Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beat the Boredom – Fun Water Activities

It's that time of the summer.  The time where I am ready for the kids to go back to school, out of ideas and tired.  Anyone else have the same problem? Well, today was a little cooler here in AZ.  I think it was 104 and perfect for water games.  Unfortunately, the public high school pools are now closed and our backyard is void of one. I came up with a few SUPER FUN water games for the kids to keep them busy.  They are all using common items I have around the house.  I think you and your kids will LOVE these! 1.  Shave the Beard. Materials Needed: Shaving Cream Squirt Bottle You can play this as a contest between two team, or just for fun! Squirt some lather in their hands and let them spread it on their face.  (I would suggest not in the mustache area as it can drip in their mouth. Yuck!)
Using the squirt bottle, have their brother/sister/friend squirt it off their face.
2.  Body Painting Supplies needed: Bath crayons or bath paint Let them have a ton of fun coloring/painting all over their bodies.
Then, using a hose, spray them until it all comes off.  For a little more added fun, I ask them to guess a color I am thinking of.  Whoever guesses the color gets sprayed.  They love this!
3.  Soggy Pants Supplies Needed: Sweat pants Bucket of water The first person in line throws the pair of pants into the bucket of water (about 10 feet away).  They run up to the pants, put them on and run back to the line.  Repeat with the following kids. This can be done as a relay using two pair of pants, we just did it as one team for fun.
My little one needs to wear a hat all the time outside because of a scar, but she still had a ball and played with the big kids!
4.  Duck Duck SPLASH
Supplies Needed:
Sponge 
Bucket of water
We did this at a water scout activity a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was so fun!
Just play duck duck goose and instead of goose, the child wrings out the sponge over the chosen's head and yells, "Splash!"
5.  Rainy Day Relay Supplies Needed: 2 paper cups with holes poked in them all over 4 buckets or large containers for water.  2 full, 2 empty Have the kids line up in two lines by the 2 empty buckets.  In relay style, have them run across to the other bucket (full of water.)  Fill the cup, and holding it over your head run back to your empty bucket.  Dump whatever water is left into the empty bucket.  Hand the cup to the next person in line.  Continue over and over.  At the end of a predetermined time, see which bucket is more full!
I hope you all get outside and enjoy your summer!

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