A Sprinkler can serve several purposes. First, a sprinkler is most often used as a way to keep your lawn and garden hydrated so that it will grow well. But a sprinkler can serve another purpose and that is to be a gathering place for some cool fun and games in hot weather. A sprinkler can provide a place similar to a pool for kids to have some summer fun in the water. One of the best things about a sprinkler is that it is less expensive than a pool. Often a sprinkler can even serve two purposes at once and that is to water your lawn while the family plays in the sprinkler water. I'm going to go over some fun sprinkler activities for the whole family.
Have the kids run around the sprinkler while it is turned off. Then, when you turn on the sprinkler, all the kids must freeze. All the children must stay frozen until you turn the water back off. Any kid that moves while the water is on gets pulled out of the game.
Simon Says is a fun game to play. It can be even more fun when there is a water sprinkler. Have each of the commands have to do with the sprinkler. You could say things like, "Simon Says to walk through the sprinkler", "Simon Says to hold your hands above the water", or "Simon Says to run around the sprinkler". Each person's commands are going to be different and unique, so there aren't really any rules to what you have to say or do.
Instead of doing the traditional limbo, use your sprinkler for this game. Have somebody hold the sprinkler level. As that person holds it and sprays out water, have the children go underneath the water. Since it may be hard to go under the water, you can allow the kids to crawl or walk. Each time the children go through, lower it just a little. Kids that get wet are out, and have to hold the sprinkler next. You will want to use a sprinkler on a setting that shoots water straight out for this game.
Fill the Cup
Each family member should have a plastic or paper cup of the same size. Solo cups or Dixie Cups can work well for this game. The goal is for each person to try to fill their cup up with water from the sprinkler. No one can touch or move the sprinkler. Whoever fills up their cup first is the winner. A fun variation of this game, is that no one can move their feet while filling up the cup. If someone moves, they must dump out the cup on their head and start over again. This game is guaranteed to get lots of laughs.
Turn on some music and have a dance party in the sprinkler. You may want to do some freestyle dancing or more structured dancing like square dancing or the hokey pokey.
This game is a sprinkler version of the popular musical chairs game. Have someone turn the sprinkler off. Participants may run around when the sprinkler is off. When the sprinkler is turned back on, everyone must freeze right where they are.
Sprinkler Obstacle Course
Set up an obstacle course all within reach of the sprinkler water. The point is to get wet and cool off while traveling through the course. You can use simple objects like benches to crawl under and stations to jump rope at. Use whatever is on hand to make a challenging course. You may want to time participants if you want to have some friendly competition. See who can get through the course the fastest. Participants may also enjoy trying to beat their own times by doing it again and again.
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How to Conserve Water
Make sure that a sprinkler ban is not going on when you play these games. Sometimes in the summer, drought conditions may cause towns and cities to initiate a sprinkler ban. Always stay aware during drought conditions so that you don't break any rules and also so you don't waste water. The following are some other ways to conserve water.
- Allow your sprinkler games to serve a dual purpose by playing your sprinkler games in an area where the water will also hydrate grass, trees and/or gardens.
- Play sprinkler games around sunset so that the water does not evaporate so quickly. By playing when the sun is about to go down, the water will have a better chance to sink into the ground and water the lawn, garden or trees.
- Catch the extra water by setting out buckets or pans. Then use the water to water your garden or potted plants. Shallow pans can also be placed out so that birds may use the water to drink and bath from.
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Sprinkler games can be great fun for the whole family. It's especially fun when it's hot out. Just make sure that your town or city doesn't have a sprinkler ban going on before turning on your sprinkler. I've given some ideas for conserving water, that can be beneficial anytime that you want to turn on your sprinkler to play some games. Try to think up some variations to the games I've listed. The point is to cool off while having some summer sprinkler fun.
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