Water gun fun for little ones!
It’s summer! Squirt gun time! Let the little kids play too with this fun, simple squirt gun game! It is also a great game to build hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
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Every time the water guns come out, someone ends up in tears. “She squirted my face” or “I don’t want to get wet” or “Please don’t squirt the dog”… Little kids want to join in the fun so I wanted to make water guns a game that did not end up with someone crying.
Luckily, my husband is addicted to those store crane games (the one where you try to pick up a stuffed animal with a small crane/claw). Every time he sees one- in the mall, in Walmart– anywhere- he has to stop and play it. We have boxes of stuffed animals. Boxes. Every Christmas we donate what we have accumulated to charity. I hope they won’t mind if I use a few for this game. I’m positive my husband will replenish the stash. Unfortunately for me, he is quite good at the crane game.
So here’s the game:
Fill up some water guns. I always bring a pitcher of water outside to refill the guns. This avoids wet kids running in the house or “accidents” with the hose. While the kids aren’t watching, grab a bunch of those stuffed animals and hide them throughout the yard. In the trees, under the slide, in the playhouse, behind the shed- anywhere you think a stuffed animal could hide.
Now tell the kids there are “bad guys” hiding in the yard. Let them run loose! They have to find all those bad guys and squirt them! I always try to have the kids be a team against the bad guys to avoid having a “winner” and a “loser”. Once they find all the bad guys, you can let each kid take a turn hiding the stuffed animals so the other kids can find them. It seems simple but that is usually point with younger children. It is an easy game that can keep them amused for, well, at least an hour!
Some tips fun, safety, and learning:
As I mentioned, this game is great to build hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills by shooting at the “bad guys”. Here are some other ways to make this a learning game:
- Play patterns– shoot only the dog stuffed animals or only the bad guys wearing a hat
- Practice colors– only shoot the bad guys wearing red/green/blue, etc.
- Learn counting– each person shoot five bad guys
- You can also use “green army men” for kids a bit older (maybe school age). It is harder to shoot a smaller target so kids have to aim and concentrate. Patterns and colors work great with this idea also; only shoot the green army men, only the brown army men, etc…
Another quick tip: count the number of animals that you hide. This way, no stuffed animals are left in the rain and husbands won’t run over any green army men when they are cutting the grass.
Let the games begin!
Do you have any games that you modify for smaller kids? Are there any tricks you use to make games educational? Please share!