Classic Backyard Water Games for Kids

Keep kids entertained and beat the heat even without a pool by playing some of these classic backyard water games. Classic Backyard Water Games for Kids ~ #summer #kids #games #summerfamilyactivities


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Nothing beats the heat and the doldrums quite like playing in the water, and you don’t need a pool to have fun! Water balloons, squirt guns, buckets, and a garden hose are perfect substitutes if you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve. Use these simple tools to keep the kids cool and entertained at home this summer with a few of these classic backyard water games!


1. Water relay

Use ladles and buckets to set up a relay game for a group. Place buckets or bowls for two (or more) teams at both ends of the back yard. When the game begins, players must use a ladle to transfer all of the water from one bucket across the yard to the other bucket. First one to move all of their water wins! This game can also be played with sponges or cups.


2. Water balloon towel toss

This is a game that requires at least two teams of two players and is loads of fun! Give each team of two a beach towel to hold between them. Once everyone is ready, toss one team a full water balloon. Their job is to pass the balloon to another team using only their towel, who will then catch it in their towel and toss it back (or to another team). Whoever gets soaked by a broken balloon loses the round!


3. Duck, Duck, Splash!

This game is like similar to Duck, Duck, Goose! but uses a balloon or cup full of water to tag the “goose.” Learn to play the game at The Kid’s Fun Review, or come up with your own fun version.


4. Water balloon target toss

Use sidewalk chalk to draw a large target or set of targets in the driveway. Players will toss water balloons (or soaked sponges) at the target, trying to hit the bullseye. For more of a challenge, suggest different ways to throw the balloons – facing backwards, with your “wrong” hand, with your eyes closed, etc. Get creative!


5. Garden hose limbo

Turn on the garden hose and use the water as a limbo “bar!” Kids can take turns holding the hose and limbo-ing under. Once all of the kids have passed under the water, lower it a little more and have everyone try again, repeating the process until all but one child has been splashed!


6. Roll 6 and Splash!

This is a game smaller children can really get into. Fill a shallow dish with water and provide a single die for the group. Each player will take turns rolling the die. When someone rolls a six, they get to splash the water in the dish, showering their friends! You can find more details for this game and a couple more at Toddler Approved.


7. Water gun tag

Play this game the way any game of tag is played, but with one difference – the person who’s “it” has a water gun! The It chases the other children and tries to squirt one of the them. Whoever gets wet is tagged and becomes the next It!


8. Balloon-on-a-spoon relay

This takes the egg-on-a-spoon relay to the next level! Organize two teams into two lines in a clear area of the backyard. Set up traffic cones or a sturdy object of some kind to mark the “turn around,” then place full water balloons on large wooden spoons for each team. The first person in each line will take the spoon to the turn-around and back, then hand the spoon off to the next person on their team until every person has had a turn. If a balloon is dropped, the player at fault must run to the sidelines and get another. Whichever team gets through all of its players first is the winner! Check out the cute spoons Two Shades of Pink created to play the game for a birthday party.



Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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5 Backyard Activities for Lazy Summer Days

5 Backyard Activities for Lazy Summer Days | #outdoor #fun #kids #games #summer #backyard


Summertime is the season of vacations, family time, and swimming, but we all have these lazy summer days that all we want to do is stay home and relax. Here are 5 backyard activities to keep your kids (and you!) busy this summer while staying at home.


1. Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Have a concrete patio, a concrete driveway, or a sidewalk lining the front of your home? They can become beautiful with the help of chalk paint and your kids’ creativity. Whip up a few batches of chalk paint in different colors and hand them to your kids.  They’ll love it. Or just buy new sidewalk chalk paint; it’ll be just as much fun.



2. Balloon Ping Pong

Ping pong is a fun and competitive game, but it can be too fast for younger kids to play. How about playing a game of balloon ping pong? Blow up a balloon and give your kids paddles made of paper plates and popsicle sticks. Cheer them on as they swat the balloon from side to side.


3. Backyard Camping

Camping is definitely a summer pastime, but you don’t have to drive hours and hours to a campsite to get the camping experience. Try backyard camping, which you can still do even if you don’t have a tent. Hang up a couple of sheets and fire up the grill and relax together. When it’s time to go to bed, simply go back inside!



4. Paint Flower Pots

Make gardening fun by painting flower pots together. Turn your flower pots into people by painting on faces and then watching their “hair” grow from the seeds that you plant into them. They’ll look great lined up in your backyard and your kids will enjoy checking on them and watering them throughout the summer.



5. Outdoor Chalkboard

If you have a small yard, it can be hard finding backyard activities that can be done in a smaller space. This DIY outdoor chalkboard is a great solution to that problem! You can create your own outdoor chalkboard with plywood, outdoor paint, and sanded grout. Hang it up on your fence and then whenever the laziness hits you this summer, you can just give chalk to your kids and watch them create beautiful outdoor art.



Sometimes, lazy summer days are the best! What other backyard activities do you love doing with your kids when it’s warm outside?

For more summer tips, check out 6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer and Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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