5 Great Water Games For Kids
5 Great Water Games For Kids. Mr. Thermometer is finally cracking 90, and the backyard hose will be constantly running until the first freeze of Fall. Splash pads are out of the question, as are the neighborhood pools. So our backyard’s desirability has a sudden urgency. So, when the allure of our cheesy above-ground pool (my sister Jenne calls it the “White Trash Oasis”) runs thin, I’m placating my kids with these ideas.
Five Great Water Games For Kids
- Water Balloon Toss. In pairs, begin facing each other with one water balloon. Each time the balloon is tossed and caught, the catcher takes one step backward. Pairs can see how far apart they get. When the water balloon is dropped, grab another one and try again.
- Sponge Pass. Everyone sits down in a line facing forward. At one end is a bucket full of water with a large sponge. At the back of the line is an empty bucket. The object of the game is to get as much of the water from the front bucket to the back. Each player passes the sponge over their heads to the person next to them. When it reaches the back, the last person must squeeze the water into the bucket – hands still over his head – and pass the sponge back to the front.
- Duck, Duck, Splash. Just like the old school Duck, Duck, Goose, everyone begins by sitting in a circle. One person stands and walks around the circle tapping the shoulder or head of the other players and shrieks “duck!” Then that player gets to picks one person as goose- but this goose gets water poured from a cup poured over his head. The goose stands and chases the water offender one time around the circle. If she’s tagged, that person goes again. If the player reaches the empty spot and sits down before he gets tagged, the goose is passed the cup of water, which is refilled, and they become the new “it”.
- Cup Relay. Everyone stands in a line behind an empty bucket. A full bucket is placed further away. The first person in line runs to the full bucket with a cup in hand and attempts to get as much water into the empty bucket then passes the cup to the next person in line. You can also have two teams play to see who can get the most water in their empty bucket.
- Water Pinatas. Hang a large balloon full of water from a tree branch, blindfold the kids, and let them have at it. One child at a time with one stick! You might need to give the occasional helpful push to keep them from braining the other kids, but this one has been my kiddo’s favorite. The pinata isn’t pouring out candy, but the blast of water can feel like a water cannon, and it feels amazing.