This summer, we’re trying to amp up our regular Wednesday night services instead of doing a whole separate VBS (or whatever you call it!) program. Kind of the less is more approach. We have theme nights and spend extra time outside playing games. On one particular week, the weather was scorching hot, so I dug around online for some quick, easy, and super fun water games for the kids. Here’s some ideas I found!
Set out bucket of water and a large sponges. Soak them in the bucket and then toss it back and forth with the children.
Sponge Bucket Relay
For this game, line the kids up in teams with a bucket full of water in front of the line. Kids dunk a sponge into the water and then race 100 feet or so to another bucket to squeeze out the water from the sponge. Set the timer (we did 1.5 minutes) and whoever has the fullest bucket at the end of the time wins!
Run a strong stream from a garden hose back and forth like a snake under your child’s feet, allowing him to jump over it. With more kids, turn it into a competition: Whoever’s feet don’t get drenched wins!
Place plastic bugs, toy cars, or other small treasures in your cube tray, add water, and freeze. Then hand a piece of ice to your child (age 3 and up) and have her melt it in her hands until the prize emerges.
Create a Water Balloon Obstacle Course
Water Balloon Volley
You’ll need a bucket full of water balloons for this game. Divide kids into two teams and pair them up. Each pair gets a beach towel and each child holds two corners of the towel. One side begins by placing a water balloon in the center of their towel. The object is to toss the balloon from one pair of kids to another, with the opposing side catching the balloon in their towel. This can be played with a net, or simply pace off a distance between opposing teams.
Have kids sit along the edge of a kiddie pool filled with water. Each player has their own empty bucket or bowl beside them. Now dump a big pile of ice cubes into the pool. At the starting signal, players must pick up as many ice cubes as they can and put them into their own buckets…they must use only their feet. The player who collects the most ice cubes… within a designated time period is the winner.
Fill ‘Er Up
Whether you want to liven up a backyard bash or help your gang cool off on a hot day, this fast-action game will make quite a splash. Divide the group into teams of two. Have teammates stand six feet from one another, one holding a small cup with a Ping-Pong ball in it and the other a water-filled spray bottle. On “go,” players with bottles try to be the first to squirt enough water into their teammate’s cup to float out the ball. Keep a bucket of water nearby for refilling. If teammates get closer than six feet, they must dump out the water in the cup and start over.
Drip, Drip, Drop!
Instead of “Duck-Duck-Goose” call it “DRIP, DRIP, DROP”. As child goes around the circle he/she says, “Drip, Drip, Drip, DROP!” A small cup of water is poured on the person’s head. Play continues just as in Duck, Duck, Goose!
Water Balloon Catch
You’ll need: Gallon-size milk jugs (one for each player), Tape, Ribbons, and Water balloons. Create the catchers by cutting the bottom off a gallon-size milk jug (one for each player), taping the cut edges, and decorating with ribbon, as shown. Fill a bunch of water balloons to the size of a grapefruit. See how many times you can toss the balloons without breaking them or how far you can catch and throw them.
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