Water Games for Kids That Teach
Summer days are perfect for outdoor water play with activities, games and equipment for kids of all ages. For extra challenge, I tried to think of an educational twist for each game. Granted, I would likely never pull it off. My kids would mount a mutiny but a mom can dream!
1. Water Table
My kids could play at the water table for hours when they were preschoolers, pouring, filling, and pouring again. Try using leafs and toothpicks or sticks to make boats or sticks and rubber bands to make a raft. Building these floating toys helps preschoolers get ready for Kindergarten by developing their fine motor skills.
2. Water Gun Tag
The rules are simple. The person who is “it” gets the water pistol, while all other players attempt to evade her. Because a successful “tag” will leave discernible evidence, there’s no disputing a changing of the guard.
If you have more than one water gun, your game of tag can turn into an all out war.
Use a bucket of water to dunk the pistols under water to fill them. Predict how many water guns can be filled with one bucket of water. For the water gun, measure how many cups of water it takes to fill it up.
3. Slip and Slide
A classic that endures. When the summer is over, dry thoroughly and it will be good to go next summer. There are many variations but the original is a great price and doesn’t require as much lawn space as some of the others. Warning: the Slip and Slide is hard on the lawn, so move it around once the grass is saturated.
How fast is each person sliding along the length of the slip and slide? Time each person. Measure the length of the Slip and Slide. Speed = Distance / Time
4. Water Balloon Pinata
Hanging the water balloons off a play structure is a great way to set this up. Predict how many swats it will take to break a balloon.
from Scrap Happy Heather
5. Foil River
This looks fun if you don’t mind using up your foil. How many feet of foil did it take? What if you measure it with your actual feet?
from Camo and Bows
6. Car Wash
The toy car might be the perfect size for toddlers and preschools to wash. Older kids actually enjoy washing the family car. You just need sponges and a bucket of soapy water.
How much should you charge for a car wash? $1.00? $1.50? How many quarters is that? How do you make change if you get a $5 bill?
7. Water Balloon Fight
The balloons make a mess so I’m going with these biodegradable ones. For a new twist on an old favorite, stage a game of dodge ball, replacing the ball with water balloons. Try making your own homemade water balloon launcher for extra challenge.
Divide the water balloons evenly. What is a good way to do this? Now one more person wants to join. How do you divide up it again? How many balloons should each child donate to the new person? Tricky!!
8. Water Hose Limbo
Replacing the stick in a traditional round of limbo with the stream from a water hose takes the game to an entirely new level. Limbo is better with several players, so save this one for a day when your brood has their buddies over. Alternately, you can get this water hose limbo toy.
Measure the different heights of the limbo hose. Measure each person playing limbo. Is the shortest kid the best at limbo?
9. Water Slide Wading Pool
We always got a lot of mileage out a simple wading pool but this fancier one looks fun for kids of all ages. I used to empty the pool with a bucket and use the water for the plants. How many buckets will it take to empty the pool?
How many gallons are coming out of the hose in a minute? How about an hour? How high does the water go? How far does the water arc? So many things to measure!
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