Finally, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy! When the kids are out of school, it can be tricky to keep everyone busy and happy. Water games are a great way to pass the time and enjoy the summer. Honestly, kids have a great time if you just fill up a small sized pool or two or three, throw in some sprinklers and maybe some buckets and they’ll take care of the rest. But if you’re hosting a party, reunion, or crave a fresh idea, here are 12 outdoor water games that will keep kids cool and content.
If you have a medium to large size swimming pool:
Beach Ball Bumper Pool: Give each one beach ball. They must balance themselves on their ball with their arms hugging the ball and locked. On go, the players will swim around in this position trying to push others players against any rope or wall of the pool. If any player touches a rope or wall, loses his balance or uses his arms, they are out of the game.
Greased Watermelon Polo:“Grease up” a full-size watermelon with Vaseline or shortening. At the referee’s signal or when the watermelon hits the water, and players attempt to move the watermelon, without lifting it out of the water, to the opposing team’s wall/side. They can push it, grab and swim/run with it or propel it through the water. If one team gets the watermelon to touch the opposing team’s wall they score a point. If a point is scored, add more grease and start again!
Shark & Mermaids:One person is chosen to be the shark and the others are mermaids. When the shark says go, the mermaids must try to make it across the pool and back. If the shark tags them, they are frozen and it is up to another (unfrozen) mermaid to unfreeze them. The mermaids win if they each make it across the pool and back. The Shark wins if everyone is tagged and frozen.
No swimming pool required:
Fill the Bottle:On each team, one person lays on ground while holding a plastic pop bottle on their forehead. Teammates run to bucket to fill up their cup then they attempt to pour it into teammates pop bottle while standing over head. Continue in relay style until the bottle is filled.
Jump Rope Water Splash: While two players twirl a large jump rope, jumpers one by one are to attempt three consecutive jumps while holding onto a cup of water and trying to do let any water spill. The child that has the most water left is the winner. Keep playing until only one person has water left in their cup.
Over/Under Game: Divide the group into two teams forming a single file line facing the persons head next to them. Place a bucket or bowl at the beginning and end of each line. Give a sponge to the person at the head of the line and fill their bucket with water (the end bucket is still empty). The first person has to dip the sponge in the water and pass the soaking wet sponge over their head to the person behind who then passes the sponge to the person behind them through their legs. The sponge makes its way back until the last person squeezes whatever water is left into the bucket at the end and runs the sponge back up to the head of the line. Everybody moves back one position and game continues until the end bucket is filled.
Shaving Cream Shoot Off: Give each one large water gun filled with water and one team member willing to get wet. On the willing team member, squirt shaving cream on the front of their shirt. Each member of the team will get one squirt from the water gun to try and remove the shaving cream. Rotate the team line until all the shaving cream is removed. The first team to remove the cream is winners.