5 Great Backyard Water Games

Drip-drop-drench is played just like duck-duck-goose -- but with a dripping sponge. Hemera/Thinkstock

Remember playing duck-duck-goose? One player is designated as "it" and walks around a circle of children sitting crisscross applesauce on the ground. The player who is "it" touches the head of each child as he walks behind them, saying, "duck" to each one until touching the head of one unsuspecting child and yelling, "goose." The child designated "goose" leaps up and races his opponent around the circle. The player who reaches -- and sits down in -- the empty spot first, wins. The standing player becomes "it" and continues the game.

Now imagine playing this game with a sponge. Holding a soaking wet, large sponge, like the kind used to wash cars, a player touches the head of each child as he says, "Drip, drop." When he gets to player who'll be the "goose" he adds, "Drench!" and squeezes the sponge hard on the "goose's" head. At that, the child jumps up and races the player who is "it" around the circle to fight for the empty spot [source: Webster].