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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Water Balloons in BucketNow that we are officially entering summer (technically it’s Friday, but I live in Tucson, so it’s been over 100 for the last month!), it’s time to start busting out some great games that will help you and your students cool down. Today’s game: Balloon in the Bucket!

PREP TIME– 30-60 minutes (depends on how many and how fast you are at making water balloons)

ITEMS NEEDED– tons of water balloons (hundreds if possible), 2- 5-gallon buckets (with no handle) & a sling-shot (we’ll discuss ways to play w/o one), large open space (preferably on grass)

GAME TIME– 15-30 minutes



Balloon in the bucket is a simple game that involves launching water balloons via sling shot towards two competitors holding buckets. In a nut shell, each participant will have an opportunity to catch a water balloon that is launched at them by a group of leaders at a fair distance away. You’ll probably have to test it out before hand to know where each group will need to be.

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Tommy BoyWe are sharing a brand new game with you today called, Shimmy Through The Shirt. For some reason, it just made me think of good ole’ Tommy Boy and his little coat!

The game operates best as a relay between at least two teams. It’s a lot of fun to play, but it’s AWESOME to watch, especially the big guys!

PREP TIME– 3 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 3x Shirts for each team

GAME TIME– 3-5 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 2+ Teams of at least 7 people


This a great game in that it is incredibly simple, fun and always gets a good laugh. If possible, have your entire group play. The only real pre-requisite is that a person is able to stand and move around slightly.

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Marine Mud Run Holding ConeToday’s game is entitled, King of the Cones! It’s yet another great game we picked up from our summer camp this past week.

King of the Cones might be best described as a truncated type of capture the flag with a few twists.

PREP TIME– 5-15 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 6 Medium or Large Orange Cones, 6 Tennis Balls, 12+ Flag Football Flags

GAME TIME– 15+ Minutes (you’ll likely play multiple rounds)

PARTICIPANTS– 2 Teams of 6+ people (you can play with up to 8 on the field/court & rotate extra players)


To start playing King of the Cones, you’ll need to have a room, field or other area that is about the size of a basketball court. If you don’t have lines, make sure to draw them, tape them or rope them off so players stay within the boundaries. It’s also important to have a middle line for this game as well.

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Gummy BearsWho doesn’t like biting the heads off a gummy bear? Bueller??? Okay, so maybe you don’t have as many issues as me, but you’ll still love Gummy Bear Stick ‘Em!


ITEMS NEEDED– Large Bag of Gummy Bears

GAME TIME– 3-5 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– At least 2 teams of 2 people (you can have more teams of up to 3 people per team)


Well, my intro wasn’t too far off. Teams will bite gummy bears in half (I know, I know, but sacrifices must be made for the good of this game) and then lick the ends so that they will stick to the face of their teammate. You can have up to 2 people sticking the gummy bears on a teammates face, but I recommend no more than that.

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Noodle Ball is an amazing game that is high energy and tons of fun!!

PREP TIME– 5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 20 Pool Noodles, 2 Large Inflated Ball, 2 Goals (or cones to mark a goal)

GAME TIME– 20+ Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 2 Even Teams of 10 (you can have as few as 6 per team)


This is another great game from our summer camp in Arizona! Before you begin the game, set up a field about the size of a basketball game using cones or markers.

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Number 5 on our Top Ten Relay Countdown is Cracker Whistle!

This was a great game we played at our Summer Camp. I’ve found that these times are amazing opportunities to invest into students lives, but they are also fantastic resources for game ideas. Don’t be afraid to borrow and dare I say, steal game ideas you see at camps!

PREP TIME– 5 Minutes


GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 2 Even Teams of at least 7 or more (more teams is great too!)


I say it all the time, but I love simple games! All you need for this game is at least two teams lined up in a single-file line.

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