This water gun target is so simple, and so much fun for a hot day outside! Water play is such a fun, classic, and easy summer activity.
We were at my parents this past weekend. Boy, was it was a hot one!
The boys wanted to get the water guns out, which we’re all for. My mom set up a quick target practice for them and they had a blast!
I shared a video of Louis’s target practice on Instagram, did you see it?
Clearly, I get my hands-on nature from my mom.
Easy Water Gun Targets for a Hot Day
I decided to do this activity again at home because the boys loved it so much.
We have these water guns that are so awesome. My mom has the smaller version. (These are affiliate links!)
Besides water guns, you’ll also need empty pop cans or smaller plastic bottles.
I moved our outdoor table to the edge of the patio and lined up six cans on it.
Yes, I have a Diet Dew drinking problem that I’m working on.
I filled up a bucket of water for the boys to load and re-load their water guns.
We have actual lines on our patio that we used to show where the boys should stand. You could draw a line with sidewalk chalk, to mark where to have the kids stand.
We used a few different lines to account for the boys’ ages. You could also draw lines closer or farther away based on your kids’ ages.
I had George stand a bit back, but still close enough for the water gun to hit the cans.
Louis got to stand closer because he’s younger.
The boys took turns back and forth.
With these water guns, you only get one squirt. So after one shot, they refilled and the other got to shoot.
I sat behind the cans, out of waters way, and re-stacked the cans each time.
More ways to play with water gun targets:
You could also make this more difficult by filling some of the cans with water to give them some weight. Make some lighter and heavier.
Challenge your kids to knock them over. Or see if multiple kids shooting at the same can might be able to knock it over faster by working together.
You could also stack the cans in a pyramid and treat it like bowling. Seeing how many they can knock over in just two shots.
Can they shoot a strike?
If you don’t have a Diet Dew problem like me and don’t have pop cans, you can set up cut up pool noodles. Make your noodles about 5-6 inches long.
Or save toilet paper or paper towel rolls to knock over. Other options are empty sauce and vegetable cans or empty milk cartons.