Fun in the sun, with prolific blogger Sherry:
Based on the hack for the water play set, I got inspired and went one step further. I live in an apartment building and though we have a courtyard, we don't have a private yard. We also live on the top floor. I often bemoan our lack of a yard with a pool when it gets hot and humid. Then, after seeing the Rubbermaid container turned play set I went and turned one of ours into a mini pool.
I dumped all the toys out, filled it about half way with cool water, and put it on the balcony. Then I coated my toddler in sunscreen and took her out there with a few cups and a ladle. She sat, quite happily in her makeshift pool, playing in the water, and laughing when I would take a cupful and pour it down her back. When it was time to come in, I simply carried it back inside and dumped the water into the tub, then dried it with a towel. It's much more fun as a pool that a toy box! I also imagine you could buy sand and make a little sand box just as easily. Regardless, my daughter really enjoyed cooling off on a ridiculously hot day!