Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Fun 2014 - Tossing Water Balloons into Swinging Buckets


We were inspired by Anita Yasuda's Explore Space! 25 Great Projects, to try throwing water balloons into swinging buckets. 

Actually, Yasuda's book called for throwing a ball into a moving bucket, as part of an Mars mission lesson.  We dropped the lesson, added an extra bucket, switched out the ball for a batch of water balloons, and ended up with a great summertime challenge.

To play, simply hang one bucket  per child, or team, from a swing-set, tree branch, or overhang.  We looped a long jump rope through the handles of the buckets, and the hooks on our swing-set to hang ours.

Give the children water balloons (as many as you can stand to fill).


Set the buckets swinging.


And, instruct the children to throw as many water balloons into their respective buckets as possible.


When all the balloons are gone, check the water level in the buckets.


The one with the most water in their bucket is the winner.


3 comments:

Angelic Scalliwags said...

Of course the temptation to throw them at each other might be too great for my children to ignore....

Ticia said...

Oh this would have been so fun last week on the reservation for water day!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

This is very fun! Now I just need our drought to end...