One of my favorite seasons in student ministry is the summer! I love getting my students outside and I love the events you can do in the summer. One of the big things I love doing in the summer with students is water games! I am normally not a huge game guy and I struggle with doing games in student ministry, but I love doing water games during the summer. This summer I am planning on doing three water games with our students that I have done in the past and they have always been a big hit.
Slip n’ Slide Kickball. By far, this is my favorite water game. It’s simple! All you need is the painter’s plastic, four blow up kiddie pools, and water. Take the four kiddie pools and spread them out as bases as you would in a normal kick ball game. Once you have the kiddie pools (bases) set, outline the diamond with your painter’s plastic. Each kiddie pool should be connected with the plastic. Fill up each kiddie pool with water (for an added bonus, add something like shaving cream or baby shampoo to the water in the kiddie pools) and spray the plastic so it’s nice and slick. Grab a ball that is easy to kick if barefoot, and play it like a normal game of kickball. The fun part is watching the students run the bases on the slip n’ slide and jumping in the pools as they go. I have done this game numerous times in the past and it is always a hit with the students! Just make sure there are no hidden rocks under the plastic or pools!
Slip n’ Slide Relay. This is another pretty simple game to set up. Take the plastic and make a straight, flat slip n’ slide that is about 20-30 feet (or whatever you see fit for the space you are in). On one end, have a large trashcan full of water. On the other end, have a smaller, empty trashcan or round cooler with a pitcher inside (one for each team). First, split your students up into two teams. One team starts behind the empty trashcan and one at a time has to run down the slip n’ slide, fill up the pitcher with water, and bring it back and dump it into the empty cooler. Their goal is to see how much water they can dump into the empty trash can in the allotted time that you give them (I usually do 2 minutes). Here is the twist. The other team gets to stand on the sides of the slip n’ slide and throw balls at the other team as they run back and forth trying to fill up the trashcan (use the plastic balls from Wal-Mart in this game). Switch it up every two minutes so each team gets two or three rounds in this game. The team with the most water at the end wins!
Giant Slip n’ Slide. This really isn’t a game, but it is always a huge hit with students. After you have done a few games with the painter’s plastic, take all of the left over plastic and make a giant slip n’ slide. Allow the students to have a free for all and enjoy the fun of the giant slip n’ slide. Be sure to check for rocks and sticks before you lay the plastic down to save your students, and yourself from injury.
These are just a few of the many water games you can do with your students this summer. Again, games are not for everyone and some student ministries may do better without games, but if you’re looking for some outdoor, summer games, these are three that I recommend. If you need more info or details on one of these games, feel free to contact me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Twitter (@AusMcCann).