keep them cool.

  4. Essence B Underwood
    June 29, 2017

    Great ideas! We usually end up with a million water balloons around but I would love to grab a slip n slide this year!

  5. Jasmine Hewitt
    June 30, 2017

    My son has a kiddie pool at both sets of grandparents house-which in the south is a must have!
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  6. Sprinklers are everything in the summertime! I’ll have to give some of these others a try—they look like things the kiddos would go nuts over. 🙂

  7. Elizabeth
    July 20, 2017

    Thanks for sharing, your ideas are great. Kids and water, my daughter loves to play in the water and I think that one of your ideas will fit.

  8. Nancy Bryant
    November 4, 2017

    Great post! My son loves to spend a lot of time in the water with his kiddie pool, these could be a great addition. Thanks for sharing Liz 🙂

  9. Yes always expect to get wet yourself when arming toddlers with water toys lol! Yay for backyard fun:) #wanderingwednesday

  10. Lori | Choosing Wisdom
    May 24, 2018

    So many fun summer backyard toys! We always loved the slip-n-slide! Great memories!

  11. Marina Ford
    July 1, 2018

    Hi, Elizabeth! Sprinklers and kiddie pools are my family’s favorite! We usually invite relatives and neighbors to come over our yard and play with the kids. Cheers!


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