Games That Make a Splash

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Ages school-age

How do you get kids outside and active when it feels too hot to move? Just add water -- as we've done with these four super-cool (off) group games.

Splash Volleyball (Two or more players)
Using a water-filled kiddie pool as the net and a large sponge as the ball, players stand on either side of the pool. Taking turns serving, they volley the sponge back and forth over the pool. If it hits the ground, the player on the opposite side gets a point. If it lands in the pool, the player who last touched it loses a point and has to enter the pool to retrieve it (and ring it out) to resume play. The first to earn ten points wins.

Freezing-Water Tag (Three or more players)
In this icy take on traditional tag, each player is given a spray bottle filled with ice water, and hand tagging is replaced with a cool squirt. When a player is misted, he must freeze, but he can squirt others still in play. The last player to remain unfrozen wins.

Beach Towel Toss (Four or more players)
Make several water balloons. Divide players into teams of two and provide each team with a large towel. Holding their towel at the corners and standing six feet apart, each team must use the towel to toss a balloon back and forth with another team. After a successful toss, have the teams move farther apart. Play continues until the balloon breaks.

Back-to-back Balloon Dash (Four or more players)
Players choose partners, then stand back-to-back, arms interlocked, at the starting line. Place a water balloon between each pair. At "Go," teams race to cross the finish line without breaking the balloon. The first to do so wins.

What you'll need

  • kiddie pool
  • large sponge
  • spray bottle filled with ice water
  • water balloons
  • large towels
  • water balloons
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