I loved water fights...but I just hated the idea of kids using squirt guns.
I know, I know, maybe I was a bit of a prude but I will readily admit that guns, regardless of the type are just not my style. It's something that goes way back to my childhood when my brother pointed a real gun at me that supposedly wasn't loaded. I yelled to tell my mom that my brother was pointing a gun at me. My brother pointed the gun at the ceiling and said, "Quit being a baby. See it isn't load." He pointed the gun at the ceiling, and pulled the trigger. The bullet discharged from the gun and shot a hole through the ceiling of the kitchen.
After that whole experience I just do not like guns in any shape or form including squirt guns.
So how did my kids have a water fight? With water bottles...it makes sense to me.
Just save your old water bottles with the pull top lids, refill them and let them squirt each other. As the kids squeeze the bottle, the water sprays out. Ketchup bottles work great too.
The other great news is that they are free and you can have lots of them stationed around your play area.
As parents and care providers, it's great that we set up rules and policies like "No Guns", but it's also important that we provide other options so that kids can feel normal too.