What's the best way to beat the boredom and distract your kids from the lure of video games? Play some water games, of course! And no, you don't even need a pool to beat the heat. Just head out into your backyard and get busy having fun. Even the bigger kids will love getting in on the action with these wet 'n wild games. If your kids are saying, "I'm bored," faster than you can keep up this summer, check out these fun water games for every age 7-19:
1. Slip 'N Slide
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What kid doesn't love a Slip 'N Slide? Head out to your local home goods store and purchase one of these for unbeatable fun all summer long. Set it up and let your kiddos slide away as the track fills with water -- even better if you get in on the action. See who can slide the furthest and push yourself to slide all the way to the end.
2. Water Balloon Toss
This game simply requires some water balloons. Pick partners and toss the water balloons to each other. How many times can you pass it to your partner before you get soaked? Try and beat your score!
3. Water Gun Tag
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Water gun tag is sort of like laser tag. Split into two teams and try to squirt the other team. The team with the driest shirts at the end wins! You can also play water fun hide and seek. Have one kid be 'it' while the other kids hide. When the kid who's 'it' finds any of the other players, they get a wet surprise.
4. Duck, Duck, Splash
This game is similar to Duck Duck Goose. Sit the kids sit in a circle. The child who is 'it' has a cup of water. She walks around saying duck, duck, duck, while splashing a little water on each head as she walks by. When she gets to the person she wants to tag, she yells, "Splash!" and dumps the rest of the water from the cup onto that kid's head. That kid has to chase them around the circle to try and beat them back to their spot or else they are the new 'it'.
5. Water Relay
For this game, split the kids into two teams. Each team has two buckets and an extra-large sponge. Fill one of the buckets with water and put it a few yards in front of the empty bucket. The point of this game is that one player from each team takes their sponge, runs down to the full bucket, fills the sponge with water and runs back to squeeze as much water as possible into the empty bucket. Then the next player goes and so forth, like a relay. The team with the most water in their bucket (the one that started out empty) wins.
6. Liquid Limbo
This game is a wet 'n wild take on limbo. Just take a hose and turn the water on full blast. Use the stream of water as the limbo stick. See who can limbo the lowest without getting wet.
If you're looking for more water inspiration, check out more fun water games for every age 7-19.
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