Water fights can be lots of fun in the summer, particularly if the whole family participates. Spending fun time with the adults in their lives is one of the best experiences children can have. It is not only enjoyable for the children, it also helps them feel more secure and self-assured to have this kind of positive attention. Here are some tips on how to do it.
How to have a family water fight
- Choose your weapons:There are many choices of weapons for water fights. Families could use hoses, buckets and cups, water pistols, supersoakers,water balloons or even wet rags. However, one of the best weapons is spray bottles. They hold more water than water pistols, and the spray can be varied from a stream to a mist by turning the nozzle. They also waste less water than hoses, wading pools and wet slides. Plus they to not leave a mess as water balloons do.
- Designate a safe area for play:Avoid hard surfaces such as asphalt, cement and tile. These surfaces are not only slippery when wet but also unforgivingly hard when someone takes a fall. Choose a grassy area of your yard or a local park. Make sure it is devoid of hidden holes, rocks and objects that are easy to run into such as benches. Hilly terrain is all right and can actually add to the fun.
- Set ground rules: Children rarely think things through the way adults would. It might seem very funny to them to squirt someone directly in the face because they do not fully understand the consequences it has for the victim. Make a set of ground rules together. Include the children’s input. They are more likely to understand and obey rules that they participate in creating.
- Dress appropriately: Avoid clothing such as jeans that will become heavy when wet. Wear bathing suits or shorts and shirts. Do not wear clothing that is translucent when wet. Stay away from open-toed shoes. They can cause both children and adults to trip and be injured. Barefoot is best if the area is safe , but cloth sneakers with good soles are the best footwear. Be sure that everyone is wearing waterproof sunscreen.
- Anticipate what you will need when the fight is over: Before starting the fight, put large towels in plastic trash bags to protect them from getting wet. Set them just outside of the game area. You do not want to go into the house dripping wet to find towels. If you are at the park or another public place, do the same thing with a change of clothing per person. Include jackets. You may also need drinks and snacks. Water fights can be hard work.
- Have fun: Yes, the kids will probably seem to be out of control. As long as they are safe and not hurting anyone, it is not a cause for concern. One of the objectives of a water fight is to let the children break loose and release pent up energy. It is good for adults, too. If a child should break a rule, yelling and scolding will put a damper on the event for everyone. Instead, remind the child kindly and if necessary have a quiet and positive discussion and help him or her think through their actions.
More fun with spray bottles:
- No-cleanup art: “Paint” the sidewalk, driveway or even the side of the house with plain water using the spray bottles. Adjust the spray to draw pictures from the area darkened by the water. These will evaporate, of course, but they will be fun to do and you can save them in photographs if you are quick.
- Rain art: Sprinkle dry tempera paint on large pieces of news print. Use several colors per sheet. Shoot the spray into the air and let it “rain” on the paper. Wet it just enough to let the colors run together. Allow to dry in the sun. Examine together the art that is created and which new colors have been created when the wet paint ran together.
- Shooting gallery: Set up a shooting gallery with ping pong balls balanced on the mouth of plastic soda bottles. Have children adjust the spray nozzle to stream and try to shoot the balls off the bottles. You can also hang light objects from strings and have the children shoot at them.
- Car wash: With spray bottles and rags children can wash their toy cars, bikes and other riding toys or any other suitable object. Be sure to establish which objects are safe to do this with and which are not.
Summer is more than half over. Enjoy the summer fun with your children while you can. This summer comes but once in a lifetime, both yours and their’s. Make the most of it.
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