How to Play: Water Balloon Dodgeball

Get wet and wild. Credit: Rick Nederstigt, AFP / Getty Images
What you need: You need at least five water balloons per player and two plastic tubs. How to play: Divide the children into two teams. Each team gets a tub of water balloons. Establ...

How to Play: Sponge Toss Contest

Cool off with this splashy game. Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need large car sponges, large containers of water, and small receiving buckets. How to play: Divide the children up into teams. You can have as many teams as you have sponges a...

How to Play: Sponge Tag

Splat goes the tag! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a large, soft sponge, like the one you use to wash a car. How to play: This game is a variation of Tag, using a wet sponge to tag a player. The rules: Once children have pi...

How to Play: Water Balloon Relay Race

What you need: You need water balloons, a bucket, and a chair for each team. How to play: Divide the children into equally numbered teams. Set up a chair for each team about 20 feet away from the starting line. Place a bucket of water balloons bes...

How to Play: Bubble Pool

The bigger the bubble, the greater the fun! Credit: courtneyBolton, Flickr
What you need: For this game, you will need a kiddie pool, several bottles of bubble solution, an assortment of bubble blowers, and a hula hoop. How to play: Fill the k...

How to Play: Ice Cube Melt

Ice, ice baby... Credit: Nostromoo, Flickr
What you need: You will need two ice cubes. How to play: Divide the children into two teams and line them up. Each team gets an ice cube. The rules: The first player on each team rubs the ice cube ...

Childhood Unplugged: Pool Parties (Even for Landlubbers!)

Welcome to Childhood Unplugged, a weekly feature that will provide you with creative options to help keep your child from zoning out in front of the television or in some sort of cyber gaming world. Every month we'll give you complete directions for ...

Image of the Day: There is no place like the wading pool

Sometimes the only way to spend a hot afternoon is on your tummy in the wading pool. The feel of the cool water slooshing about your belly and the gentle sound of the mini waves helps soothe the heat away from your soul. These two look like they have...


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