5 Great Backyard Water Games

Water Limbo
Water limbo is the wetter cousin of the classic party game. © Kevin Dodge/Corbis

Limbo, limbo, lim-bo! It's nearly impossible to try your luck passing under an increasingly lower limbo stick without the refrain of "Limbo Rock" by Chubby Checker running through your head.

Unlike the game that often accompanies this vintage tune, our version uses a stream of water from a garden hose as the "limbo pole." Start with the stream of water at a height children can easily duck under (a spray attachment is helpful). Then lower it a few inches toward the ground with each passing round. Players must bend backward, backs arched, while passing under the water without touching it. For toddlers and preschoolers, you could vary the rules by allowing them to bend forward instead [source: Family Education].