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This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions, Pool Noodle Sword Fighting, Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! 

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! It's versatile for playing in the water. Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions. Pool Noodle Sword Fighting and a Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! #watergames #summergames #outdoorplay

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Supplies for Making A Water Tarp Game

I have exactly one picture of how this water tarp game is put together. Sometimes we get busy building things and forget to snap pictures. In this case the pictures predate dinosaurs and couldn’t be found. We made this game quite a few years ago and for some extremely weird reason it had never been shared on the blog. Some of the children seen playing are now teenagers. No joke!

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! It's versatile for playing in the water. Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions. Pool Noodle Sword Fighting and a Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! #watergames #summergames #outdoorplay

Printable Instructions available at the bottom of this post

Making the Tarp Target Backdrop

First, lay out the tarp which is going to be the Target Backdrop. You will need a nice big area for your work space. 

Place an old torn apart box underneath the spot you will be working to act as your cutting board. 

Draw out your shapes of choice to become the Target.

Then cut them open using the Box Cutter to get the hole started then the scissors to finish.

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! It's versatile for playing in the water. Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions. Pool Noodle Sword Fighting and a Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! #watergames #summergames #outdoorplay

Duck Tape the inner area of each hole. The tape will serve to both draw attention to that hole and reinforce the tarp.

Add point values underneath each hole using different colors of Duck Tape. Three holes is plenty as too many holes will weaken the tarp too much. 

Once all your target holes are complete you are ready to attach the Backdrop to the poles.

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! It's versatile for playing in the water. Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions. Pool Noodle Sword Fighting and a Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! #watergames #summergames #outdoorplay

Roll the ends of the tarp around each pole and secure in place with more Duck tape as shown in photo above.

Now for the fun part, go put your tarp target into the ground!

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! It's versatile for playing in the water. Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions. Pool Noodle Sword Fighting and a Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! #watergames #summergames #outdoorplay

Printable Instructions available at the bottom of this post

How To Make The Water Tarp Game Playing Surface

This is the surface area fondly referred to by summer fun lovers of all ages as a homemade slip and slide surface. 

Lay out all 4 remaining tarps on the ground close to the backdrop.

Secure the tarps together with Duck Tape. 

Use Plastic Tarp Stakes to secure the four corners into the ground

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! It's versatile for playing in the water. Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions. Pool Noodle Sword Fighting and a Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! #watergames #summergames #outdoorplay

Time to let the fun begin!

Wet the surface with the water hose. Cover the tarp surface with lots of dish soap, be generous.

Turn on the sprinkler and let the fun begin!

Water Game Supplies

Games To Play on A Water Tarp Game

  • Water Balloon Dodge Ball (Just like Dodge Ball except with water balloons)
  • Pool Noodle Sword Fight
  • Water Relay Races (Have 2 Buckets full of water, one for each team. Give each team a Tablespoon to carry water from their bucket to a container, such as a plastic tea pitcher, at the other end of the wet slippery tarp. First team to fill their pitcher wins. Be sure the tarp is very slippery with dish soap.  
  • Slip and Slide
  • Water Bomb Target Competitions (Toss the water bombs through the targets. Whoever gets highest score wins)
  • Pool Noodle Toss (add up points for tossing the Pool noodle through the target holes.)
  • Use the Target Backdrop for Photos

Pool Noodle Target Practice

The Pool Noodle Target Practice Game is super easy to make as well.

  • 8 Pool Noodles
  • Duck Tape 
  • 2 PVC pipes

Wrap 6 pool noodles into a circle and secure with Duck Tape. 

Insert the 2 PVC pipes into the ground and slide the remaining 2 Pool Noodles onto them.

Use Duck tape to tie all of the round noodles together as shown. 

The boys had fun throwing pool noodles like spears and trying to rind the targets. 

Printable Instructions available at the bottom of this post

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Water Tarp Game

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! It's versatile for playing in the water. Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions. Pool Noodle Sword Fighting and a Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot! #watergames #summergames #outdoorplay

This one DIY Water Tarp Game will keep the kids busy with backyard summer water activities for hours! Play Water Balloon games, Water Bomb Target competitions, Pool Noodle Sword Fighting, Slip and Slide surface and even use the Target Backdrop as a Photo spot!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Materials

Tools

  • Box Cutter
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. First, lay out the tarp which is going to be the Target Backdrop. You will need a nice big area for your work space. 
  2. Place an old torn apart box underneath the spot you will be working to act as your cutting board. 
  3. Draw out your shapes of choice to become the Target.
  4. Then cut them open using the Box Cutter to get the hole started then the scissors to finish.
  5. Duck Tape the inner area of each hole. The tape will serve to both draw attention to that hole and reinforce the tarp.
  6. Add point value numbers using different colors of Duck Tape.
  7. Roll the ends of the tarp around each pole and secure in place with more Duck tape
  8. Install into the ground in your backyard for playing

HOW TO MAKE THE WATER TARP PLAYING SURFACE

  1. Lay out all 4 remaining tarps on the ground close to the backdrop.
  2. Secure the tarps together with Duck Tape. 
  3. Use Plastic Tarp Stakes to secure the four corners into the ground

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  1. Forget the kids, I want to play this on a hot summer day! This looks like so much fun, who doesn’t love a slip and slide. Homemade games are so much fun!

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