Squirt Gun Games
|The Best Squirt
Gun Games for kids, tweens and teens!
Our favorite Water Gun games that are easy to play, cheap,
unique and perfect for summer parties, picnics, parks and
backyard get togethers - anytime you need to cool down with some
All the games require squirt guns and a large container filled
with water that can be used as a fill up station during the
games. A large tote or small kiddie pool works great
and will allow lots of kids to fill up their water guns at the
Anything else required to play the games will be listed right
below the game title in italics.
Squirt Gun and Water Gun Game
Beach Ball Targets
Beach balls, string, high power water guns
Hang beach balls from tree branches by tying string around the beach
ball valve. Write different point values on the beach balls
(5, 7, 10, 12, 15 points) where the higher point value is harder to hit.
Line players up and have them try to hit as many targets as they can
with the water gun filled up only once. When the beach ball moves
you will know it's been hit.
Kiddie pool filled with water, small boat, 2 pieces of
Fill the pool with water and tape a piece of string across the top of
the pool about 1/4 of the way from each players side high enough so that
the boat can float underneath them. Place the boat in the center
of the pool. Players use their squirt guns to move the boat back
and forth trying to get it to pass under their opponents goal line
(string). When the boat is moved completely behind the string the
player earns 1 point and the boat is placed back in the center of the
pool. Play to 15 points.
Variation: Play individually or with 2 - 3 players on a team. The
bigger the pool the more challenging the game.
Tip: If you don't have a boat a ping pong ball or any ball that floats
Shaving cream and 2 large beach balls.
Cover the beach balls with shaving cream. Set the beach balls on
top of a large plastic cup so they don't
move. Divide the kids into two teams and give each player a water
gun. Teams try to clean off the shaving cream from their beach ball
using the water from their squirt guns. The first team with a
clean ball wins!
Plastic cups, table or flat surface
Give individuals (or teams) 25 - 40 plastic cups each and tell them to
build a fortress with them. When the fortresses are done
have the opposing team (or players) try to knock down the fortress using
only a squirt gun. There is a little bit of a learning curve
to figure out how to use the cups to build the best fortress so play
several rounds. Lots of fun!
Played just like the game of tag. One player starts out with a
squirt gun and they tag others players by squirting them with water.
If a player is tagged they must freeze in place. Other
players can unfreeze frozen players by crawling through their legs.
But be careful! If the player gets tagged while trying to unfreeze
another player then both players are frozen! When all
players have been frozen the player with the water gun chooses a new
player to use the squirt gun and all players are unfrozen for a new
round of play!
Large t-shirts, gallon Ziploc bags, water
The night before the game wet down a t-shirt and fold then place in the
Ziploc bag. Fill the bag with water and seal. Lay flat and
freeze overnight. Right before the game remove the frozen t-shirt
and ice from the bags and give one to each player (or team).
Players can use only their squirt guns to melt the ice around the
t-shirt. First player (or team) to melt the ice enough so that the
player can put on the shirt wins! Lots of fun and a great
way to cool off on hot summer days!
Large pan, water, small plastic toys
The night before the game fill several (one per player or per team) half
way with water. Add the plastic toys to the pan and fill the
pan with cold water. Freeze over night. The toys should be
in the center of the ice the next morning.
Pop the ice out of the pan in one piece and set on the grass (or game
area). Give each team or player a squirt gun and have them squirt
water at the ice block until all the toys are free from ice.
Players can only use water from the squirt gun to melt the ice - no
hands. First team (or player if playing individually) to free all
their items from the ice wins!
Ping Pong Targets
Empty water bottles, ping pong balls, rocks or dirt for bottle
Remove the label from 16 ounce water bottles and replace with colorful
duct tape or paper. Fill with rocks or dirt 1/3 of the way
full to weight down the bottles so they won't move.
Place ping pong balls on the openings of the water bottles (make sure to
remove the water bottle caps!) and set up targets in a row.
Mark off a shooting line with tape or sidewalk chalk for the players to
stand behind while they try and shoot the ping pong balls off the
bottles with their squirt guns.
Variation: Set up bottles in rows or a pyramid.
Increase the distance between the shooting line and the targets for each
round of play.
6 Large plastic cups, table
Set the plastic cups upside down to form a pyramid (3 cups on the
bottom, 2 on the next level and 1 on the top) on a table. Players take
turns trying to knock down the pyramid with water from their squirt
guns. Take turns or set up several pyramids and see who can knock
theirs over first.
Variation: Set up larger pyramids using 10 cups, 15 cups or 21
Squirt Gun Boogie
Large beach ball, laundry baskets or boxes for goals (2)
Teams try to get the beach ball from the center of the playing field
into the opposing teams goal using only the water from their squirt
1 Point for each goal scored. Play to 10, 15 or 21 points.
No hands or feet can touch the ball or the other team gets the ball at
Lots of fun and a real team sport!
Plastic drinking cups, string
Set up the game by punching 1 hole in each bottom of the cups about 1/2 inch
from the side. Tie the string onto a tree and then thread
the end of the string through the hole in the bottom of the cup.
Tie the other end of the string a distance away about 4 - 5 feet from
the ground. Make a separate string and cup so that teams can
play or more tracks for individual games.
The players fill up their water guns and shoot at the inside of the
plastic cup to make it move down the string. First player to get
their cup to the other end wins!
String Race Double Challenge
Set up the game the same as the above String Race game only instead of
threading one cup on the string thread two cups onto the string.
One cup facing one way and the other cup facing the other way.
Mark the middle of the string with a permanent marker. 4
feet on each side of the strings middle mark place a mark. This
mark is each sides goal line.
At the same time players try to shoot water into the cup facing them to
move both cups down the string to their opponents goal line.
Each time one player moves both cups down the string past their
opponents goal line they win 1 point. Then reset the cups to
the middle mark and play to 10 or 15.
Lot's of fun and sure to get everyone wet!
Water Beach Ball Relay
Each team gets a high powered water gun and a beach ball.
Teams line up one after the other at one side of the playing field.
At the other side of the field set up 2 orange cones (or anything that
can be used as a turnaround point). One at a time team members
move a beach ball from the starting line, across the field, around the
turn around point and back to their team. They them hand off the
water gun to the next player in line. The first team with all
their players to complete the course wins!
Variation: Set up a few obstacles to make the game harder such as
hula hoops on the ground, chairs that players have to navigate the ball
through and or small ramps.
Water Gun Art
Paper canvas, washable acrylic paints, fence, tape
Tape large paper canvas' onto a fence about 2 feet off the ground.
Fill squirt guns with different colors of acrylic paint and let kids use
the waterguns to paint their canvas.
Variation: Tape white t-shirts onto the fence instead of canvas
and let the players create their own t-shirt art using fabric paint.
Water Gun Relay
Ping pong balls (2), plastic jug or container with an opening large
enough that the ping pong ball can be placed inside easily.
Set up the containers with a ping pong ball at the bottom of each one at
one end of the playing field. Teams line up at the other end
of the playing field and one at a time fill up the water gun, run to
their container and squirt the water into their container.
Then they run back to their team and the next player repeats the steps
until one team can make the ping pong ball in their container float to
the top and fall to the ground. Fast paced fun!