Water games are a great way to beat the heat and you can do them right in your own backyard. Kids will stay safe and cool, and you won’t have to spend a ton of money to make it all happen. Gather up a few materials, make sure you have access to water, and get to building those fun water games for your kids.
Make a foil river
Using aluminum foil, build a little river that runs into a “pool” made from a storage bowl. Take cups of water and pour them onto the foil, letting it run down. Use plastic bathtub toys in the river and watch them float to the “pool.” This is a game best done with toddler and babies. They will enjoy watching their favorite bath time friends float in the river.
Water balloon wars
Divide the kids into teams and let them pelt each other with water balloons. You can set this up with rules or let it be a free-for all. This is a game best done with older kids, but if you have younger kids you can help them out, too. Make sure you use balloons designed for water use to hold up the handling they will receive.
Water fun obstacle course
Use a kiddie pool and set up an obstacle course where your kids have to run around the course and, at some point, jump in the pool to complete the course. You can use more than one pool, sprinklers, a hose, water guns, and even water balloons to make this course challenging and surprising for younger and older kids.
Duck, Duck Goose kiddie pool
Have the kids sit in a kiddie pool and play Duck, Duck, Goose. Or have them sit outside of the pool in a ring and the pool can be the “safe zone” when the kids jump into it. Either way, it’s loads of fun for kids of all ages.
Water gun targets
Set up targets in the backyard and have kids try to shoot them with water guns. You can also have kids play a game of water gun tag with one another. All you need is a few water guns and space to run! If you want to make it really fun, add in ice cold water instead of regular tap water.
What kind of water games do your kids play during the summer?