It’s only the middle of May, but it’s supposed to get over 100 degrees this week. Mother Nature seems to be confused. While we typically don’t see temperatures in the triple digits until July, I suppose summer has come early this year. What a great time to play some outdoor water games with the kids! Here are six fun summer water games.
#1 Water Cup Race
Have kids fill up small paper cups with water. To make sure things are fair, you can use a permanent marker to make a line on the inside of the cups and fill the cups up to the line. Then, have them hold the cup on the palm of their hand and walk across the yard or other open space. You can do the first race with only a little bit of water in the cup. Then, fill it up halfway and, finally, almost full. The winner is the person with the most water in the cup.
#2 Sponge Relay
I used to play this game with my upper grade students at the end of the school year. It’s a great way to have fun and cool off on a hot day. This is best to play with at least six kids. For each team, you will need two plastic buckets and one big sponge. For each team fill up one bucket with water and leave the other empty. Have the buckets about 50 feet away. The object of the game is to use the sponge take the water from one bucket and squeeze it into the other bucket. Then, the child runs back and throws the sponge into the first bucket and the next person in line goes. Mark a point inside the bucket with a dark permanent marker. The team who fills the bucket to the line first wins.
#3 Water Ball Toss
Playing a game of catch is fun. Playing a game of water ball catch is even more fun. First, submerge some water bombs in water. Then, back away and see how many times you can toss the ball back and forth without dropping it. This one is great for little kids.
#4 Dodgeball Soak
Make a dodgeball court out of small cones. Then, put several plastic buckets full of water along the perimeter. Give your kids sponge balls and allow them to try hitting each other with the water-soaked sponge balls. Remember to apply the rules of “don’t hit anyone above the waist.” When a person is hit, they are out of the game. You can also do this with water balloons.
#5 Ice Cube Race
As with any race, it’s good to mark the start and end point with small cones. Give each child a large spoon and an ice cube! It’s fun to put food coloring in the ice cubes so they are easy to see. Kids can walk from point A to point B. If they drop the ice cube, they have to start from the beginning again. This game is best with kids over three.
#6 Bubble Blast
I bought some inexpensive, small spray bottles and filled them up with water. Then, we turned on our bubble machine and let the kids try to pop the bubbles with the water from their spray bottles. Turn the nozzle to stream and see how many bubbles your kids can pop. If you don’t have a bubble machine, you can also blow bubbles for your kids to blast.
The next time it gets hot and your kids want to cool off, try one of these fun summer water games. Remember, water makes things slippery, so proceed with caution! Wearing rash guards with UPF will help protect your kids from harmful UV rays too.
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