Growing up, my street always had a block party. Along with eating plenty of food and watching the fireworks, we played a lot of games. Volleyball, a water balloon toss and friendly games of catch were some of the activities. While I haven’t masterminded a 4th of July block party on my street, I have come up with several outdoor Fourth of July games that would be fun for any party or gathering.
Red, White and Blue Water Balloon Toss
Living in Southern California, I’m used to the temperature almost always being in the high 90s to low 100s. Thus, water games are a must for the 4th! Rather than simply using multicolored balloons, fill up red, white and blue water balloons. I guarantee it will make your balloon toss much more festive.
Stars and Stripes Tic Tac Toe
This simple variation of X and Os is sure to be a hit with kids. Simply take some flat river rocks and use chalk to make red and white stripes on half of the rocks. Then, use blue chalk to make stars on the other rocks. Draw a simple tic tac toe board in red, white and blue chalk and see who can get three in a row first.
Water Blast Game
This game involves using a hose to knock down water bottles. First, I grabbed some empty water bottles and took the labels off. Then, I used a nail polish remover pad to remove the rest of the label. Finally, I ran the bottle under hot water and used dish soap and a sponge to remove any sticky residue. Next, took a variety of different red, white and blue materials to fill the bottles. Tissue paper squares work well because they cling to the sides of the bottle. Cotton balls, felt or beads are some other materials you can use. Next, I put foil stars on the outsides of the bottle. To play the game, line up the bottles on a table. Then, give kids a hose with a sprayer on it (turn it to jet). Have kids stand behind a designated line and allow them to knock down the bottles with the spray. To have kids compete against each other, you could also use a soaker type squirt toy for them to use to knock down the bottles. Whoever knocks down the bottles first wins.
These outdoor 4th of July games are sure to be a hit with your friends and family!
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