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Backyard Water Games for Kids

August has arrived with a vengeance. Its heat and humidity are reminders that summer isn’t ready to give up its reign anytime soon. And after two months of free time under their belts, kids are looking for new things to do to keep them entertained. Don’t let the temptation to stay inside all day and watch screens win! Outdoor play is so important for children’s health and development – not to mention your sanity.

In that vain, below are a few outdoor games that revolve around water and will keep them cool and entertained. The one item you’ll need to purchase is water balloons. The more the better, so look for the popular new water balloon product that fills up dozens in 90 seconds or less using an outdoor faucet. You can set the games up for them and let them go – or jump in and join the fun!

Hot potato – Sometimes old standbys are old standbys for a reason. They’re fun!! To add to the excitement, let water balloons be the “hot potato”!

Sponge Bombs – While you’re purchasing those balloons, buy a half dozen or more inexpensive sponges. Proceed home to get the kids to help you cut them up. Then fill up two buckets with water and drop half of them in one bucket and the remaining in the other bucket to absorb as much water as possible. Place the kids on opposing sides, blow the whistle and let the sponge-bomb free-for-all begin!

Parachute – If you have one of the fabric parachutes used by kindergarten and elementary classes to toss balls in the air during recess, go grab it and substitute water balloons instead! If you don’t have a parachute, an old sheet or beach towel can work too!

Water Balloon Baseball – This one is pretty straightforward. Get one of your children’s plastic bats and use water balloons instead of baseballs for batting practice. That will get them practicing their aim!!

Ready to get started?! Go get those water balloons and let the fun begin!

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

The Joys of Outdoor Fountains by Go Green Plumbing

Are you a fan of outdoor fountains?  Ever wondered about where to put one at your home?  What about outside in a garden area?

If you’re like me, you love your garden.  And, if you’re an avid gardener, I’m sure you’re also a lover of the creatures that visit our gardens, such as birds, bees and butterflies.  You may even plant specific plants that attract these to your gardens.  But have you given any thought to the fact that our flighty friends need water?  Just like us, water is very important to birds and insects as well.  So, adding an outdoor fountain is not only pretty but  can help our little friends.eclectic-outdoor-fountains-and-ponds

Fountains are easy to add to the garden, but there are a few things you need to know when setting up and maintaining one.  Fountains can be purchased at local garden centers and stores and if you don’t feel comfortable installing, we can help. Adding a couple of rocks that rise above the water level provide a landing place for the birds or butterflies.

When deciding the location for your fountain, consider the amount of sun and shade the area gets.  Late afternoon shade in warmer climates would be best to prevent the water from getting too warm.  And, remember that if you live in a colder area your fountain may require a heater to keep the water from freezing in winter.

Enjoying the wildlife that visit our gardens is a bonus, but they also assist us in our gardening.  Birds help us by eating pests and aerating the soil.  Even wasps can help with certain pests in the garden.  And we all know the benefits of honey bees and butterflies as hard working pollinators.  So, enjoy these hard workers that grace our gardens, and look after them by providing a water source to keep them coming back.

Want help setting up an outdoor fountain at your house?  Call us- we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!