8 Fun Water Activities

No pool? Try these ideas to stay cool.

Jul 26, 2019

It’s been super-hot!  Need some new ways to stay cool in the steamy weather?  Grab some friends, family or neighbors and give these ideas a whirl.  Hint:  No pool necessary!

1. Water Limbo

Put on some music and play limbo with a water hose instead of a limbo stick.  Use a hose with a sprayer and create a stream of water, parallel to the ground, for players to take turns passing under.  Remember to bend backwards, and don’t touch the water!  Keep lowering the bar until everyone is eliminated but one person.  That person wins.

Play water limbo using a hose instead of a limbo stick.Play water limbo using a hose instead of a limbo stick.Courtesy of Sandbox Networks

2. Water Balloon Colander Toss

Try this twist on the water balloon toss:  Instead of playing catch, toss your water balloons into a colander on your opponent’s head!   Make 2 buckets of water balloons, one for you and one for your opponent.  Grab two colanders (That bowl in your kitchen with holes in it that you use to drain pasta) or use one colander and take turns.  Whoever can get more balloons to break on the other person’s head wins.

Be creative with water balloons--Try a colander water balloon toss.Be creative with water balloons--Try a colander water balloon toss.Courtesy of Pinterest

3. Car Wash

Wash your mom or dad’s car using a hose and a bucket of soapy water.  They’ll love you for it, and you’ll feel refreshed when you’re done!

Get wet and feel refreshed--Wash someones car!Get wet and feel refreshed--Wash someones car!

4. Sprinkler Obstacle Course

Create an obstacle course in your yard, and then run a sprinkler or two over it.  Make it a challenge!  You can place some hula hoops on the ground in a pattern and try to hop through them on one foot as the sprinkler sprays you.  Be creative!

Create a sprinkler obstacle course using hula hoops and other things around the house.Create a sprinkler obstacle course using hula hoops and other things around the house.

5. Have a Water Fight

Invite friends to bring their water guns, buckets, wet sponges, and water balloons to a colossal water battle. Have a hose or two available, ready to douse unsuspecting players.  The person to get the least wet wins.

Have a water battle using hoses, sponges, water guns, water balloons and buckets.Have a water battle using hoses, sponges, water guns, water balloons and buckets.Courtesy of Aaron Burden on Unsplash

6. “Pass The Water” Game  

Break players into two teams and give them each a plastic cup.  Stand in two lines, one person behind the other.  The person in the front of each line has a full cup of water.  Have that person try to pour the water into the cup of the person behind them by bringing it up over her head while continuing to face frontwards.  At the end of the line, the team with the most water left in the last person’s cup wins.

Grab some friends and play "pass the water."  The team that spills the least wins!Grab some friends and play "pass the water." The team that spills the least wins!Courtesy of Pinterest

7. Water Bag Piñatas  

Get soaked when the piñatas breaks!  You can also play this with a large hanging water balloon.  Fill a five-gallon bag with one to two gallons of water.  Tie the bag at the top and tie a rope underneath the knot.  Tie the other end of the rope to something like a tree branch so that the bag hangs in the air.  Put on a blindfold, grab a stick or a baseball bat, and take a whack!

Break a water pinata to cool off when it's hot out.Break a water pinata to cool off when it's hot out.Courtesy of Walmart

8. Slip n’ Slide  

Use a store-bought one or make your own!  You’ll just need a few supplies.  It’s best to have an adult help you set up your slide.  Find a roll of thick plastic sheeting or a large, smooth plastic tarp.  Make sure it’s not too narrow so you don’t slide off.  If it’s too wide, just fold it over.  Spread it out on a grassy area.  You can try it on a hill, but if younger kids will be using it it’s best to keep it flat.  Make sure the end of the slide is safe.  Use metal stakes or tent pegs to hold the corners down.  If you don’t have those, you can use some buckets or containers filled with water to use as weights on the corners.  Make sure there are no wrinkles in the plastic.  Now grab a hose and spray the plastic to get the whole thing wet.  Keep the hose on and set it at the top of the slide for a continuous stream of water.  You can add a little bubble bath for a more slippery experience.  Time to start sliding!

No Slip n' Slide?  Make your own!No Slip n' Slide? Make your own!

Summer will be over soon!  Make the most of it with these activities.  Use them to stay cool, beat boredom or do something new when you're hanging out with friends--And all you need are a few easy-to-find supplies.  

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