Heatwaves and cranky kids are no joke. Although the summer break can be lots of fun, no mom wants a house full of cranky kids who are complaining because it’s justĀ too hot to do anything. That’s where these fun activities come in. We’ve found 17 ways to keep kids cool this summer (and they’ll also keep mom happy).

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Make a sponge lei! Wet it and put it around your neck whenever you need to cool down.

Speaking of sponges, have you ever had a sponge bomb fight? They’re more fun than water balloons, because you can reuse them. Here’s a sponge bomb tutorial to learn how to make them.

Traveling with baby? Attach a battery operated fan to the stroller to keep heat at bay. That’s genius!

Fill a bucket with water, freeze it, and let your kids use various methods to melt it. Pour water, use salt, try a magnifying glass to direct heat… fun AND a learning experience all in one!

If you don’t mind a little DIY project, your kids will go nuts for this DIY Kiddie Car Wash. How much fun will it be taking the cozy coupes through that thing?

Water balloon bash is crazy fun! Blindfold the kids and let them take a whack at water balloon pinatas overhead.

Use food coloring to make colored ice cubes, and let your kids experiment with mixing the colors in a large container of water (while playing with their bath toys, of course)!

Make a reusable stroller cooling pad to keep babies and tots cool when you’re enjoying the outdoors this summer.

Create a backyard water wall using materials you already have around the house. It only takes about 20 minutes to put together, but it provides hours of fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

Make a pool noodle sprinkler. It’s more fun than a regular sprinkler because there’s a longer sprinkler for all the kids to run and jump over. Plus, the kids can help you make it, and that always increases the fun factor!

Sail mini ice boats down a tin foil (or pvc pipe) river. Repeat until the boats melt. That’s a sure way to cool things down.

Or you can do the same thing with soap and a piece of gutter. Soap boat races are great fun for little ones.

How low can you go? No matter how low, you’re still going to get soaked with this DIY sprinkler limbo game. This is our favorite!

Make a DIY sprinkler with an empty soda bottle and some hose adapters. The kids will have so much fun with this.

Create a giant frog pond for pretend play. Not only can you teach your kids about the frog life cycle, but with a little bit of water and a big blue tarp, your kids will enjoy hours of fun in the “pond.”

Or keep things simpler with a giant splash pad made out of the same blue tarp. A little bit of water, some balls and a sprinkler, and your kids will splash around happily for quite a while.

Attach a pool noodle to a water hose and see the fun activities your kids come up with. From throwing it up in the air to washing toy cars, they’re sure to come up with something creative.

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