During the hot summer months it can prove to be a challenge to keep the children occupied and some days it can be so hot outside that we keep them indoors where it is much cooler. After a while it can get pretty boring for the kids inside and a case of cabin fever sets in. Here are some cool ideas that the kids can do outside, they can have fun and get wet at the same time. I know that when my children were young they would have a great time playing in and with water, these are a few of the things that they use to enjoy.
Water Balloon Hop Scotch – This can be great fun and the kids love filling the balloons up with water, they may require some assistance with the tying of the balloons depending on their age. Get a large bucket and fill it part way with water to keep the filled balloons in. Place the bucked in an area that is near an open place where you can use some sidewalk chalk to draw the hopscotch. You can find the sidewalk chalk at the 99 Cent Only Store and I believe they carry the balloons as well. Many of the balloons come with the adapter need for the faucet so the nozzle fits into the balloons. Now all they have to do is use a balloon as their marker. Have each child pick a color so they know which is theirs, they will love watching the balloons burst each time someone throws one.
Musical Buckets of Water – This game is somewhat limited to smaller kids because you will be using those large red, blue and yellow buckets with the rope handles that you can find at many stores I am not sure what the capacity is but a 5 year old would be able to fit inside one. Simply set these in a circle and then fill them with water, have the kids stand behind each one and then let the music begin. Make sure you have one less bucket than children and if needed, break the kids up into groups to accommodate. Simpley turn on some music and have the kids walk around the buckets circling them and when the music stops, they jump into the bucket of water, the one left standing is out.
Water Balloon Toss – This is really cool, I love this game a lot. You will need a small kids pool, the kind you can blow up with your mouth. These usually come in what they call rings and the pool usually is two rings high. Get yourself some plastic circles, you know the kind that is made to throw around in a pool? You will need a new supply of water balloons for the tossing and simply let the rings float, keep stirring up the water occasionally and have them try to toss the balloon into a ring, collecting one each time they hit the target. The one with the most rings wins.
You Everyday Water Balloon Fight – We have all grown up and been in a water balloon fight at one time or another and if you haven’t, now would be a great time to join in the fun. Get one of those large, colorful buckets, fill it part way with water and fill up a whole bunch of water balloons. That is all that is needed, grab a hold of one and toss it at someone and try to hit them with it. Each time you get hit with one, it certainly will be a cool experience. You can even say your out after you have been hit and see who comes out the winner, the last man standing so to speak.
Sprinkler Fun – This is the simplest of all but for really small children it is great fun. Get one of those sprinklers that is about a foot or so wide and it sprays out a big fan of water. Set it out in either the front or back yard and turn it on. Let the kids run back and forth through the water, jumping over the spray. They will a kick out of it, stay cool and your yard gets watered at the same time.
Making sure our kids stay cool during the hot weather is very important and keeping them hydrated is just as important. Make sure when they are playing outside that you keep some water bottles available or even a pitcher of water with some paper or plastic cups where they have access to it. Depending on their age, make sure they are supervised, join in the fun and keep cool yourself, the kids would love to hit you with a water balloon or two, I know mine did.