It’s officially summer! The school year has come to a close and there are a lot more opportunities for the kiddos to move it on outside to play. In addition to having fun in the sun with sprinklers, pools, bikes (and so on and so forth), outdoor games always provide a great source of entertainment. However, you can end up spending quite a bit of cash on all of those games. OR you can simply make some yourself using many materials you most likely already have lying around the house! I know, exciting right? The following are the first couple games that I recently made for my kids!

First up, we have sponge ball water fights. (It’s a different version of the good old water balloon fight!)

Materials Needed:
New/clean sponges (you will need 2 for each ball you make)
Rubber bands (1 per ball)
Scissors
Buckets, or some sort of container to hold water

1. Cut each sponge into 6 equal pieces.

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

2. I used 2 different colored sponges for each ball and layered them like this:

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

3. Wrap a rubber band around the middle of your sponge strips and then “fluff” it into a ball shape.

4. Now comes the fun part… dip them in water and throw them at each other! (Disclaimer: you may want to change into your bathing suits for this game.) It’s a great alternative way to cool off during those hot days!

Emma holding her sponge ball. She wanted to use her watering can to hold the water. (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

Emma holding her sponge ball. She wanted to use her watering can to hold the water. (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

Next up, how about a fun game of milk jug toss? (My kids had a blast with this one. We even used one of the sponge balls for this game!)

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

Materials Needed:
Empty/clean milk jugs
Box cutter (for cutting the milk jugs)
Washi tape (optional)
Some sort of (soft) ball (the sponge ball from above works well!)

1. Wash out and dry the milk jugs. I used 2 (one for each of my girls).

2. Use a box cutter to cut off a couple of inches from the bottom of each jug.

3. Use Washi  craft tape to add some flare and personalize it (if you so desire).

4. Then, it’s time to have a game of toss. The object of the game is to catch the ball that the other player throws to you in your milk jug.

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

And if nothing else, you can always use one of the milk jugs as a hat!

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

Photo Credit: C. Corrigan

 

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