Hot and heavy—water is a great way to entertain kids and cool them off both at the same time. Here are a few ideas to switch up H2O activities into some awesome Water Games.
Like The Hunger Games? Then Try The Water Games!
My kids and I made up this water game last week (and it was AWESOME). So remember in The Hunger Games when the cornicopia had a bunch of useful items Katniss and Pita could use to defend/attack with? And remember the Gamemaker who crafted the game? And The President who oversaw everything? Ok, it's that...with water.
We put out umbrellas, water guns and plastic cups in the middle of the grass (the defense/attack items). My toddler was the Gamemaker who held the hose and sprayed the big kids. I was The President ensuring the game went well (no one crying).
So the toddler sprayed, the big kids ran and got defense/attack items (they defended themselves against The Gamemaker and attacked each other) and I being The President made sure The Gamemaker (my toddler) stayed safe. It was so much fun.
And then of course we dried off, went inside, and watched The Hunger Games dvd.
Bucket or Bin
Repurpose your buckets and bins into water stations. Kids (especially toddlers) can play in and around the containers of water. And you can easily move them around as the shade moves.
You might also want to read my post on Five Cool Places To Take Hot Kids
Water Balloons and Water Guns
I was always very anti-water-gun. Until, my girls went to a house where there were water guns, and the kids went to town soaking themselves. Perhaps best to set up rules before starting a water game which involves water balloons or water guns (For example: like a safe word when you want to stop being hit).