How to Set Up a Backyard for Splash Day

by Victoria Thompson
Splash day is a refreshing way to keep cool.

Splash day is a refreshing way to keep cool.

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Create a backyard adventure filled with water and splashing. You do not need to head to the beach or travel very far. Turn your yard into a mini water park with water stations and toys. Splashing keeps kids cool on hot days and provides opportunities for physical activities, coordination and socialization. Invite neighborhood kids and their families to the water celebration. Ask adults to supervise each station if young kids are playing in a larger yard. Kids exert so much energy during splash day, that parents can look forward to a quiet evening while kids sleep.

Items you will need

  • Sunscreen
  • Sun visors
  • Small balloons
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Two wading pools
  • Rubber ducks
  • Beach balls
  • Cups
  • Sprinkler
  • Water hose
  • Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Food coloring
  • Spray bottles
  • Chairs
  • Towels
  • Music
  • Water slide
  • Pump

Set Up Water Stations

Step 1

Designate a grassy area of your backyard that you do not mind being soaked by water. Set up water stations.

Step 2

Give each child sunscreen and a sun visor when playing in bright sunlight.

Step 3

Get small, colorful balloons. Fill each balloon with water. Place the balloons in a cooler filled with ice. Refill the balloons once all have been popped.

Step 4

Fill two small wading pools with water. Place floating toys such as rubber ducks and beach balls in the pool.

Step 5

Attach a sprinkler to a water hose. Turn on the sprinkler once kids are ready for that station. Provide kids with plenty of running and jumping space.

Step 6

Add water and food coloring to small spray bottles to give splash day a unique twist.

Step 7

Set up an inflatable water slide for older kids. Inflate using an air pump before the kids arrive.

Set Up Rest Station

Step 1

Place a table away from the water activities. Fill the table with refreshments such as fruit, finger sandwiches and crackers. Provide bottled water and fruit juice.

Step 2

Set up lawn chairs and towels for a brief resting period. Play music to create a festive atmosphere.

Step 3

Head back into the water for more splashing. Change into cool, dry clothes once finished splashing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only splash water balloons and spray water near legs and feet to avoid injury. Keep buckets of water nearby to refill the pool once all the water splashes out.
  • Separate younger and older kids so activities do not get too rough. Make sure kids do not get too hot outside. Kids should not run to each station since the water may create slippery areas.

About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Victoria Thompson has taught middle school for the past 15 years. She holds a Masters of Education in middle school instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches English daily to English as a second language students.

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