With the Fourth of July holiday coming up this weekend, you know hot, hot days are ahead for central Illinois (although I think it was cold and I was wrapped up in blanket for Red, White and Boom last year!). Here are some fun activities with water for your get together with family, friends or neighbors-
*play muscial sprinkler. Turn the sprinkler OFF. Have the children run, jump, and pose. Turn the sprinkler ON and the children must freeze.
*wet some sponges. Have a relay passing the sponge over the head and then between the legs.
*more relays-for each team have two buckets (one filled with water and one empty). Place the buckets some distance apart. Sponge relay/dip sponge in water, run and wring into the empty bucket. Measure water after two minutes or a set time. Ladle relay/same concept scooping water with a kitchen ladle. Cup relay/scoop water in plastic drinking glass. Hold glass on top of your head and dump into bucket. Cup relay w/a partner-have teams of two. One team member is by a water bucket with a plastic drinking cup and the other person is sitting on the ground or lawn chair holding a cup on top of their head (having kids and parents do this together is hilarious. The parent has the cup on their head). Child scoops up water runs and tries to pour into cup on top of their parent's head. Gaurenteed laughs and giggles!