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25 ideas for summer play - bubble snakes, sidewalk checkers, sponge bombs and more!   (Part of a regular play theme series - a new theme with lots of activities, books, etc. each month)

Playtime Cheat Sheet No. 3: Warm Weather Play

It’s June – Hello Summer! This month’s playtime cheat sheet is all about playing in warm weather and it’s got something for everyone.  Without further ado, here’s Alli with a fun DIY sprinkler project and 24 more great ideas.

I’m so happy to be back sharing some of our favorite ways to play in the warm Summer weather!

I love Summer. But then again, who doesn’t? Kids do… for obvious reasons. But adults too (because I have a theory that Summer actually brings out the kid in all of us).

We had our first pool day of the season a few days back, so I decided to add some extra fun to the occasion by making a “soda bottle sprinkler” for my two-year-old.

Playtime Cheat Sheet No. 3: Warm Weather Play

To make one, all you’ll need is one empty soda bottle. Any size or color will work, but  keep in mind the larger the bottle, the bigger the effect.

Once our bottle was empty, I used a large sewing needle to poke holes throughout the bottom half. No pattern necessary, but I decided to keep my holes in straight lines for more even “sprinkling.”
That’s it! Easy as pie. Then it’s off to the pool to play. Just leave the lid off, fill, and enjoy the sprinkler fun. So simple, yet it entertained my little guy for an hour straight.


You can also attach a garden hose to the bottle for constant sprinkling. Just attach the hose with duct tape, and hang over a nearby tree or fence post.  Such a quick and easy summer project, and a perfect way to kick off our warm weather playtime cheat sheet!
Here are a few other ways to play…


Activities and DIY’s


Indoor DIY’s (for when it’s just too hot)


Toys and Books to Help


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Alli is wife to Michael, mommy to Isaiah and friend to their furry one, Hershey girl. Her passion lies in being a Mom and finding ways to bring creativity to life with her family. You can visit her blog (You have your blog, we have Aars) for ideas, activities, inspiration and more.

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Steph June 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

I’d love to see the link about a toddler car wash but it seems to be pointing to a post about sidewalk paint. What’s the right link? Thanks :)


Steph (MPMK Founder) June 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

Sorry about that – all fixed!


Melissa @ Bless this Mess June 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Hey! Thanks so much for including my popsicle recipe… perfect for mom and kids alike. Now I want another batch of those :)


Rebecca June 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

i love your website so much it is great!!
you have so many cool ideas
can you do one on what to do at a sleepover


Steph (MPMK Founder) June 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Love that idea Rebecca! Will definitely file it away for the future 😉


KIDZSTORE June 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thanks for giving us summer play ideas. Our children get boring very easily. They will enjoy the game.


ESK July 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm

What a great compilation of ideas. I shared one of your photos on a recent blog post and have linked back to your site. I’ve attached the link in case you’d like to read it!


Rebecca Cooper July 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Such a great post! Thanks for featuring our sidewalk chalk checkers! :)


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