Summer Family Moments

10 Fun Water Games to Beat the Heat (No Pool Necessary!)

Big Kid 48

water hoseYou don't need a pool to make a splash in your backyard this summer.

Believe it or not, there are a ton of outdoor activities that will inspire your tech-addicted kids to ditch their beloved iPad, PlayStation, or Xbox and actually have some fun in the sun. And pretty much all you need is a hose, a bucket and a bag of ice cubes.

Here are the 10 best water games to help you have a blast -- and cool off too! -- with the entire family.

  1. Filler Up Divide into pairs. Teammates stand six feet apart, one person gets a cup with a ping-pong ball in it and the other a water bottle. On "ready, set, go" players with the bottle race to squirt enough water into the cup to make the ball float. Be warned -- you have to dump the cup and start all over again if you move closer to each other. Keep a bucket of water nearby for easy refills.
  2. Wet n Wacky Catch Create catchers mitts out of gallon milk jugs by cutting out the bottoms. Fill a bunch of water balloons and see how far you can throw without breaking them.
  3. Splash Hide and Seek It's a wet and wild twist on a classic. The seeker goes in search of the hiders with a couple of water balloons in hand. Whomever gets pelted and drenched is it!
  4. Hot Balloon It's just like hot potato, just a heck of a lot wetter. Stand in a circle and toss a balloon around until someone drops it. That person is now out and the game continues until there is just one person left. Add a second balloon for an even more fun and intense game.
  5. Water Gun War Stock up on supersoakers and water pistols and go at it like the Hatfields and the McCoys. Get hit and your out of the game.
  6. Water Hose Limbo Put on some dance music and try to shimmy under a straight and steady stream of water. After everyone takes a turn, lower the hose and repeat.
  7. Splashdown You need a bucket of water and big car wash sponge for each person. Players stand eight feet apart and facing each other with their buckets directly in front of them. You then try to throw the wet sponge into the other's bucket. The goal is twofold - win a point and splash your opponent too!
  8. Beach Towel Toss Divide into teams of two, each person holding a towel at the corners. Standing six feet apart,  each team must use the towel to toss a balloon back and forth with another team. After a successful toss, have the teams move farther apart. Continue playing until the balloon breaks. 
  9. Feet Freeze Fill a kiddie pool with water and ice cubes. Each person has just five minutes to remove as many cubes as they can with their feet. The person with the highest number wins.
  10. Water Balloon Dodgeball Divide into equal groups, each with their own bucket of water balloons. Pelt your opponent and the last (dry) man standing wins.

What other summertime water games do you love?


Images via schillergarcia/Flickr

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mallo... mallowcup17

o love these! we did the slip and slide a lot as a kid :)

godde... goddess99

Oh yeah I loved the slip and slide growing up!

LOswa... LOswald0314

good ideas! we love old fashioned water balloon fights.

.Ange... .Angelica.

my son loves the slip n slide.

count... countrygirlkat

Those all sound like fun! We mostly just run in the sprinklers but I may have to try a few of those!

ceciliam ceciliam

Cute ideas! Before we built our pool I had some pretty cool sprinklers for my son.

MamaM... MamaMandee

I love these ideas and will be giving them a try with the kids! Thanks!

Bmat Bmat

That's a cute game with the towels!

Krist... KristinRox

Those sound like sooooo much fun. I love the sponge one, and the one where you make the catchers mitt out of the gallon milk container. 

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