We play water games at least once a week at City Camp. Try some of these favorites with your youth group on the upcoming hot summer days!
Rain, Rain, Flood
This game is a wet version of duck, duck, goose. Have the group sit in a circle. One person should be standing outside the circle, holding a cup of water (this person is "it"). "It" walks around the circle, saying, "rain, rain, rain..." and sprinkling water on the heads of people as they walk by. When "it" shouts "flood," then the water in the cup gets dumped on their chosen person. The drenched individual must then try to catch "it" before "it" runs around the circle and sits in the drenched person's spot. Keep a bucket of water nearby for this game, and encourage the group to use it! "It" can re-fill the cup as needed. For older groups, you may want to use the bucket instead of a cup... people get REALLY drenched that way!
Materials: Bucket of water, cup
Water Balloon Volleyball
Tell the group to find a partner. Then, split the pairs into two teams (participants should stay with their partners). Hand each pair a towel; they should hold the towel between them so that they can catch and throw water balloons in it. Set up the teams and play volleyball. You can play this game with or without a net.
Materials: Towels, water balloons (filled), net (optional)
Fill 2 buckets with water and dump a bunch of ice and marbles in each (you want the water to be REALLY cold). Create two "relay" lanes, placing the two filled buckets at one end, and the two empty buckets at the other. When the group is ready to play, split the group into two teams, assigning each team a bucket. The object of this game is for teams to get the marbles from the filled bucket to the empty bucket by using only their toes. One at a time participants should run to the bucket of water, stick their toes in the water, grab a marble, and run back to the empty bucket with the marble. You can play this game as a relay race.
Materials: Four buckets, water, ice, marbles
Do you have a favorite water game that you play with your group? How do you beat the heat on hot summer days? Tell us about it in the comments below!