If you want to win at summer, and avoid hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” lament, invest in a backyard sprinkler. It’s an easy, and affordable, way to keep kids cool and occupied.
And while, sure, nothing beats a day at the beach, pool, or water park, there’s also something to be said for a little old-fashioned (and inexpensive) water fun in the backyard. Considering you’ve already got the water blasters, and the water slides, all you need now are the sprinklers for kids. The most fun of which ⏤ from a spinning fire hydrant to a whale with an active blowhole ⏤ we’ve rounded up here. Sure, your kids will get just as wet running through the ‘ole oscilating sprinkler, but that’s not shaped like a beach ball or flower patch now, is it? The fine details add to the drench.
This sprinkler attaches to any garden hose, making it incredibly user-friendly.
Kids in the city have long known the joy of a popped fire hydrant on a sweltering summer’s day. And with this pint-sized plastic fire sprinkler plug, kids in the ‘burbs can too. Known as ‘Splashy”, the free-wheeling johnny pump spins, swirls, and shoots a steady stream of water up to eight feet in the air, ensuring the kids get thoroughly soaked in a matter of minutes.
You know you need a dinosaur yard sprinkler that stands over six feet tall.
This more than six-foot tall Brontosaurus will rain water down upon your kids for some Jurassic-themed backyard fun. After inflating it, you just connect it to your hose. It’s built from PVC.
Not a fan of dinosaurs? Here's a seven-foot elephant sprinkler for you instead.
You inflate this massive, seven-foot tall elephant sprinkler, connect it to your garden hose, and hours of fun ensue.
This automatic sprinkler has three 360-degree rotating arms and 12 built-in nozzles, meaning everyone gets soaked. Fast.
This pulsating lawn sprinkler has three arms, with adjustable spraying angles ranging from 45 to 90 degrees. Adjust as needed, for max soaking potential. It has a weighted base for added stability.
This sprinkler and splash mat is one of Amazon's top sellers.
This handy little sprinkler is made of heavy-duty PVC. It’s 68 inches in diameter, and suitable for younger kids. Your garden hose will power it.
This is an inflatable unicorn sprinkler. Really, it's sort of perfect.
If your child is a fan of mythical creatures, this unicorn sprinkler is for you. It’s four feet tall, and hooks right up to your garden hose.
Behold the cutest sprinkler, from one of our favorite brands.
You can always count on Melissa & Doug to sell high-quality stuff, and the Sunny Patch Blossom Bright is no exception ⏤ it may not be fancy but it’s great at what it does. Set-up wise, it’s pretty much sprinkler dressed up like a cartoon bouquet of flowers, each one of which sprays water up to six-feet in the air depending on the pressure. Bonus: You can bust out a quality “stop and smell the flowers” joke when your kid inevitably gets a face full of water.
You can almost already hear the squeals of delight emanating from the backyard.
Not only does the Hydro Swirl sprinkler spin and spray water, but it also rocks six wild “Tidal Storm Wiggle Tubes” guaranteed to flail around like the snakes on Medusa’s head — ensuring no kid escape its reach.
Every product on Fatherly is independently selected by our editors, writers, and experts. If you click a link on our site and buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission.