Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back to School Water Party

For our last summer activity day, we decided to have a back to school water party!  I designed the invite of course and hand delivered them to each girl's home!  I was in charge of coming up with some "cool" fun water relay games!  Sister Jensen came up with a snack, craft, and back to school prizes. 
Credits: Template is from the Coffee Shop Blog and papers/elements are by Kate Hadfield from the Lily Pad.  I used Kids font and Love Ya Like A Sister font.
Sponge Ball Craft
Credits:One Charming Party inspired us with this cute craft idea!
Sponges, sharp scissors, and dental floss.
Cut the sponge into strips by cutting the sponge in half and then cutting it in half again.  You should have four strips from each sponge. You will need three sponges (12 strips total for each ball). Have the kids arrange the colors how they like them.  Squeeze the sponge pieces tightly and give them a little twist.  Then with a helper wrap around dental floss tightly in the center of the sponges and double knot it.  Cut any excess floss at the end and fluff the sponge ball.  
Rainy Day Relay 
 Two paper cups with holes poked in them all over Four buckets or large containers for water. 2 full, 2 empty
Have the kids line up in two lines by the 2 empty buckets. In relay style, have them run across to the other bucket (full of water.) Fill the cup, and holding it over your head run back to your empty bucket. Dump whatever water is left into the empty bucket. Hand the cup to the next person in line. Continue over and over. At the end of a predetermined time, see which bucket is more full!
Wet Sponge Relay: 
  Two buckets filled with water, two empty jars, and two large sponges (like car wash sponges). Instructions: 
 Form two teams. Each team makes a line next to a bucket filled with water. When the game starts, have the first member of each team put the sponge in the water, put it on their head, and run towards a jar at the other end of the playing area. Squeeze the water into the jar and run back. Continue on with the rest of the players. The first team to fill the jar to overflowing wins. 
Waddle Walk

Supplies:  Water balloons (fill them up large so they pop easier).
Divide the group into two teams. One goes at the time.  He/she carries a balloon between their legs across the yard and drops it in a large bowl or bucket. Then runs back and the next person goes. If they drop or break a balloon their turn is done.  The next person goes. The team to get a certain number and the most unbroken balloons in the bucket wins.
Tip:  I used the regular balloons with water instead of actual water balloons because I couldn't find water balloons at the stores.  Using water balloons would break easier and my balloons would not pop during this game, ugh!!!
Afterwards, the girls had a water fight and played on the slip and slide.
The whole group of girls!

We ran out of time quickly, but these are some other games that I wanted to play.

Duck, Duck Squirt

Supplies: One sponge or spray bottle.
 Gather in a large circle. The person who is it has the sponge/spray bottle does duck duck then squirt (squeezes the sponge or squirts water on them).
Water Guessing Game

Supplies: Spray bottle or water gun. 
 Have the kids get into a large circle.  The person in the middle will think of something: what is my favorite________? (food, color, song, sport, holiday, candy, subject in school, etc). Then everyone takes a turn guessing what the answer is. The person who guess gets it correct will be sprayed wet with the water bottle or water gun and in the middle. Everyone should each have a turn in the middle.
The Prizes: Back to School Supplies
Pencils, crayons, notebook, and glue.
The Snacks
Vanilla/Chocolate ice cream bar. 


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