2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 11:16
When you don't have a pool and don't want to damage your yard with a large inflatable pool, there is still the option of water games to refresh the children. Here are some suggestions for summer games.
Water balloon fights are fun, but they are a lot of work for the little ones. You have to inflate the balloons, keep them in a bowl without exploding them, carry them on your person and they are only used once. By using sponges, you will be able to have just as good battles, but the water will be less and less icy and you will be able to take the rebound from the attacks and send them back to the opposing team. Still, have buckets of cold water available for your children to keep the surprise effect and the cries of fear that make battles interesting.
To have nice weapons, cut the sponges into strips and tie them with plastic ties (tie wrap) so that they don't become too heavy and are easy to throw. You can also attach pieces of tea towel to give them some style.
With only wooden spoons (which wecan first decorate with the children with paint and decorative sticky paper) and water balloons, you can organize a thrilling and refreshing race! The rules are simple, you have to get to the finish line without popping the balloon. And when it's hot, "accidents" are welcome!
To make the game neither too difficult nor too easy, first test several sizes of balloons. They should be big enough to burst, but not big enough to fall off the spoon.
We still use balloons filled with water here, but this time we organize a baseball game. There's something really fun and stressful about hitting a water ball to douse yourself during the heatwave.
Watering can drizzle
If you have nothing else on hand, a watering can that has a “drizzle” function, attached to the balcony or to a post, works just fine. The game will be to take turns racing in the jet and you'll be amazed at how long this simple game will keep kids entertained. If you're worried about the expense of water, take advantage of watering the garden to make it a refreshing game!
There are some in the shape of a flower, which always water in the same place and over which the children can take turns jumping. There are also more unpredictable ones, in the shape of an octopus, whichwater anywhere and anyhow. Pick a type of watering that suits kids' methodical or adventurous temperaments and they'll find ways to play with each other.
For example, Banzai Geyser Blast Sprinkler (Canadian Tire, $14.99), Banzai Wigglin Water Sprinkler Hose (Canadian Tire, $19.99) and Hydrant Sprinkler (Canadian Tire, $3.99).
The water guns may make the little ones angry, but with the older ones, it's a good way to develop some strategies while cooling off a bit. Be careful to choose them solid and identical because if you come home with a leaky gun and another that works perfectly, you will quickly hear about injustices.
Large wet areas where you can jump head first on hot days are also a delight for children. It's a bit like having a small water park at home! Don't forget to remove them at the end of the game so you don't have big mudslides in your ailing yard the next day.
There's something for every budget: Soak N' Splash Water Slide (Canadian Tire, $9.99), Water Slide water Triple Racer (Canadian Tire, $29.99), Slip 'N Slide - Lap In Water Hockey Rink (Toys r Us, $44.99), Slip 'N Slide - Dual Wave Rider Water Slide with Buoys (Toys r Us, $19.99)
Car wash (or tricycle wash!)
This is a great idea for kids who love car washes. Form a bend of PVC tubes where you will drill holes, add sponges, plastic curtains and colored accessories and connect the watering can to the end of your tube. Your children will be absolutely ecstatic! You'll find everything you need at big box stores and home improvement stores.
There are also tubs where your children can play coloring the water and sailing boats. If you don't have one, you can always give another use to a sandbox for the hot weather.
No pool? Don't want to go to the park? Make your own water games, with pool noodles, duct tape and a garden hose! Cover one end with tape and poke holes all over the noodle. Then slip the garden hose inside… and you're done!
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