What with droughts and water restrictions, playing under the sprinkler in the backyard is a disappearing childhood moment where we live, but there are so many fun ways you and your kids can play with water in the backyard!
These fun water games are a great way to get everyone outside and enjoying the warm weather!
We don’t have a town water supply. We rely on rain water collection and a bore with a windmill, so we are not governed by local water restrictions. So when it rains and our tanks are full we sometimes splash out and let the kids play under the sprinkler on a warm afternoon. This simple water play activity is so much fun, and a great way to cool off on a hot day, but there are lots more fun water games you can play outside with your kids!
Fun Water Games to Play Outside.
Here are four fun water games you can play outside with your kids when the weather is warm!
Water Balloon Dodgeball
Water balloon dodgeball is a fun game that’s perfect for a hot day. Divide your family into two teams, and use water balloons instead of balls. The objective of the game is to hit players on the opposing team with water balloons, without getting hit yourself. Start off with all players wearing a dry shirt so it’s easy to see when they have been hit! The team with the last person standing wins. If you don’t want to use water balloons you can also use cups of water to toss at people as you run past!
Slip and Slide
A slip and slide is a classic summer activity that everyone will love! You can buy a commercial slip and slide set, or simply set up a long plastic sheet on the grass, and spray it down with water to create a slippery surface. Setting up on a slight slope if you have one works best, and you can add a little biodegradable dish soap if you need some extra slipperiness!
Drip Drip Drop!
This game is just like the classic ‘Duck Duck Goose’. Everyone sits in a circle and one player walks around the outside of the circle until they choose someone to race them back to the empty spot. But instead of saying ‘duck duck duck goose’ the player walks around the outside of the circle holding a cup of water and says ‘drip, drip, drip…’ putting a drop of water on each persons head. When the choose someone to race they say ‘drop!’ and dump the remaining water from the cup onto the chosen head and then race around the circle to see who gets back to the empty spot first.
Squrt tag is a fun twist on the classic game of tag or tiggy. Give each child a water gun or other water squirting apparatus, and choose one person to be “it.” The objective of the game is to tag other players with your water gun, while avoiding getting tagged yourself. The last player standing wins. Again starting the game with dry shirts helps everyone know when someone has been tagged. You can have the tagged/wet people sit out and the winner is the last person who is still dry!
There are plenty of fun water games you can play outside with your kids in the summer. These four games are just the tip of the iceberg. So, grab your swimsuits, fill up your water balloons, and get ready for some fun in the sun!
More Ways to Play Outside.
For even more fun and easy ways to get your kids playing outside, try one of these ideas: