When the temperatures soar, the kids bunk down inside the house and turn on the electronics. That's okay. . . sometimes. But sometimes I want them up, running around and having fun.
My husband and I spent a half hour filling up a bucket with water balloons. We didn't tell the kids; they were so enthralled with their Minecraft game they didn't notice.
The kids are already talking about doing this again, but they get the water guns this time! As I was cleaning up all the little pieces of balloon that were everywhere, we had neighbors coming out to comment on our family fight. It seems that we made an impressive amount of noise and had an impressive amount of fun.
There wasn't much prep time and it was a lot of fun to do. I will be keeping my eyes out for some other fun ways to get my kids out from in front of the computer this summer (says the one on the computer right now!!).
If I do it again:
This is a request from my daughter and something I didn't know! Turns out, if you leave AIR in the water balloon it bounces instead of breaking. She asked that I squeeze the air out before tying the water balloon next time so that she could have more hits. There was a time where she nailed me right in the arm with a water balloon and it bounced off and landed on the ground before breaking. I had no idea that was why!!!