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August 20, 2012

Simple Water Play with Balls

Balls and Water in the Play Pool

This summer we have had a blast filling the play pool with different materials for summer sensory fun.  A few favorites include shaving cream, water balloons, colored ice and tempura paint.  Most of the play pool activities I set up are for JZ (5) and J-Bug (3).  I wanted to do something specifically with my 13 month old twins, Tank and Peanut.

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It's amazing how adding one simple element to water play creates a new and exciting play time.

Even J-Bug thought it was cool.  He has requested this every day since we did it a couple weeks ago.  

In fact he grabbed an apple off our tree and relaxed in the play pool while enjoying a healthy snack.

Tank and Peanut played for hours, and we kept the balls in the play pool for a couple weeks, changing the water each time, of course.

Such a simple way to stay cool in the heat of summer.

Peanut  especially enjoyed throwing the balls out onto the grass.

For more summer fun follow my Fun in the Sun board on Pinterest.

Click the images below for more summer fun for babies and toddlers:

Colored Ice in the Play Pool  Water Sensory Bin for Babies  Edible Sensory Paint Recipe


  1. Oh how sweet! I think I really need to buy some balls for the pool!

  2. What a lovely idea to keep cool & have fun at the same time! Thanks so much for adding this to the outdoor play link up, Kierna

  3. What a simple, fun idea...my husband and I were recently talking about how sad it is that our kids won't grow up with big ball pits. I bet my boys would love this!

  4. This is so much fun - it's one of the things we did whenever we had a warm day over the summer - T loves them so much.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week

  5. We turned our pool into a ball pit when it sprang a leak! I know the balls would have been even more fun if it had still held water!

  6. this looks like so much fun! i love those giggles in the first pic :) thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  7. This looks like fun. Great way to get the balls clean as well.(Momma's Fun World)

  8. So fun! Great summer activity. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!


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