Insanely Good Fun Water Games for Your Back Garden

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When the sun eventually decides to show itself in Britain, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. That's especially if you have a brood of Mini-Mes on your hands.

To keep children happy during warm weather there really is nothing better than a good old fashioned water game. But, forget reaching for a water pistol and making do, because this generation of H2O-based games will take garden fun to a whole new level…
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Make a Splash With Water-Balloon Piñatas

Who doesn’t like a good water balloon? This game takes them to the next level and little ones will love whacking the balloons until they burst and shower them in cool water.

How to make it: The premise is a simple one – just fill up a few water balloons and thread them onto a length of string fixed between two points (trees and washing lines are good options). Then, using a stick, see who can pop the most balloons!

You'll need: String, some water balloons, lots of water, a stick.
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Feel Like You’re Floating With Pool Noodle Boats

We love this idea for younger children from blog Winegums and Watermelons. It makes for a lovely afternoon activity – helping them to develop important fine motor skills as they guide their sponge boats around a sink, bucket or paddling pool.

How to make it: Using an old pool noodle, chop about one inch rounds to make individual boats. Then all you need are some sails – you can make these from pretty paper and a few tooth picks.

You'll need: A pool noodle, tooth picks, pretty paper.

For more crafty ideas, visit Winegums and Watermelons.
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Win At Week Days With Water Blobs

You may not be familiar with the game ‘water blob’, but your kids will love it. Cool, squashy and a whole lot of fun, this idea for beanbag-style giant water pillows from crafty site Hello Wonderful will provide hours of entertainment.

How to make it: Cut a piece of plastic sheeting double the length you want your water blob to be. Next, fold your sheet in half to create a pocket.

Cover the edges with a fold of parchment paper and bond the edges together using a warm iron, moving your parchment as you work your way round the whole rectangle – just leaving a small hole big enough to fit your hose into. Once you’ve sealed all the sides, fill up the blob using you hose and finally seal the small opening with a whole lot of duct tape. Job done.

You'll need: Plastic sheeting, a warm iron, a hose, parchment paper, some duct tape.

For more projects kids will love, visit Hello Wonderful.
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Chase the Rainbow With Bubbles

The only thing better than bubbles are rainbow bubbles! This magical mass of colourful clouds, dreamed up by blog Fun At Home With Kids, will have children captivated for hours, leaving them happily out in the garden all afternoon.

How to make it: In a large tub, mix a bottle of washing up liquid with about two cups of water and a few drops of your chosen food colouring. Whisk the mixture with an electric hand mixer until you have bubbles that hold their shape. You can repeat this process with different colours until you have as many bubbles as you want.

You'll need: Washing up liquid, an electric whisk, food colouring, water.

Visit Fun At Home With Kids for more brilliant ideas.
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Wind Down With Water Gun Painting

Creative kids will love this fun way to take their artistic talents outdoors, and you probably already have everything you need already. This idea – from blog Fireflies and Mudpies – works best if you can find canvases, but thick card would do, too.

How to make it: Mix some poster paints with a little water. Take your canvas (or card) and add splodges of different coloured paint to it. Grab some water guns, fill them up and have fun shooting the colours down the page.

You'll need: Poster paints, water, canvases, water guns.

Inspire you kids to get crafty with more ideas from Fireflies and Mudpies.
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Give Giant Bubbles a Go

Bubbles make for absolutely gorgeous images if you're feeling like documenting your outdoor playtime – and they're endless fun, too. This nifty trick for using corn syrup in your bubble solution makes them much less likely to pop, and will have children amazed by their magical quality.

How to make it: You'll roughly need four parts water to every one part of glycerine and washing-up liquid you use to make up the bubble liquid. Once you've mixed all these together you can make your 'wand'. Take two straight drinking straws and thread some fine string through them, creating a loop with two solid sides.

Twist the knot of your string around so it's inside one of your straw sides. Then pinch two more straws and insert them into your existing ones, so that they become handles. Finally, dunk your homemade wand into a shallow dish of the solution and get down to making bubbles.

You'll need: Glycerine, washing-up liquid, water, string, plastic drinking straws.
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Cool Down In a Tin Foil River

Little people just love splashing about in water, so you might as well make sure they’re safe and happy while doing so. This shallow tin foil river (from blog Frugal Fun For Boys) is perfect for a sensory play activity that doesn’t involve arm bands or you having to get into a swimsuit. Have a go at making damns from stones, twig races or floating your favourite toy boats down it.

How to make it: You’ll need foil – a lot of it. But then the rest is easy. Just stretch your foil out as far as you want your river to reach (preferably down a slight hill so the water runs easily!) and fold up all the edges to create your river shape. Then fill with water using a hose.

You'll need: Tin foil and a garden hose.

Keep the kids entertained all summer long with more ideas from Frugal Fun For Boys.
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Have a Ball With a Homemade Sprinkler

Summer is the perfect excuse to let your gang get out in the garden and run through a few sprinklers or two. But what if you don't have a sprinkler set up? Well, it's easy to make one if you have five minutes spare and a sudden urge to be a Pinterest mum.

How to make it: Save yourself an empty large bottle and pierce some holes in one side of it. Attach a garden hose into the bottle opening and secure it in place with some duct tape before starting the hose fast and letting the water spray out of the holes.

You'll need: An empty plastic bottle, a hose, some duct tape.
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Have a Wash Out With Walk the Plank

Especially good for birthday parties, this pirate game (from blog Hostess With the Mostess) will keep kids entertained all afternoon long. Just challenge them to cross the pool without getting wet.

How to make it: All you'll need to do is to fix a plank of wood across a paddling pool, taking extra care to make it stable. The example in the picture above uses two upturned buckets and a basic kids' summer pool.

You'll need: A paddling pool, a plank of wood, two buckets.

Make the most of sunny days with more projects from Hostess With the Mostess.
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Chill Out With Some Frozen Flowers

Set this game from blog Crafts On Sea up the night before and then – once they’re up and ready – kids will enjoy trying to 'break free' the flowers, keeping them out of trouble for a good portion of any sunny afternoon.

How to make it: Ask your little helpers to pick some pretty flowers from the garden and pop them into plastic containers filled with water. Then freeze overnight. Once the shapes are frozen push them out of the moulds, then let the kids try and 'free' the flowers. You can also do this with small plastic toys, like dinosaurs or Lego.

You'll need: Fresh flowers (or some toys), plastic containers or moulds, water, a freezer.

You'll find crafty ideas that all the family will love at Crafts On Sea.
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Win On a Warm Day With a Water Wall

If you have younger kids then this activity – from blog Adventures Of Adam – is perfect for helping to teach kids fine motor skills while they have fun at the same time.

How to make it: All you need to do is to fix some plastic bottles to a wall or fence using an electric drill. Make sure the bottles or tubs you use will let the water run into one another, and then let your child pour from the top and watch the water make its way down to the bottom.

You'll need: Plastic bottles, electric drill, water.

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Cool Down With a Water Gun Race

For the competitive among us (big and small), this strangely addictive game from blog Coco29 takes hardly any prep – so perfect for play dates when you’ve left things ever so slightly to the last minute.

How to make it: Using a sharp nail or skewer, pierce holes into the bottom of a couple of plastic cups and thread onto a length of string. Attach the string between two points using some duct tape, at about eye height. This could be two trees or between your house and garage – whatever works in your space.

Next, arm your two competitors with water guns and let them fire a cup each along the length of string until someone gets theirs to the end.

You'll need: Plastic cups, something sharp like a skewer, string, duct tape, water guns.

The blog Coco29 has ideas a plenty for keeping kids entertained all summer long.
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