Five Great Water Games For Kids. It’s been 2 months since Mr. Thermometer cracked 80, and the backyard hose will be constantly running until the first freeze of Fall. My MacLeanie in particular loved water with a furious passion. So, when the allure of our cheesy above-ground pool (my sister Jenne calls it the “White Trash Oasis”) runs thin, I’m plactating 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 backwards. Pairs can see how far apart they get. When the water balloon is dropped, grab another one and try again!
- Sponge Pass. Have everyone sit down in a line facing forward a bucket full of water with a large sponge. At the back of the line place 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 behind them. When it reaches the back, the last person must squeeze the water into the bucket (again over her/his head) and pass the sponge back to the front.
- Duck, Duck, Splash. As in Duck, Duck, Goose, everyone begins sitting in a circle. One person stands and walks around the circle tapping the shoulder or head of the other players gently and says “duck”. Then s/he picks one person as goose, but does not say “goose”, instead s/he pours a small amount of water from a cup onto the goose. The goose stands and chases “it” one time around the circle. If s/he is tagged, that person goes again. If the player reaches the empty spot and sits down before s/he gets tagged, the goose is passed the cup of water, which is refilled, and s/he becomes 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 swing away (supervised, of course). While it may not spill candy, it’s sure to bring out squeals and giggles as it cools down a crowd.
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