We’ve finally hit a heat wave this summer and I’m not complaining! Better late than never.
Keeping cool hasn’t really been much of an issue this summer, but now I’m definitely finding my children lagging in the heat. With just days before school starts, I think it’s a great idea to squeeze in as much summer fun as possible!
I’ve compiled a mini bucket list of fun water games that I’d like to try before the heat leaves us for a very long time.
•Water Balloon Piñata: Fill roughly a dozen water balloons and locate a structure that you can tie them to so that they are hanging with space underneath them. A play structure with monkey bars is the idea spot. Then take turns having your children put on a blindfold and use something to hit at the water balloons. They will be rewarded with a surprise burst of cooling water! Obviously, keep everyone else out of harm's way as they whack at the water balloons.
•Water Balloon Target Practice: Using sidewalk chalk, draw various targets on the sidewalk. They can be traditional circle in a circle targets, or squares and other shapes randomly drawn around with different point values written inside. Give each child an arsenal of water balloons and a place to stand, and have them attempt to break their balloons in the various targets. You can make it more interesting by having children stand amongst the targets when someone is launching!
•Splash on 6: Fill a rectangular cake pan with water and have children sit around it in a tight circle with a dice. Take turns rolling the dice and when you roll a six, quickly splash the water with your hand, thus splashing everyone in the circle.
•Ice Painting: The night before you plan to do the activity, take out some plastic ice cube trays and fill them with a mixture of water and paint. Freeze overnight. When you’re ready, pop out the ice cubes, give the children some durable paper or cardboard, and let them paint with the melting ice.
I’m hoping to remind myself that summer is not over yet and that we can still fit in lots of fun activities!