Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Water Park!

Valerie is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador
This recipe for creative play and water fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen.

Enjoy exploring water play with your kids!

During this crazy heat wave, the kids have been enjoying lots of water play! Water play is not only great for imaginary playtime fun, but it also helps to keep the kids cool! So when my girls asked to build a mini water park in the backyard, they didn’t have to twist my arm.

We found an old round sled from the garage, and filled it with water to use as a mini pond. A few pool noodles, while not necessary, added to the “water park” feel when arched over the top! They were held in place with bamboo skewers in the ground, and the holes of the pool noodles lined up over the skewers.

Clara thought these little Maritime Mates Boats from Melissa & Doug were just the cutest, and she could not wait to play with them!!

We thought maybe these little boats would like some passengers. I mean, what would a water park be without passengers, right?

So we took our bag of bugs for several fun-filled rides! The boats link together easily to form the perfect water parade. The girls loved using the spray bottle to make sure the bugs got wet on their water ride adventures. Of course, they managed to spray each other with water too!

There were lots of smiles and giggles! Isn’t that what creative play is all about?

Hold on tight, bugs! Weeeeeeeeeee!!! What sort of mini water park will you build? A water slide, a pool, or maybe a water parade?

Have fun!!

Valerie Deneen: Blog Ambassador for Melissa & Doug from InnerChildFun.comValerie Deneen is the author of  Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.


  1. What creative imagination!! Great job!

  2. Those are some very brave bugs!

  3. I really appreciate sharing this great post. The different water games are just amazing to enjoy.

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