Apple Bobbing - the perfect game for a summer's afternoon but best played in the garden.
A-Z of Summer: Water Fights
On a hot day you can have fun with your friends and cool down at the same time by having a water fight.
There are endless ways to get each other wet, from buckets of water to super soakers. Here’s some of the possibilities
You don't have to buy water guns, just get yourself some empty washing up liquid bottles. You can split up into teams - let the fun begin! You can fill the bottles from the tap or even have a couple of buckets already filled up on hand. Immerse your washing up liquid bottle fully into the water in the bucket to refill it, it’s quicker to refill it if you take the lid off.
You can add to your water fighting arsenal by using sponges. Fill up the sponge with water and then throw it at your opponents.
Water Balloons / Bombs
Much like a normal balloon but the rubber is thinner so that it bursts on impact. You fill them up from a tap, tie a knot in the neck and then try to store them safely before you throw them.
Water Bomb Launchers
You can now get water mortars which are spring loaded tubes. You put your water bomb into the water mortar, aim and fire. This launches the water bomb a long way.
Water Pistols and Super Soakers
Water pistols used to be a small hollow plastic pistol that held a minimal amount of water and squirted a few metres before it ran out. Nowadays, the super soaker pump action water pistols can squirt a jet of water over ten metres!
Hose Pipes and Lawn Sprinklers
There are a range of water sprinklers on the market that are used for watering grass. There are also specially designed water squirters and sprinklers such as Crazy Daisy which is a flower that you attach to the hose pipe which then flops about and sprays water all over the place. Crazy Daisy also comes under the name Dizzy Daisy. You can get a Fisher Price Dizzy Daisy from Amazon or Argos. These are great fun to run in and out of, or try to push your friends into the water spray.
*As always, please be mindful of your children’s health & safety during these activities. As water is involved it’s worth keeping them attended to at all times.
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Jenga. Keep your hand steady as you remove the blocks from the tower.
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Ladybird Garden. Be prepared to get some dirty fingers and 'borrow' a few flowers from the garden.
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Noughts and Crosses. A simple but fun game which can soon become full of strategy and tactics!
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Quoits. There's plenty of variations of this deck game and you don't need a boat to play it.
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Treasure Hunt. Cryptic clues, photo clues or 'hot' and 'cold' can make for a great afternoon inside or out.
Under the Stars. On a clear night do some star-gazing or for the real young, make your own!
Vegetable patch. Have fun and be healthy by growing you own veg..it's not as difficult as it sounds.
Water fights...what better way to cool off during the summer than getting the super soakers out.
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