Summer Activities for Preschoolers (Just Add Water!)

Simple Water Activities for Preschoolers and Their Parents

Are you looking to keep your kids occupied with something other than TV watching and video streaming over the summer? Instead of having them spend hours in front of a device, why not engage them in a few of these summer water activities for preschoolers? They’re an excellent chance to learn something new and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Make sure your little ones avoid putting ingredients like baby oil or shaving cream into their mouth. It’s a good idea to have them wear old clothes that you won’t mind them getting covered in items like food coloring.

Musical Water Xylophone


  • Six small jars
  • Red, yellow, and blue food coloring
  • Measuring cup
  • Xylophone striker

Have one of your little ones use the measuring cup to add different levels of water to each jar. Try filling one jar, then adding less water to the next one in line. Blend different mixes of the food coloring to create various colors for your jars. Stir the dye to allow the color to spread through the water faster. Let your kids take turns striking the jar with the xylophone striker and hear the different tones produced by the varying water levels.

Bath Bubble Experiment


  • Plastic container (yogurt cup or another type)

The bath bubble experiment is a great bath time activity for toddlers. Poke a hole in the bottom of the plastic container, place your finger over the hole, then put it under the water with the open side down until it touches the bottom of the tub. Have your child watch as you take your finger off and let the air bubbles escape.

Hold your child’s hand under the container as you lift the cup back to the surface, allowing them to feel the suction. It’s a great way to show kids how air escapes from various containers. Add to the fun by using different size containers and letting your child see how long it takes for air bubbles to escape each of them.

Examine Thin Ice


  • Containers like small pans or bowls
  • Chopsticks
  • Rocks, small toys, or other additions

Let your preschoolers stay cool while observing ice’s characteristics. Fill your containers with a few inches of ice and place them in the freezer until a thin sheet of ice forms. You want the ice to be anywhere from a quarter to half an inch thick. That keeps it from melting too quickly once your kids start having fun. Let your kids try poking holes and adding different toys, rocks, and other items to the surface. Allow them to gain an understanding of how much weight ice can hold up, and the circumstances that might cause it to break.

Build a Rain Cloud


  • A large plastic jar
  • Non-gel shaving cream
  • Washable watercolor or gel food coloring
  • Droppers
  • Small cups

No summer activities for preschoolers list is complete without building a rain cloud. To build a rain cloud, mix your food coloring and some water into a small cup. Next, fill your jar with water until it is around three-quarters full. Place the jar and cups with food coloring mix cup onto a table. Add a dropper to each cup. Finally, spray some shaving cream into the jar, leaving only a small space at the top.

Have your preschoolers select a dropper from a cup of colored water, then release the color onto the top of the cloud of shaving cream. Observe how the colored water seeps through the shaving cream and into the water like rain.

Observe Oil and Water


  • Food coloring or another washable liquid watercolor
  • Droppers for handling the dye
  • Vegetable or baby oil
  • Clear glasses or plastic cups
  • Small cups for dye

Let your preschoolers indulge their curiosity. Add water to several cups, then mix in various watercolors or food dyes. Add a dropper to each glass or cup of water, then fill each about halfway with your vegetable or baby oil. Allow your preschoolers to play with the droppers, observing how the dye clings to the oil as it separates from the water.

Construct a Leak-Proof Bag


  • Sharp pencils
  • Water
  • Plastic bags capable of sealing

Fill several of the plastic bags with water and then seal the top. Poke a hole in the bag using your pencil, but don’t push it through the bag completely. It’s essential that the lead sticks out on one side and your eraser out of the other. It’s easier to achieve the desired state by holding the bag upright.

Your kids will be fascinated by the fact that the water does not leak out of the bag. Explain how poking the pencil through the bag the way you did kept air from coming into the bag and water from falling out.

Create a Water Cycle Bag


  • Ziploc sandwich bag
  • Colored Sharpie
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Blue food coloring

Explore the water cycle firsthand. Take a Sharpie and draw a sun, rain and clouds on one side of the Ziploc sandwich bag. Add four drops of food coloring to the water, then pour it inside the Ziploc bag. Double-check that the bag is sealed correctly, then tape the bag to a window.

Have your children observe how the water evaporates from the bag over the next few days, then changes back into condensation. Use it as an opportunity to explain how real water absorbs into the grown or evaporates back into the air as part of the natural water cycle.

Fog in a Bottle


  • Jar or bottle
  • Plastic bag
  • Tape
  • Ice cubes

For the last of our summer water activities for preschoolers, fill your bottle or jar with hot water and let it sit for 60 seconds. You, as an adult, should perform this portion of the experiment to avoid any injury to your children. Pour out most of the water, fill the plastic bag with your ice cubes, then place it over the top of the jar or bottle, taping it in place for added security. Have your little ones watch as fog forms inside of the container and talk how water changes form in different temperatures.

The Family of Faith Preschools

These summer activities for preschoolers are an excellent way to bond as a family while teaching some important science and life lessons. Have fun with these or our non-water-based summer fun activities!

At The Family of Faith Preschools, we believe in learning through doing. Children learn through creative and scientific play and use their natural curiosity.

To learn more or schedule a tour of our facilities, contact us.

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