Lockdown ideas for parents: water gun target practice

Good news part one: it’s going to be sunny this week. Good news part two: you’re about to read the second entry in my series of lockdown ideas for parents.

This entry is called Water Gun Target Practice. It requires water, a water pistol, a few bits of scrap paper and some Sellotape. And it works like so…

Water Gun Target Practice

  1. Get your kid to draw a selection of different numbers on scrap paper. Note: the numbers should be big enough to see from a few metres away, so make sure your little one draws them BIG.
  2. Sellotape the paper to something in your garden. We used my son’s Forza goalposts, but sheds, fences, the back door and loads of other places will work just as well.
  3. Test your kid’s water pistol to get an idea of how far it goes.
  4. Using the knowledge you’ve just gained in step three, mark the “shooting position” where your kid is going to take aim from.
  5. Fill the water pistol to the top, give it to your kid and challenge them to either get a certain number (advanced game), or hit as many targets as they can.
  6. Refill, refill, refill.
Lockdown ideas for parents: water gun target practice

Lockdown ideas for parents

And that’s it. Simple. Cheap. Fun. Vaguely educational. Apart from the fact your kid will get better at shooting and thus almost certainly own you in your next water fight, what’s not to like about the latest entry in my series of lockdown ideas for parents? The answer is nothing. So, don’t just sit there. Stick ‘Water Gun Target Practice’ on your to-do list for tomorrow, or the next day, or the one after that.

Until next time…


    • Ah, that’s also a great idea. Especially since it saves the kids shooting at you!

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