The weather has been hot, hot, hot this summer. We are always 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 and might as well squeeze in some summer learning too. That’s what makes this a great summer STEM activity for the kids!
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There are plenty of ways to play with water and keep cool…even if you don’t have a pool. On a hot summer day, the kids can get pretty tired and sweaty. So, we created a super silly water squirter math game to play in the backyard. I love finding ways to combine playing, learning and getting outdoors.
This game is totally flexible and can be made more challenging for older kids. Simply increase the difficulty in the math questions being asked. Grab the spray bottles and get ready to have some fun!
Water Squirter Math Game for Kids
First, collect and decorate 6 toilet paper rolls for each participant…you could totally use more toilet paper rolls, depending on how many questions you want to ask. The kids can decorate the roll however they like. This is just a little creative crafting part of the game. After the paper rolls are decorated it’s time to wrap the rolls with clear packing tape….this will make the rolls waterproof.
Next, line up the rolls on a couple of outdoor tables and fill the water squirters. We use water sprayers that are typically used to mist plants. When you adjust the sprayer, they shoot a straight stream of water…I’m not a huge fan of water guns. A good tip when you’re working with water squirters is to label them. Labelling the sprayers means the bottles are only used for water – no one adds anything else to the bottles. Better safe than sorry.
How do you play the water squirter math game?
The kids take turns answering simple math questions, that you ask them. I asked my eldest daughter multiplication questions and my younger daughter addition questions.
2 x 3 = 6
14 + 9 = 23
If the girls answered correctly, they’d win a point and try and spray down one of their own toilet paper rolls. If they answered incorrectly, their opponent could spray them. The first one to knock over all of their toilet paper rolls wins the game. Get the answer correct = score a point. Get the answer incorrect = get sprayed!
Let the kids work the answers out on an outdoor chalkboard…you could have scrap paper available or let them use sidewalk chalk to work out the answers.
In the end, the game might digress into a full-on water fight… which is always a great way to stay cool and have some fun. The kids will be looking forward to giving this game a try again and again…all summer long.
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