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Published January 2nd 2013
Water, water everywhere
If you are looking to keep your children amused during the summer, while at the pool or the beach, here are some great water games they can play.
Treasure Dive is ideal for children who are not afraid to swim under water. There is no minimum number of players. All you need to do is throw coins or pebbles or any other objects which sink to the bottom of the pool and let the children race to see who picks up the treasure first.
You will need 2+ players. Divide children into two teams and run a rope across the middle of the swimming pool to define two sides. Give each time equal amount of toys which float – these are the water bombs. Each team is required to throw the "bombs" to blow up their opponents. Set a timer for each round. Whoever ends up with the least amount of bombs on their side wins.
An old favourite, this game is ideal for children who are good swimmers. You need 3 or more people. One player is designated "It" and he/she must swim around the pool with closed eyes, attempting to tag the others. The It player may call out "Marco" at which time the other players must respond with "Polo". When the It player tags another, the tagged person becomes It.
For this game you will need a swimming noodle for each player. The players will need to sit on the noodles so that one part of the noodle sticks out at the front and the other at the back. Noodle jockeys can kick with their feet or use their arms to swim, but must remain upright at all times. Start the race at one end of the pool and whoever gets to the other side first wins.
Great game to play on a hot summer's day. Simply fill up party balloons with water, place them in two buckets and divide children into 2 teams. Have each child throw a water bomb at an opposing player, trying to get them wet.
For this game you will need water balloons, water guns, sponges, buckets and treasure toy, such as a beach ball. Divide players into two teams and place the treasure toy at either end of the garden. Line up each team next to the treasure toy and place a rope in front of them. Give each player a weapon such as a sponge, plastic water cup, water balloon or water gun. When you say "Go" each team races to the opposing side trying to steal their treasure toy. If a player gets wet on their way to steal the treasure, they must return to their start line and try again. Whichever team steals their opponents treasure toy wins.
You can either purchase a Slip and Slide toy from a department store or make your own slippery slide from heavy duty plastic which can be bought from a hardware store. Slip and Slide toy connects to a hose which keeps it wet and if you have your own plastic sheet (make it at least 4 metres long), spray it with water and add a few drops of non toxic soap to make it super slippery. Place two slides next to each other and start the race. Whoever reaches the end of the slippery slide wins.
This game can either be played in teams or individually. Give each child (or team) a small bucket and have them stand on the side of the pool, ensuring they are touching the walls. Buckets should be placed on the side of the pool. Throw a bucket of ping pong balls into the water. Each player must collect as many ping pong balls, one at a time and carry them back to their (or their team's) bucket. Whoever collects the most balls wins.
This is a great game for older children, who enjoy swimming under water. Divide children into 2 teams. Each child can be given a pair of goggles or a mask, so they can see better under water. Place 10 or more coins or pebbles on either side of the swimming pool on a net or inside a bucket which has been weighed down. Start the battle. Each player must dive underwater and try to steal their opponents coins or pebbles and place them into the net/bucket on their side of the pool. Whoever has the most pieces at the end of the game wins.