Water games:

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Ice cube hand off

Teams stand in a line. The last person in each line runs back to the ice cube container and selects an ice cube. They then run back to their line and the team passes the ice cube down the line toward the front of the line. When the last person in line gets the ice cube, he/she runs to the front of the line and starts the ice cube down the line again. Helpers watch closely and when the ice cube melts, the team must stop. The team that gets the farthest before their ice cube melts is the team that wins. Try again if time allows.

Equipment: 2 Large bags of ice, large cooler, towels, starting cone or line

Statue of Liberty

Equipment, buckets, plungers, cups Set up: place a plunger and cup in each bucket of water and across from the bucket place an empty bucket. How to play: teams fill up their plunger with a cup and transport the water over their head in the plunger to the empty bucket. Team with most water wins!

Drip, drip, splash

It's like duck duck goose, but you use soaked sponges to touch the students' heads. Small squeezes of the sponge for the "drips" and a BIG squeeze for the "splash". They'll LOVE it!

Marble Grab

Fill a small pool with water and have a ton of marbles inside. Students can be in groups and take of their socks and shoes. Group members take turns grabbing marbles with their feet. Team with most in a given time period, wins!

Sponge Toss Contest

Divide up into teams. You can have as many teams as you have equipment. Each team forms a line with teammates a little more than an arm’s length away from each other. At one end of the line is a large container of water with large sponges in it. The other end has a small bucket, which you could mark with a fill line where you want the finish point to be or just fill to the top. When signaled to start, teams are to race. The person at the large container is to throw a sponge to next teammate and that person to the next until it reaches the end of the line. The last person is to squeeze the sponge out and then run to the start of the line, dip the sponge in the large container and pass to next person. If sponge is dropped while being passed, it is to be thrown back to the start of the line and you are to continue again. After full rotation of line, meaning everyone has taken sponge out of large container and passed, the team with the most collected water is the winner.

Water Balloon Squat

What you need: • 1 bucket per team with at least 30 water balloons in each. • Chalk or other markers to mark the start and finish line. • A black bag to collect all the balloon pieces when the groups are done.

This relay race needs at least 2 teams with equal players (or the other team has 1 person go twice). The start and finish lines should be about 20 feet apart.

Place the bucket of balloons at the start line in front of each team. When you say ‘go’ the first person grabs a balloon and runs to the finish line. When they reach the finish line then must sit on their balloon and pop it. The player then runs back to the start line and gives the next person in line a high five, and then they go... and so on... until the whole team is done. Make sure that the group picks up all the balloon pieces before moving on.

Raindrops are Falling on our Heads Relay

You need: 2 buckets per team; one filled with water. 1 plastic baggie per team. Put a lot of pin holes in the plastic baggies. The groups line up sitting down, one in front of the other, so that they are facing the back of the person in front of them. The bucket that is full of water goes behind the last person; the empty bucket goes in front of the first person.
When the race starts, the first person takes the baggie to the back bucket, fills it with water and then tried to get the water to the front bucket, but it has to be carried OVER THE HEADS OF his/ her TEAM MEMBERS. He/ she dumps the water that is left into the front bucket. The line shifts up and the first person sits in the back. The winner is whatever group has the most water in their bucket after the pre-determined about of time. Make sure that groups are not cheating by covering the holes – it might be best to say that they are only allowed to use one hand when passing the baggie.

Dry, Dry, Wet (Drip, Drip, Drop)

As child goes around the circle he/she says, "Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry, WET! A small cup of water is poured on the person's head. Play continues just as in Duck, Duck, Goose!

Duck, Duck, Goose--is traditionally a younger child's game; however, with the water-school-age kids may find it fun!!!

In case you don't remember how to play Duck-Duck-Goose...
Kids (and grown-ups) sit cross-legged on the ground in a circle.
One child is chosen to be "It" and he or she walks along the outside of the circle lightly tapping the top of each player's head saying "duck."
When the player touches another player's head and says "goose," the "goose" must jump up and try to tag the other player.
If that player can run around the circle and sit in the empty spot, he or she is safe.
Then the "goose" becomes "it" and has to walk around the circle saying, "Duck, Duck, Goose!"

Ice cube down your back

This is a game of endurance. Each player has 1 ice cube. On the signal, each player drops the ice cube down the back of their shirt and try to get the ice cube to melt the fastest. This game can be cool and refreshing but can also be fun to watch everyone squirm!

Water Balloon Hot Potato

Played just like Hot Potato!
Players get in a circle and start passing the water balloon around when the music begins. When the music stops they get to break the water balloon on the person's head to their left!
Each time we started a new balloon we changed the song to keep it fun and interesting! Players liked this game because they got to break it on their friend's head and usually the water just went everywhere.

Water Cup Derby

Form 2 or more teams. As in any relay race, have a starting line and a finishing line.
Each team member must fill the cup with water from the communal water bucket, put it over their head and run to the bucket and pour it in.
The team that finishes first gets 5 points, but the team that has the most water in the bucket gets 10. You may vary the relay race by making it into an obstacle course or adding other components, but what makes this one fun is the fact that the children get wet.

Fill the Bottle

Set up number of teams possibly by number of people willing to get wet. On each team, one person lays on ground while holding a 20-oz plastic pop bottle on their forehead. Teammates run to bucket to fill up their 4-oz cup then they attempt to pour it into teammates pop bottle while standing over head. Then the next teammate will do the same until 20-oz bottle is filled. Once the 20-oz bottle is filled, the bottle person should run to the finish line without spilling.

Jump Rope Water Splash

Give each child a plastic or paper cup full of water. While two players twirl a large jump rope, jumpers one by one are to attempt three consecutive jumps. They are to do this while holding onto their cup of water and trying to do let any water spill. The child that has the most water left is the winner. You can keep playing until only one person has water left in their cup.


Place plastic bugs, toy cars, or other small treasures in your cube tray, add water, and freeze. Give each child an ice cube. The first person to melt their cube enough to get the item out, wins.