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11 outdoor games to keep kids cool this summer: From splash play mats to water guns

How to keep the kids happy over summer...

Sophie Hamilton
Parenting Editor
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The UK weather is delivering this summer, which means kids are all out in the garden having fun. Perfect for keeping your little ones entertained – and cool – we've rounded up the best outdoor games and water games to buy on Amazon right now.

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From splash play mats and water guns to swings, climbing domes and sports sets, make the most of the sunshine!

Splash beach ball

water ball

It's a giant splash ball that attaches to your hose to make a sprinkler affect - what's not to love? Oodles of fun for kids and adults alike.

Banzai splash beach ball, £9.99, Amazon


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Splash Play Mat

sprinkler mat

It's like a sprinkler, but better. Just plug the mat into a garden hose and watch the kids have a ball running and jumping in the water together.

VATOS Updated Splash Play Mat, £26.99, Amazon


Whale Shape Sprinkler Water Toy

whale sprinkler

They'll love this whale-shaped sprinkler, which features six colourful swing tubes that blast water. 

Whale Shape Sprinkler Water Toy, £17.99, Amazon


Giant Bubble Making Kit


Everyone loves bubbles right? The kids will have so much fun creating huge bubbles with this set from Toyland. Definitely for outdoors only! 

Toyland Giant Bubble Making Kit, £7.90, Amazon


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Gvoo Water Guns

water guns

You can't beat a good water fight in the garden and these long shooting pistols are ideal. Play with them at home, in the park, wherever!

Kiztoys Water Gun (pack of 2), £18.99, Amazon


Metal Climbing Dome

climbing frame

Kids just want to climb – it's a fact – and this metal done by Plum is the perfect addition to the garden. A great investment that will entertain them all summer and beyond.

Plum Metal Dome Deimos, £99.99, Amazon


Outdoor trampoline


Bounce, bounce, bounce! This 8ft trampoline with safety net enclosure is just the thing to burn off some energy. So many trampolines are sold out right now – get this one while you still can.

PlayActive Trampoline, from £179.99, Amazon


Kids Badminton Set

badminton set

We love this set of paddles, and four badminton birdies – perfect for developing coordination skills and perfect for taking to the park or beach too.

Yimore Kids Racket Set, £15.99, Amazon


Double Swing


Every child likes a swing and this double swing and glider is a fantastic addition to the garden. Bring the park to your house!

Hedstrom Double Swing, £114.32, Amazon


Zoingo Boingo

bouncing toy

What's a Zoingo Boingo I hear you ask? Well, it's this very cool toy which is a cross between a pogo stick and a space hopper – genius. The toy lets you jump and spin on concrete and grass.

Zoingo Boingo, £23.99, Amazon


Cardboard Playhouse

cardboard house

This is such a brilliant idea. The colour-your-own playhouse is bound to keep the kids busy for hours as they paint the house just as they want it.

Cardboard Playhouse, £43.95, Amazon


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