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From sprinklers to splash pads, these water toys are perfect for backyard fun

Turn your backyard into the ultimate water park.
Dad with son and daughter having fun with water
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Built-in pools are a luxury during warmer months, especially for kids. But if you don't have your own pool and don't feel like taking a trip to the beach, you’ll have to get creative.

With a little bit of yard space and a water hose, you can provide hours of screen-free entertainment for the kids with water toys and sprinklers. From giant unicorns and dinosaurs to splash pads for the younger kids, getting drenched will be every kid's favorite activity this summer.

We found some of the best options on the internet to bring the fun right to your backyard. Shop the best sprinklers, water games and slip and slides — and get ready for the whole family to enjoy your backyard this summer.

Sprinklers for kids

Joyin Inflatable Unicorn Sprinkler

Create a mystical adventure for your kids with this inflatable giant unicorn that sprays water from its magical horn.

Sun Squad Wet & Wild Light Show Sprinkler

There's nothing wrong with cooling off during a hot summer evening. Fortunately, this Target option has got you covered when dusk hits since its dome lights up (with 3 AAA batteries, included with your purchase).

Funboy Inflatable Backyard Rocketship Sprinkler

Prepare for takeoff! This adventurous sprinkler from Funboy will not only put stars in your littlest astronaut's eyes, but it also has four water sprays for 360 degrees of fun.

Inflatable Rainbow Arch Sprinkler

This inflatable rainbow sprinkler will add a pop of color and a dash of magic to any yard. The rainbow is anchored with plush white clouds and includes pockets to hold water or sand for stability.

GoFloats Giant Inflatable Giraffe Sprinkler

Bring the zoo right to your home with this seven-foot-tall inflatable giraffe sprinkler. Despite its size, it doesn’t take long to inflate and delivers a wide, even spray.

Tidal Storm Hydro Swirl Sprinkler

This hydro swirl spinning sprinkler encourages kids to jump around the yard, dodging water coming from all directions. Plus, several Amazon shoppers noted how much fun dogs have with this unpredictable option!

Joyin Mega Melon Ball Jumbo Sprinkler

This jumbo watermelon sprinkler is cute and festive for the summer. It’s made with durable, UV fade-resistant material and is great for all ages.

Inmua Trampoline Sprinkler

If you own a trampoline, consider creating your own water park with this sprinkler. According to the brand, it can reduce the temperature on your trampoline by 25 degrees. It also has an adjustable switch to control the water flow and comes with two different bands to accommodate a trampoline shell of any size.

Poolmaster Caterpillar Sprinkler

If you have a narrow backyard, the caterpillar water sprinkler could be a good option since it’s thin but long. Your kids can swerve around the caterpillar’s body while enjoying a refreshing splash of water.

Melissa & Doug Splash Patrol Sprinkler

This smaller sprinkler toy is designed for kids from three to six years old and promotes active play and coordination.

Banzai T-Rex Mondo Sprinkler

If they're into dinosaurs, this colorful inflatable T-rex will get the backyard fun going.

Splash pads for kids

Minnidip Fruit Slice Splash Pad Sprinkler

This citrusy splash pad from Target is just as fun to play on as it is to look at. Shoppers also say it's so big, you could fit several small children on it.

Step2 Water Bug Splash Pad

Perfect for your favorite little water bug, this shallow splash pad is made with a sturdy plastic for long-term durability and play.

SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler Splash Pad

This popular Amazon splash pad doubles as an educational toy. It's emblazoned with animals and letters of the alphabet, so your little one can soak up some knowledge and fun in the sun.

Growsland Sprinkler Splash Pad

This splash pad provides enough room for up to four kids to play at the same time and features cute cartoon sea animals like dolphins, seahorses, jellyfish and more.

Jasonwell Sprinkle & Splash Play Mat

This larger splash mat gives kids the opportunity to lay or sit in the big mouth of a printed shark while they cool off on a hot day.

Slip and slides for kids

Jambo 20' Double Slip Splash and Slide

Double the sprinklers, double the fun! Currently Amazon's bestseller lawn water slide, this option spans 20 feet long, features a double-sided sprinkler system and comes with two body boards for impromptu racing.

Intex Surf 'N Slide Shark Water Slide

Open wide! Recommended for ages 6 and up, this inflatable water slide is about as fun as it gets, aesthetically speaking. It also features a cushy landing pad for a safe trip down.

"Not only is it adorable, it's darn durable considering the daily use it has been taking and the extreme heat conditions we are having out here," one verified shopper said.

Joyin Slip and Slide with Bodyboard

The original Slip ‘n Slide is a classic that every kid should enjoy. This one includes a bodyboard to make every ride a fast and fun one.

Bunch O Balloons Water Slide Wipeout

Combine the thrill of a water slide and splashing into a pile of water balloons for the ultimate water balloon fight.

HearthSong Inflatable Water Slide with Speed Boards

Designed to be paired with a cool arch sprinkler, this 12-foot inflatable water slide comes with two speed boards to make slipping and sliding that much more fun.

Sprinkler toys and games

Hasbro Twister Splash

"Such an amazing idea, turning Twister into a sprinkler mat!" one verified Amazon shopper said about this summery take on the classic childhood game. They're sure to have hours of fun twisting and turning around cooling spritzers until school starts back up.

Sun Squad Backyard Play Hopscotch Sprinkler

Who needs chalk when you can play hopscotch on a sprinkler? All you'll need to do is attach any standard garden hose to the side for the summertime fun to begin.

HearthSong Inflatable Tire Run with Sprinkler

Get your kids active with this inflatable tire run that includes eight tires on a one-piece sprinkler. It’s over 14 feet long and includes four ground stakes to keep it in place.

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