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It's 90 degrees and the kids are broiling. Your yard has no pool and you're trying to keep your cool.


Tell the kids to gather up a group of friends in swimsuits. By organizing wet relay races, you'll be a totally cool parent in more ways than one.


What you'll need:

  • 2 buckets
  • 2 plastic cups
  • 2 large identical sponges
  • 2 large T-shirts
  • 2 empty liter soda bottles
  • Stopwatch or watch with a second hand


What you'll do:

  • Fill two empty soda bottles with water. Mark off a start and finish line. At the start of the race, each player holds a bottle upside down and runs to the finish line -- where the bottle is immediately turned right side up. The player whose bottle still holds the most water wins.
  • Place two buckets filled with water at the starting line and two identical plastic cups at the finish line. Players are given identical sponges and must soak the sponge in the bucket, then run to the finish line and squeeze the sponge into the glass before returning for another soak. Use a stopwatch to count out a minute, and then see whose cup holds the most water.
  • Have a G-rated wet-T-shirt contest. In this team relay, contestants must dip a T-shirt into a water bucket, pull it on while it's soaking wet, run to a designated spot and then sprint back to the starting line. At that point, they'll take off the T-shirt and hand it to the next player, who will do the same thing (it doesn't matter if the T-shirt is inside out).
  • Another wet team relay: At the starting line, a team member fills a small plastic cup with water, holds it with his or her teeth and walks to the finish line, where a seated teammate is holding a soda bottle between his or her knees. The player with the cup must carefully pour the water into the bottle -- without using any hands -- before returning to the starting line, where another player will do the same task. The first team to fill the soda bottle wins.
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