Outdoor Water Games
Outdoor water games come into their own on the wonderful hot summer days (remember what they are like?) when all the kids want to do is be taken to the local swimming pool or beach, and all you want to do is laze around the garden with a glass of lemonade and a good book!
If you have a paddling pool, or even a swimming pool in the garden, no problem. If not, try putting the spinkler on for half an hour or so and let the kids play around it and simultaneously turn your lawn into a muddy field reminiscent of Glastonbury. As children, our favourite outdoor water games was jumping over the sprinkler or trying to duck under it and not get wet!
Failing a sprinkler, paddling pool or swimming pool in the garden, there are still loads of outdoor water games you and your children can play in the garden on a hot day. Fun and the perfect way of cooling down they might be, and who knows, you might be able to avoid the need for bathing the kids later on?!
Why not try out a few of our favourite outdoor water games or add your own for others to share?
Remember: always use waterproof sunscreen on kids to prevent sunburn and never leave young children unsupervised when playing with water.
This is a safe water game for a baby which can sit up or young toddler.
Simply place a bin liner or large plastic sheet on the grass and add a couple of cups of water to it. It is a bit like sitting in the middle of a big puddle! He/she will thoroughly enjoy the splash and feel of water on their body and be able to cool down a little without the risks associated with a paddling pool.
Kids will enjoy having a 'fill the bucket' race. This game is a really good one for summer birthday parties too!
Place a couple of buckets at opposite ends of the garden, fill one with water, give each child a beaker (small plastic cup) and they have to fill it with water from the full bucket and run to pour it into the other bucket. You can either have a mark on the bucket as the winning line, or have a timed competition, see who can get most water in the destination bucket within the given time.
This is definitely an outdoor water game unless you want your house completely soaked!
Buy some water pistols or make your own out of an old squeegee bottle, fill up and have fun either targeting each other or trying to knock down objects placed on walls.
You could even use the water pistols to water the plants in pots instead of a watering can, though they may end up still a little thirsty!
This is a great and simple outdoor water game for kids, but equally fun for bath times.
Collect a pile of yoghurt pots or similar, then poke holes in the base or sides (we use a hot skewer). Make the holes different sizes, in different positions and vary the number of holes in the pots.
Fill a bucket with water, then let the kids fill one of the pots with water, and try to catch the water in another one of the pots, or have competitions to see which pot of water empties fastest or slowest or who can keep as much water as possible!
You will need two plastic containers equal in size and weight, a bucket of water, a round log or similar and a plank of wood (or tray from the kitchen).
Try to balance the containers on either end of the plank with the log underneath at the middle, like a seesaw. Then add a little water to one container, then the other, to create a seesaw action. For added fun, add faces and names to the containers.
You might want to use some blue tack to keep the containers on the seesaw, but it is just as much fun watching them slide off and splash everywhere!
A simple fun outdoor water game for an hot afternoon which also aids posture.
Get a small bucket, half-fill it with water, then try balancing it on your head! If you can manage it standing still, try walking around with the bucket on your head or adding more and more water until it all falls down and you get drenched!
Tip: using a bandana or tea cloth tied into a ring on top of your head makes this much easier!
One of our all time favourite outdoor water games which guarantees a decent drenching and lots of fun!
Find or buy some balloons and fill them with water from the tap. Take them into the garden and play catch with them! At some point, the balloons will pop - especially if you drop them - but you never know when!
As an alternative, try playing football with a water balloon. For this water game, the cheaper the balloons the better, as they will pop sooner!
This is for the really inventive kids and definitely an outside water game only!
You will need a tree with an overhanging branch or a swing frame or similar, some string, a bucket, some form of weight and a lot of creative imagination.
Get the kids trying to work out how to arrange the bucket so that if someone disturbs the string, the entire content is emptied on to their heads! Absolutely not easy at all, but plenty of wet fun to be had trying out different options :)
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