Every so often in the summer, we have a day where I really don’t want to leave the comfort of my air conditioned house. A trip to the beach, or even the park, is just not happening on these kinds of days. (Please jump in at any time and let me know I’m not alone here!) However, my desire to stay inside doesn’t seem to temper the childrens desire for adventure, and if anything, only seems to spark it more. What’s a mom to do?
Here’s what I do: Host a Water War.
Wait, what? How is that a simple alternative to not leaving your house? Trust me, it is… with a little preplanning and effort (on the days you do feel like leaving home), you can have a relatively peaceful day at home while your kids have an absolute ball. How? It’s easy. The next time you’re at a store like Wal-Mart, pick up the essentials for the water war – some you may already have. We grabbed a couple of water guns, a package of water balloons, a couple of packs of sponges (to make the sponge bombs), and lots of extra sunscreen. You can never be too safe when waters involved – so remember to grease them up 30 minutes before the water fun AND after they finish.
As I mentioned in our last summer adventures post, we would die without these two Banana Boat® products – Banana Boat® Sport Performance® with POWERSTAY TECHNOLOGY™ and Banana Boat® Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 50. We use the spray because I’m pretty sure it would be easier to put an octopus in a laundry bag than it would be to rub cream into every inch of my girls bodies, especially my youngest. We use the Sunscreen Stick on their face though, which my girls generally love, because it’s like putting make up on!
Now the trickiest part of this whole thing is getting them to wait the 30 minutes after I’ve announced we will be having “The Absolute Best Water Fight Ever in History”. To do this, I have them help me fill the water balloons, which, if you have a preschooler, you know that will easily take 30 minutes! We also fill up the water guns and put the sponge balls together, if they haven’t already been done. (Making them in simple – cut three sponges into thirds, stack in a 3×3 pile, and put a small elastic around the middle… if you’re like me, a rainbow loom elastic will do quite well!)
After that, the only thing you have left to do is sit back and watch the fun – or if you really want to cool down, join in! It’s also hilarious to watch from your deck while you enjoy a cool drink and even read a book. We put this party together for Cecelia’s friends who were stopping by, but my girls said they had to “try it out” before everyone arrived. Can’t you tell they were having so much fun?! I love the last shot – Stella thought they were all done the water war, and went to swing, when her sister snuck up behind her and totally dunked her!
And then there was this – the last shot I got before I had to run for cover. Stella unscrewed the sprinkler from the hose (which I naively said was ok) and turned on me! I managed to hide my camera before she soaked me, so it was all in good fun and made for some great memories. We all dried off and reapplied sunscreen before sitting on the deck with freezies while waiting for friends to arrive. Everyone had a great time, and all it took was a little planning and some safety precautions (making sure no one burned!).
The girls said it’s definitely on their must do list again this summer, which means it’s a total win for this mama. And before I go, I have to share this last shot… because I’m pretty sure that smile could melt more hearts than mine! I’m pretty sure no one else has smiled that much while applying sunscreen 😉
Tell me… how do you keep your kids from getting restless in the summer when you just need a little break? I can’t wait to get more ideas, and if you try this one out, let me know how much fun you had!
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