Water Squirter Math Game

by Jen in STEM Activity,Uncategorized

water squirter math gameIt’s time for the Outdoor Play Party. The weather has been hot, hot, hot this week. We’ve been looking for fun ways to keep cool outside. We don’t want to simply hide away inside when the weather turns hot…instead we want to find ways to safely enjoy ourselves. This past week my girls have been in camp at a local farm. When they get home at the end of the day they are tired and sweaty. So, we created a super fun water squirter math game to play in our backyard. I love combining play, learning and getting outdoors. Here’s what we did.

First the girls collected and decorated 6 toilet paper rolls each. After they decorated their toilet paper rolls I wrapped them with clear packing tape….this waterproofed the rolls.water game rolls

Next, the girls lined up the rolls on a couple of outdoor tables and filled their water squirters. We use water sprayers that are typically used to mist plants. When you adjust the sprayer, they shoot quite straight…I’m not a huge fan of water guns.water squirter math game

How do you play the game? The girls took turns answering math questions, that I asked them. I asked my eldest daughter multiplication questions and my younger daughter addition questions. If the girls answered correctly, they get to try and spray down one of their toilet paper rolls. If they answered incorrectly, they were sprayed by their opponent. The first one to knock over all of their toilet paper rolls wins the game.outdoor chalkboard

I even let my girls work the answers out on our outdoor chalkboard. In the end, the game digressed into a simple water fight… which is always a great way to stay cool and have some fun. They are looking forward to giving this game a try again tomorrow night when they get home from their last day of camp.

Now, on with the Outdoor Play Party. Last week there were some fabulous posts linked up. Here are a couple of my favourites…

backyard hopscotchI just LOVE this backyard hopscotch idea from Adventures in Wunderland.

car wash kidP is for Preschooler did a great job creating a backyard car wash for kids.

If you were featured this week, go ahead and grab our “Featured at the Outdoor Play Party” button for your site. Feel free to grab our button and place it in your site’s side bar, or add a link back to our party. We will happily share your post on Facebook, Twitter and the Outdoor Play Party Pinterest page. By contributing your post to this linky party you are giving permission for an image and link to your post to be republished if you are featured.

Emma July 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for the feature – you just made my day!:)

Kierna July 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Looks like a perfect way to cool off.

Cat (Yellow Days) July 20, 2013 at 7:24 am

That looks great fun. Thanks for linking up to our Parenting Pin-it Party.

Coombemill July 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

A perfect example of how to make learning fun! Don’t forget to link back at Country Kids

Mary Catherine July 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this at Stress-Free Sunday last week. I know my son would LOVE your water squirter math game! In fact, it’s on our list of things to try before summer is over. I’m featuring this post today! :)

Deceptively Educational July 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I cannot even tell you how much my son would enjoy this! Thank you for coming up (and sharing) with such a great way to enjoy the summer sun while keeping math skills sharp! I’m featuring this tomorrow at the After School Linky Party. Stop by to check it out and share more of your amazing ideas!

Jen July 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Thanks so much. It really is a lot of fun! I’ll be sure to stop by.

Rachael July 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

Thanks for featuring our hopscotch! The kids are loving it….they’ve been out there every day!

Pauline, Lessons Learnt Journal July 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

Love the water squirter math game (and the water fight afterwards). Just lovely! Thank you for sharing it at the Kids CoOp. So thrilled to be featuring this post as part of invitations to play with water roundup. xo Pauline

Hannah @ Making Boys Men August 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Love it, we have plenty of spray bottles and I like how you got a bit of learning in their too.

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