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Published May 31, 2012, 11:30 PM

Five Things Friday: Wet, wild summer fun

FARGO – As the weather gets warmer, it’s a great chance to let the kids get wet and wild in the great outdoors. Here are five outdoor water-based activities for the kids, no pool or lake required. Swimsuits are suggested, however.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Editor’s note: “5 Things Friday” is a weekly feature in SheSays that will run on – you guessed it – Fridays. It will focus on quick tips, ideas, activities and more – all in bunches of five. If you have a “5 Things Friday” suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com.

FARGO – As the weather gets warmer, it’s a great chance to let the kids get wet and wild in the great outdoors. Here are five outdoor water-based activities for the kids, no pool or lake required. Swimsuits are suggested, however.

Water Painting. Fill one bucket or other container with water for each child. Get some old large paintbrushes, and let the kids “paint” the pavement with the water. Or draw on the driveway and sidewalk with ice cubes. Try adding food coloring before freezing the cubes for colorful ice “crayons.”

Outdoor Car Wash. Head to the driveway with buckets of soapy and plain water, washrags and sponges. Have your child collect all his or her non-wooden, water-safe toy cars and trucks and play car wash. Next, let the kids wash up their “real” vehicles, such as their tricycles, Big Wheels or wagons.

Milk Carton Waterwheel: Use a pencil to poke a hole in the bottom left-hand corner of each side of the four sides of a half-gallon paper milk carton. With scissors, poke a hole in the top flap of the milk carton. Tie a string through this hole, and tie the carton to a tree branch. While covering the holes in the sides of the milk carton, have a helper pour water into the carton. When the carton is filled, take your fingers off the holes and watch what happens to the milk carton as the water flows out.

Water Balloon Cut-Up: Fill long, thin balloons with cool water. Fill a paper plate with five of these “water logs.” Using a plastic butter knife, try to carve the logs. If playing in a group, the first person to carve all five balloons wins. Or race against the clock, trying to beat your best time.

Bubble Pie Relay: Fill two big buckets with sudsy, soapy water. Put two empty buckets at the opposite end of the playing field. Divide into two teams, each lined up behind the soapy buckets. The leader in each line holds an empty aluminum pie tin. When the whistle blows, fill the pie tin with soapy water and race for the opposite end of the field. Dump what’s left of your “pie” into the empty bucket and run back to your line. Pass the empty pie pan to the next person in line, continuing until everyone has had a turn. The team with the most bubbly water in the bucket at the other end wins.

Ideas from “The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual” by Shannon Hyland-Tassava and www.tlc.howstuffworks.com.

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