So, if you want to guarantee lots of fun for your young ones, try some of these water games for childrens parties. Some of these games can be played in a pool, but many can be played in the back yard with a sprinkler, wet sponges or water balloons.
Hula Hoop Submarine: In the pool, hold a toy hula hoop under the water a foot or so. Then players take turns swimming through it underwater.
Water Tag: Play a traditional game of tag, but the player who’s “It” uses a water gun or a wet sponge to tag the other players. The first player tagged becomes the next “It” and refills the water gun or sponge with water.
Wet Sponge Basketball: Divide the players into pairs, and give each pair a wet sponge. One player will hold his or her arms in a hoop in front, and the other will shoot for the hoop with the sponge. Substitute hula hoops if they are available.
Wet Musical Chairs: Set up plastic outdoor chairs around a sprinkler (one less chair than there are players). You stand by the sprinkler spigot. The rest of the players march around the chairs with the sprinkler running. The minute you turn the sprinkler off, everyone has to scramble for a chair. A chair is removed each round. The last person sitting in the last chair wins the wettest player award.
Greased Pig: Spray a water balloon with non-stick cooking spray, then have a hot-potato-type contest, passing the balloon from player to player. If you drop the balloon, you have to step out. The last player standing without dropping the “greased pig” is the winner.
Water Balloon Launch: This game takes a lot of room, but it’s a hit with children Tie a bungee cord tautly between two trees. Attach a “launch pad” (a pocket made of old denim or a cotton-knit t-shirt works well) in the middle of the bungee cord. Place a water balloon in the pocket, pull way back on the bungee, then let the water balloon fly. Have a contest to see which players can launch their balloons the farthest.
Ping-Pong Blow: At the pool or beach, set ping-pong balls on the surface of the water. Players blow the balls across the pool or to a designated place in the water. Divide into teams, and see which team can be first to get their balls in place.
Water Balloon Spoon Races: Fill up small water balloons, and let players race with them on spoons, as in an old-fashioned egg race. The first player to the finish line with his/her balloon intact is the winner.
Water Balloon Toss: Players choose partners and stand across from each other. Players toss a water balloon back and forth, stepping further back with each toss. For a variation, try catching the balloon in a bowl, bucket, or towel.
Water Balloon Squeeze: The whole purpose of this activity is to get wet. Each player places a water balloon on his or her head and squeeze until it pops. Substitute water balloons for water balls or giant sponges. Who looks the wettest?
Water Balloon Teamwork: Divide players into two teams. Have the players pair up within their team with a partner, back to back and linking arms. Place a water balloon between the two players. Have them carefully walk to a designated spot with a bucket. Together, they must get the water balloon in the bucket without popping it. After they run back, the next two players can go. The team with the most intact water balloons is the winner at the end.
Water Balloon Smash Relay: Divide the players into two teams, and give each player one water balloon. The objective is to run to a designated place with the balloon, sit on it to smash it, and run back. The first team to finish wins.
Wet Shaves: Divide the players into pairs. Give one player of each pair a squirt bottle filled with water. The other player in the pair puts on swim googles and spreads shaving cream on the lower half of his or her face. The “barber” stands five feet away and squirts water in the face of his or her partner, trying to remove all the shaving cream. The first pair to complete “the shave” wins.
Wet Sponge Hot Potato: All players sits in a circle. Players play music or sing a song as they pass the wet sponge around the circle. When the short piece of music has ended or the song is over, the player left with the wet sponge can squeeze it over his or her head. This player can also choose to squeeze it over another player’s head. Then rewet the sponge and start over again.