Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Splash Tag and More Water Games

For Quidditch this week, Hogwarts students will be playing Splash Tag. July is the hottest month of the summer after all! Here are a few more fun water games from Family Fun Magazine and the Spoonful Website you could try. 

Splash Tag

Sopping sponges hit the spot in this hot-weather variation of classic tag.

What you'll need

  • Big, soft sponge
  • Buckets of water

How to play

  1. One person is designated as being It. Players run away from It, who tries to tag them by throwing a wet sponge.

  2. Once tagged, that person becomes the new It. The great thing about this game is that there's no bickering about whether or not someone got tagged. The splatter on his or her back says it all.

    Splash Down
    Don't be surprised if this sponge-toss game turns into an all-out water battle. The goal is to get wet; winning points just adds to the fun.

    What you'll need

    • 1 small bucket (ours were 2-1/2 gallons) for each player
    • Water
    • 1 big car wash sponge for each player

    How to play

    1. Each player gets a small bucket filled with water, and a big car wash sponge. Players stand about 8 feet apart with their buckets on the ground directly in front of them.

    2. Each player tries to throw her wet sponge into the other's bucket (and splash the other player, of course!). Each successful toss is worth one point. The sponges are thrown back and forth until one player reaches an agreed-upon point total — or both players just start throwing sponges at each other.

      Fill Er' Up

      Whether you want to liven up a backyard bash or help your gang cool off on a hot day, this fast-action game will make quite a splash. Divide the group into teams of two. Have teammates stand six feet from one another, one holding a small cup with a Ping-Pong ball in it and the other a water-filled spray bottle. On "go," players with bottles try to be the first to squirt enough water into their teammate's cup to float out the ball. Keep a bucket of water nearby for refilling. If teammates get closer than six feet, they must dump out the water in the cup and start over.

      Got Your Back 

      The name of this wild game of water tag says it all: players take aim at their opponents' backs, trying to squirt off their paper tails.

      What you'll need

      • Duct tape
      • White crepe paper
      • One water spray bottle per player

      How to play

      1. To prepare, use duct tape to attach three 6-inch strips of white crepe paper to the back of each player's shirt.

      2. Give each kid a spray bottle, then let the squirting begin.

      3. Whoever has the most remaining paper once the water runs out is the winner

        Sponge Brigade
        Beat the heat at your next summer gathering with a game that requires fancy (and very silly) footwork.

        What you'll need

        • Large sponges
        • Water
        • Bucket

        How to play

        1. First, divide players into two teams and have the members of each team lie down side by side, alternating directions as shown.

        2. Place a bucket of water near the head of each line.

        3. Have the first player on each team hold a large, soaked sponge with her feet. At "Go," the teams use their feet to pass their sponge down the line and back. If a player drops the sponge, he may sit up to recover it but can use only 
          his feet to get it back into the game.

        4. The first team to get their sponge into the bucket wins.

          Have fun beatiing the heat with these games.  Our family has an "annual" surprise water fight on the 4th of July. I love this tradition! (We do realize the misnomer of the title---- The surprise comes in because no one knows when Mom or Dad will kick things off that day!)  Well, this year we were unable to have the water fight because we were in Idaho at Grandma and Grandpa's House. So I am going to really surprise everyone by starting a water fight on July 24th this year. This date is also a holiday in Utah. It is the date that the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley to begin settling the area in 1847. If you know any of my kids or my husband, please don't tell!! 
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