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Cool Summer Games: Water Piñata

Summer gets really hot around these parts. So it can be difficult to get the kids outside to play in the hot afternoon, especially in August when we can hit triple digits by noon. One fun new activity we are excited to try this summer is a water piñata. We saw this incredibly fun idea on Spoonful. You don’t need much to accomplish the activity, and it can be recreated all summer long on the cheap. Which us moms love. Our kids live the excitement and the cool water. So let’s get started so they can enjoy the cool and we can watch and enjoy their reactions!

What You Will Need:

Medium-sized trash bag (we used a clear, 10-gallon bag)
Water
Rope
Tree limb
Bandanna or scarf
Broom or Bat

1. Begun by using your water hose to fill the trash bag, fill about 1-2 gallons. Knot the top of the bag well so it doesn’t come open prematurely.
2. Now take your rope and tie one end tightly underneath the knot on the trash bag. Now toss the other end of the rope over a tree branch or a support beam of your patio (this is an adult job) now tie it securely or hold it so that it can be raised or lowered (adult job).
3. Finally let the kids take turns playing. Blindfold each child one at a time, spin them in a circle 3 times, then let them take 3 whacks at the water piñata. The winner is the person who busts the bag and gets soaked!

This fun and unique piñata is easy to make and can make a splash of any summer day!

Water pinata

Summer Bucket List

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Are you looking for a fun way to keep your kiddos busy this summer? Why not create a summer bucket list? Create a list of all the fun things you and your kids want to do this summer. You can set limits for money, time or place, or just let your kids think wild and crazy. It will not only spark their imagination it is also a great way to learn more about their hopes and desires.

What You Will Need:

Bucket or pail
Lots of paper or post it notes
Pens and pencils
A wild imagination

What You Will Do:

Give everyone in the family about 10 post it notes, and a pencil and let them come up with 10 fun things they want to do this summer. If you have a budget, time schedule, or place you have to stay let everyone know they can only choose something within those limits. Now watch as everyone fills their notes. Have them share them all with the family, that way if they are too outrageous you can suggest a similar idea on a smaller scale, like instead of a trip around the world how about a road trip to the next county? Then put them all in the bucket and each day, or every weekend, take turns picking one from the bucket until you have completed all of your bucket list!

You will be excited to see what everyone chooses, and it will be fun to check things off your list like eating the biggest banana split for dinner, or ca,ping out under the stars. The possibilities are endless so enjoy!

Summer Games: Balloon Noodles

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Are your kids looking for some fun outdoor group games to play when their friends come over this summer? Are you having a birthday party or summer party and need a new great game to keep everyone busy? Well we may have found the perfect game.

Parents.com has a fun new idea for groups to play outside this summer. This Balloon Noodle game is fun for all ages and would make an excellent addition to your party game collection. What is so much fun about the game is watching people learn how to manipulate the balloons around the yard and eventually into the basket using only their pool noodles. It is also a great game to teach cooperation and teamwork because many players will find they need help from other noodles to get their balloons where they are supposed to be.

What You Will Need:

Pool noodles
Scissors (cut each pool noodle in half so that each player has one noodle short enough to hold and wield, also saves money on noodles)
Balloons
Laundry basket (depending on how many players you have you may want two or more baskets)
Timer

What You Will Do:

1. Place inflated balloons all over the backyard.
2. Place the laundry baskets about 5-10 feet apart in the center of the hard.
3. Give each player a half of a pool noodle.
4. Tell each player they have 5 minutes to try and get as many balloons as possible into the baskets. Using only their pool noodle, nothing else can touch the balloon.
5. To play with teams have each team have to get a specific color balloon into their basket. Team with the most balloons in their basket wins.

Now have fun, and don’t forget, their is no “I” in team!