Cornerstone Games: Water Games


Water games are great for any gathering, especially when it is a hot summer day!

Cold Potato

You will need:

  • filled water balloons

Follow the basic rules of hot potato, except you use water balloons.  Have the children sit in a circle.  The child who is holding the water balloon will gently toss the water balloon to a child sitting across the circle.  If the water balloon breaks, the child that was catching the water balloon is out.  Warn the children that if they the water balloon is not tossed nicely to the next child, the child that tosses the balloon will be out.  You can play this game until you run out of water balloons or there is only one child left in the game. 

Water Brigade

You will need:

  • sponges
  • 4 matching buckets (2 for each team)
  • various size containers (2 of each size, 1 for each team)

Have the children break into teams and stand in two lines.  Each team is given the same number and type of containers.  Place two large buckets of water an equal distance from each team.  Place a smaller bucket in front of each line of children.  Give the children directions to race and fill one container of their choice with water and race back to fill their smaller bucket with water.  The first child will head to the back of the line and the next child will go.  The process will be repeated until the first team fills their bucket. 

Bucket Line

You will need:

  • 4 buckets, one filled with water
  • A supply of paper or plastic cups   

This is a great game for hot days on camp. Teams stand in lines. They have a bucket full of water at the front of the line and an empty bucket at the rear. The object of the game is to transfer the water from the front bucket to the rear bucket. To do this the team members must pass the cups of water over their heads to the person behind.  Empty cups must be passed back to the front in the same fashion. To play the game fairly you could weigh the buckets at the start and finish to see how much water has been lost.

Drip Drip Drop

You will need:

  • a bucket of water
  • 1 sponge

The child that is “it” is given a sponge full of water.  The child walks around the circle dripping water on each child.  Squeeze the sponge over the head of the child that you want to race.  Follow the same rules as Duck Duck Goose. 

Balloon and Water Gun Race

You will need:

  • 1 water gun per child (ideally the same size)
  • 1 balloon for each team (have extras in case the balloons pop)

Divide the children into teams with equal numbers.  Have each child fill his own water gun.  Give the children instructions to shoot their team’s balloon and try to push the balloon to the finish line using their water power.  Place the balloons in a line and give the word. 

 Sitting Sponge Relay

You will need:

  • 2 large sponges
  • 2 big buckets of water
  • 2 small buckets (we used ice-cream pails)

Have the children split into two equal teams.  Placed 2 small buckets on the ground and have the children sit in a line behind it, facing the back of the person in front of them.  Place a large bucket of water beside the child at the end of the line.  Place a large sponge in each large bucket of water.  Explain to the children that the sponge full of water will be passed over the heads of the children in front of them until it gets to the front of the line.  The child in the front of the line will squeeze the water out of the sponge and into the small bucket sitting in front of them.  The person in the front of the line then passes the sponge back to repeat the process again.  The team that fills the small bucket first is the winner.  This game can be played repeatedly by getting the children to rotate through the line until everyone has had the opportunity to sit at the front and back of the line. 

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