7 Fun Outdoor Water Games (and Savor Summer Sweepstakes info!)


Dixie Products Water Play - 7 fun outdoor water games to play!

All summer Dixie Ultra’s Savor Summer Sweepstakes has been partnered with Blissfully Domestic to remind you of the great aspects of summer (with chances to win) and this month we bring you Water Play with a grand prize inflatable raft!  Spending time outside in the water is a great way to stay cool AND have fun!

If you need some new water play ideas, here are some fun games to play at the pool, lake or in the backyard. Thanks to Funattic for the ideas! Check out their site for additional games. Remember to swim safe!


Jump Rope Water Splash

Required: Jump rope, plastic cups, and waterPlayers: Small to large groups
Give each child a plastic or paper cup full of water. While two players twirl a large jump rope, jumpers one by one are to attempt three consecutive jumps. They are to do this while holding onto their cup of water and trying to do let any water spill. The child that has the most water left is the winner. You can keep playing until only one person has water left in their cup.

Over/Under Game

Required: Buckets of water, sponges, pitchers

Players: Small to large groups

Divide the group into two teams. Have them form a single file line facing the persons head next to them. At the head of each line put a bucket of water. At the other end put a pitcher with a line drawn on it. Give a sponge to the person at the head of the line where the water bucket is. That person has to dip the sponge in the water to soak in as much water as they can. They have to then pass the soaking wet sponge over their head to the person behind who then passes the sponge to the person behind them through their legs. The sponge makes its way back over the head of one person and between the legs of the next till it gets to the person standing next to the pitcher. That person must squeeze whatever water is left into the pitcher and run the sponge back up to the head of the line. When this occurs, everybody moves back one position and the person who was at the back of the line now is at the head of the line. Continue process till the pitcher is filled to line. Fun game on hot day.

Poison Pool Toss

Required: Splash Water Bombs, noodles, Finger Zingers, and other soft balls

Players: Medium to large groups

Great pool game for large gatherings. Divide the pool in half using a rope or net with players evenly distributed on both sides. If there is a deep end, make sure that players on that side are good swimmers. Have two baskets full of pool toys like noodles, vinyl balls, Splash Water Bombs, Finger Zingers and other soft-sided balls. With same number of toys in each basket, dump them in the water on each side of the line. On go, all players will try to throw the items to the other side of the line and try to keep their side of the pool free of items. You can give them 5 – 10 minutes to do so. When the whistle blows they are to stop immediately. The team with the least amount of items is the winner.

Shaving Cream Shoot Off

Required: Water guns, shaving cream, water source, hot day, and clothes to get wet in

Players: Small to large groups

Set up as many teams as you would like to have. Each team must have one large water gun filled with water and one team member willing to get wet. Make sure that all the designated targets don’t have a shirt that has an iron-on design on the front, this prevents the game from being far. On the willing team member, squirt shaving cream on the front of their shirt. If you do the same design, it makes the amount of shaving cream the same for all teams. Each member of the team will get one squirt from the water gun to try and remove the shaving cream. You will rotate the team line until all the shaving cream is removed. The first team to remove the cream is the cream of the crop or in other words, “The Winners”.

Sponge Toss Contest

Required: Large car sponges, large containers of water, receiving buckets, warm weather

Players: Small to large groups

Divide up into teams. You can have as many teams as you have equipment. Each team forms a line with teammates a little more than an arms length away from each other. At one end of the line is a large container of water with large sponges in it. The other end has a small bucket, which you could mark with a fill line where you want the finish point to be or just fill to the top. When signaled to start, teams are to race. The person at the large container is to throw a sponge to next teammate and that person to the next until it reaches the end of the line. The last person is to squeeze the sponge out and then run to the start of the line, dip the sponge in the large container and pass to next person. If sponge is dropped while being passed, it is to be thrown back to the start of the line and you are to continue again. After full rotation of line, meaning everyone has taken sponge out of large container and passed, the team with the most collected water is the winner.

The Shark & The Mermaids

Required: Large pool

Players: Small to medium groups

How to play:

One person is chosen to be the shark and the others are mermaids. The Shark starts on the side of the pool close to the middle (the ladder) while the mermaids start at one end of the pool. When the shark says go, the mermaids must try to make it across the pool and back. Meanwhile the shark jumps in and starts to try and tag the mermaids. If a mermaid is tagged they are frozen and it is up to another mermaid to unfreeze them. The mermaids win if they each make it across the pool and back and are all touching the end of the pool. The Shark wins if everyone is tagged and frozen.


  • If you are frozen you cannot unfreeze anyone even if they are only an inch away.
  • The shark may go under water.
  • All the mermaids must have touched the opposite end of the pool before they can make their way back.
  • Mermaids can communicate.

Tugboat Relay Race

Required: Pool, two ropes and two floating rafts

Players: Small to large groups

Set up teams and you’ll need at least 4 people to hold ropes unless you have a sturdy fence to tie two ropes across the length of the pool. The ropes should hang across the pool within arms length of someone on a raft in the water. Each team will have one raft and one rope to use to cross the pool. Both teams will line up behind each team starter. The first person on each team will lay or sit on raft and using their arms only, pull themselves across the pool and back. The remaining people on that team will do the same and the first team done is the winner.

Now for the winning:

Dixie Products’ “Savor Summer” sweepstakes is going on right now, and there are lots of chances to win. This month’s grand prize is an inflatable raft for fun with your family. (It would be perfect for the Tugboat Relay race above) Several Dixie Ultra Prize packs will also be given away.  It’s easy to enter. Just visit the sweepstakes page to provide info and upload a picture of water fun! This phase of the sweepstakes is open for entries until July 12.

This post was sponsored by Dixie Consumer Products.  All opinions and thoughts are my own. Which game are you going to try first?

**REMINDER:  Please be sure to practice water safety and closely monitor your child near any container of water.  Children should not be left unattended around water.  Even as little as 1 inch of water can pose a drowning risk, so monitor children closely.

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