How to cool off in your own backyard

How to cool off in your own backyard

8 Awesome Water Games for Backyard Fun on Hot Days

From The Stir

The dog days of summer can mean oppressive heat for weeks if not more.  The kids aren’t yet back in school, and their natural instinct is to want to play outside.  You want to encourage this, as sitting in the air conditioning playing video games isn’t your idea of healthy recreation!  This post from The Stir presents a solution to you.  Water Games that anyone can set up and play with their kids in any backyard.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Call me an overgrown kid, but it doesn’t seem to matter how old I get. When the temperature starts to rise, I love nothing more than going out in the backyard to play a summer game with a kid where we both end up soaking wet. The wetter, the better, actually.

With schools letting out around the country, and the mercury on the rise, it’s time to dive in … and get wet!

1. Dry, Dry, Wet. Think Duck, Duck, Goose, only “It” walks around the circle with a soaking wet sponge in hand. Each time he taps a kid on the shoulder, he says “dry” (instead of duck) until he settles on his target. “It” squeezes that sponge over his target’s head and yells “wet.” The rest of the game follows the Duck, Duck, Goose rules.

2. Sponge Water Bomb Toss. I keep seeing tutorials for “bombs” you make from (surprise, surprise) cut up sponges and string. Dunk ’em in water, and the sponges naturally drink it all in. Make enough of them, and you’ve got perfect “snowballs” for a summer snowball fight!

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