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 ~ Tipsaholic.com #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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8 Resolutions to Reset Your Health This Year

Don't waste your efforts on grueling dieting and exercise resolutions, reset yourself this year with one of these 8 simple health resolutions. 8 Resolutions to Reset Your Health This Year ~ Tipsaholic.com #healthyhabits #resolutions #health

 

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 Making resolutions is a self-improvement tradition that often has us filling the first of our year with big goals that wear us out after just a week or two. Take a break from those complicated resolutions and instead try resolving to take up one of these simple daily habits. Add a few more over time and you’ll be on your way to completely resetting your health this year!

 

1. Floss your teeth

Dentists recommend that you floss at least once a day. Why? Because the food you eat (particularly sugary stuff) doesn’t all make it to your stomach. Much of it gets trapped between your teeth and slowly feeds the cavity-causing bacteria that live in your mouth. Brushing isn’t enough to reach those tight spaces, but flossing will keep the tooth decay at bay and a healthy mouth is important for overall wellness. Try a nifty flossing tool if you find plain floss difficult to manage.

 

2. Drink water

Water is one of the major building blocks of your body and drinking it should definitely be at the top of your list when it comes to daily health practices. The current recommendation is to drink around 9 cups of water daily for women, and 13 cups for men, but the amount can vary depending on activity level and climate. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge to have quick access to it, and if you find it hard to meet your quota with plain old tap water, try adding fruit (lemon slices are perfect!) or a sugar free flavoring like MiO.

 

3. Take a walk

The word “exercise” can be hard to swallow – so don’t use it. Find some physical activity, however small it may be, and start doing it. If you can’t think of anything you enjoy, walking a little each day is something practically anyone can do, and it can be really enjoyable if you walk in a favorite location or at a favorite time of the day. Anything you can do, no matter how small, is better than nothing.

 

4. Use sunscreen

In an age of tanning beds and beach-going, wearing sunscreen isn’t the most popular of health resolutions, but it’s one of the most important. Being in the sun for more than just 15 short minutes requires sunscreen. SPF 15 or higher applied every couple of hours (more often if you are in water) you are in the sun is the best way to properly protect your skin from sun damage and cancers.

 

5. Use a smaller plate

If you find diets and calorie counting difficult, this may be the solution for you. Eating from a smaller plate helps to control portions without requiring any extra thought. Take things a step further by filling half of that plate with veggies!

 

6. Turn off your screens before bed

The data is pouring in! Staring at our screens at night – whether they are phones, tablets, computers, or anything else – seriously disrupts sleep patterns. This means that because of the “blue light” emitted by our devices we are getting less sleep, the sleep we get is lower quality, and our health is taking a hit. Turn off your screens at least an hour (preferably two) before bed. Your tired brain and eyes will thank you!

 

7. Schedule a check-up with your doctor

I know, I know. It’s time consuming. It costs money. Maybe it’s even a little scary for you. But getting basic health checks at least once a year and talking to your doctor, particularly if you have any concerns, is one of the best things for your overall health. Blood pressure, weight, and heart rate can give clues to lots of issues that you may not notice in your day to day life. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment today.

 

8. Say “yes” to you

Health can often be addressed best from the inside out. Your mind is one of your most important assets, and if it becomes unwell, the rest of you is at risk. Don’t forget to take time out from the day-to-day and treat yourself. Take a bubble bath. Go for a bike ride. Hug someone you love. Do something you love. Take care of you.

 

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 three 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 DIY Sprinklers to Cool Down Your Kids This Summer

5 DIY Sprinklers to Cool Down Your Kids This Summer | Tipsaholic.com #water #kids #diy #backyard #pvc #sprinkler

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Hot, summer weather and cool, fresh water is a beautiful combination. But instead of packing up for the pool or beach every single day this summer, why not create a watery oasis in your own backyard? Forget the inflatable pool and create one of these five DIY sprinklers!

 

1. MYO Sprinkler

This is a simple sprinkler that you set on the ground and it’ll shoot up water. It’s perfect for younger kids and even crawling babies. If you’re new to handling PVC pipes and want a simple DIY sprinkler to start with, you’ll like this tutorial!

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2. Fun PVC Sprinkler

Want a sprinkler that stands up so your kids can run or bike through it? This is a nice tutorial for a standing sprinkler that also uses PVC pipes. For less than $15 and only 30 minutes of DIY sweat, the results look pretty great.

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3. DIY PVC Pipe Sprinkler

This is another PVC pipe sprinkler, but it’s bigger and badder than the previous two. If you have a couple of children or if you’re hosting a party for kids, you’ll love this tutorial. Amee, who made this DIY sprinkler, also suggests that you put down a slip ‘n’ slide underneath the sprinkler. That sounds like so much fun.

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4. Kids’ Car Wash Sprinkler

What kid doesn’t like to ride in the car when it goes through a car wash? Create a car wash for your children with this DIY sprinkler tutorial and have them ride their bikes through it! Use mop heads and sponges and anything else that could resemble a car wash and let your kids wash their bikes over and over again!

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5. Backyard Sprinkler Park

This backyard sprinkler park is AMAZING. You just have to see this. You’ll find several different ideas for DIY sprinklers using PVC pipes, foam noodles, and spray paint. There’s a dumping bucket sprinkler, a dueling noodles sprinkler, a flower shower sprinkler, and a tunnel sprinkler. Wow.

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Now you’re all set to beat the heat this summer! Which one of these 5 DIY sprinklers do you like the best? Will you make one of them? I’m leaning towards the first one, since I have a crawling baby these days. What about you?

 

“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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