Help kids cool off and keep them entertained this summer with fun, free backyard games.
Have an adult fill a bucket with water balloons, and ask the kids to divide into pairs. Each member of a duo holds the edges of a beach towel and faces off with another twosome: Using the beach towel, the pairs toss a water balloon to each other, scooting a little father away each time, until the balloon eventually breaks with a splash. The kids can keep tossing until the bucket of balloons is empty. But be warned: The activity might morph into an all-out-water-balloon fight. (Note: Balloons can be a choking hazard, so pick up any pieces promptly, and keep an eye on children 3 and younger.)