Throwing a "Messy Party"

We're having an outdoor "messy" party for our young friends ages 2-8. I have painting, making slime, water balloon tosses and making ice cream sundaes for activities planned. The problem is that EVERYONE RSVP'd that they are coming (when does that ever happen?) so now we're expecting around 35 kids and 12 adults. I need some more ideas for fun, thrifty outdoor games to keep these little ones entertained! Thanks for your help!

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Becky from Salkum, WA

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June 18, 20060 found this helpful

tie dying

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June 18, 20060 found this helpful

running through sprinklers

playing in shaving cream

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June 19, 20060 found this helpful

I am planning a VBS. We are having "water games". One is called "ice fishing". Put ice cubes and marbles in a foil roasting pan. Have the kids remove shoes and socks and go "fishing" with their feet for the marbles.

And how about big ball volleyball? Have a regular net but instead of a volleyball use a large playball.

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June 19, 20060 found this helpful

Here is an old-time game that always brings laughs!

It used to be called clothesline because items used were hung, removed and re-hung from a clothesline. Most people don't use clotheslines anymore, so the game has evolved to use whatever one prefers: paper bag, plastic tote with lid, cardboard box with flaps, luggage, zippered totes, etc...

Gather together an odd assortment of adult-sized clothing items. Try to find loud colors or patterns and prints that scream out. The odder, the better. Examples: Polka dot pants, striped shirts, Uncle Harry's Hawaiian shirts, Aunt Emmy's oversized bras or slips, that old flower-power shirt, overstuffed parka ....things that stand out.

Divide the items evenly into two piles. Put the piles in large paper sacks and roll the top closed.

Divide the kids into two teams and have them line up one behind the other. Place the two bags aside of each other at an even running distance from the kids.

Choose someone to be the official starter. The game works like a relay race. The first kid from each team runs up to the bag, opens it, and takes an item out one at a time and puts it on. It is okay if the item is not worn in the proper place, as long as it is on the body. (If someone wants to wear boxers on their head, that's their choice! This all helps with boys who may not want to put on a skirt, nightie, or other female item.) The kid has to put each item on until the bag is empty. Then he has to remove each item one at a time and put it back in the bag and close the bag. He then runs back to the line to tag the next kid. Each kid goes through the same process until one team finishes first.

It is hysterical to see the combination of large oversized, ridiculous looking clothes on a little kid who is racing against time to get dressed in them. Using accessory items makes it even better. Examples: large straw hats, big chunky jewelry, belts, rubber boots, purses, etc...

It makes for a lot of silliness and fun and good pictures, too!

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June 19, 20060 found this helpful

How about popping balloons by sitting on them? If you only blow up the balloon 1/2 full they are really hard to pop. Plus, the look of surprise on the kid's faces when the balloon finally goes is hilarious!

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June 19, 20060 found this helpful

2 words: FOOD FIGHT!!!! Maybe as a wrap up to the party, and you could ask all the adults to bring something appropriate (jello, canned whipped cream, peas....whatever won't hurt).

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June 19, 20060 found this helpful

I'm picturing stations like a neighborhood carnival/block party.

maybe throwing a football through a tire swing? non-menthal shaving cream used on a balloon, and a cardboard scraper to "shave" with.

pudding finger painting (sams club #10 can is $3) on wax paper.

The egg toss (or water ballon) GAME!! You assemble in 2 lines, facing eachother. Toss the egg, then take a step back. It's messy.

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June 20, 20060 found this helpful

A game idea:

put a piece of bubble gum or chocolate on foil pie pans and cover them with lots of coolwhip. The kids have to find them with out using their hands. First one to find one wins.

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June 20, 20060 found this helpful

two teams- each with a big spoon- each with a bucket of water and at the end of a "runway" a jar or can to recieve the water.

kind of like a relay race. the first kid in line scoops up a spoonful of water. then he runs to the jar and pours in the water that made it that far. he runs back and gives the next kid in line the spoon and it goes on like that till a "referee" blows a whistle. the team with the most water in their jar at the end wins.

another funny one is a relay where you carry a penny between your knees and "run"(waddle) to a can at the end of the runway and drop the penny in a can. no touching with the hands allowed. if the penny is dropped they have to go to the back of the line till their turn again.the team with the most pennies wins. we used to do this at glee club spirit parties. it puts the boys and girls on equal footing as there isn't a lot of athletic ability needed. just the ability to act goofy in order to win!

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June 30, 20060 found this helpful

I am having a party like this this weekend for my daughter who is turning 8. One of the games I am doing is a obstacle course. I am timing each child as they run the course, The Winner of the time trial gets ready to get his/her reward only to find our it is a bowl of pudding ON his/her head. The obstacle course consists of the following: (In Order) - Child must walk backwards to a kiddie pool filled with water, Powdered milk, and generic frosted flakes.... (in other words, a giant bowl of cerial) the must completely soak themselves without splashing a drop of milk outside the bowl, if they spach outside the bowl they will lose 3 seconds. Then they must run in one direction stepping in 4 pans of Ice water till they get to a large strip of tarp where they will crawl the distance of the tarp on their bellies, get up an shave a balloon covered in whip cream (Only 3 scrapes with razor)... lastly, they will have to roll on the last peice of tarp that is covered with flower.

To get the mess fest started the children will be served their cake and Ice Cream without Forks or spoons....... It is ok... How often did you get to make an all out mess when you were kids... I would have had a ball... now my daughter will have one.

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July 8, 20060 found this helpful

Cook a few packs of spaghetti, add a bit of vegetable oil and then cool it. Put it all in a kiddie pool and let the children play in it.

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

Just a tip: Flour and water make glue! We did this and weren't thinking about that aspect, just thought the kids would have fun but spent a lot of time getting the flour mixture out of hair and off the body after the party!

But spaghetti, Jello, pudding, shaving cream, whipped cream, bath foam, are all fun!

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June 3, 20070 found this helpful

Paint fights are a lot of fun! I remember memories of them. They always are a mess if u have blonde hair with green paint! Make sure to use washable paints. Silly String fights are fun for everyone! Their are many different brands depending if you want them to stick or not! Have Fun

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July 14, 20070 found this helpful

Flour Game

A mound of flour is made, and a lolly is placed on top, in the middle. Players take turns cutting parts of it away like a cake (using a butterknife) once it collapses, the last person to cut has to slick their face in the flour, and get the lolly out.

Jelly

Players are split into teams of two. One player wears a garbage bag, and the other is blindfolded. The player wearing a garbage bag had to sit in front of the person blindfolded. The person blindfolded has to feed the garbage bag person jelly blindfolded. Once finished they swap positions. Everyone plays at once, the chairs are placed do there are two rows, so everyone can see everyone else, and laugh really hard!

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August 3, 20070 found this helpful

me and my friend put flour and water in our hair and its not coming out!!!! so i suggest you dont try it!

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August 4, 20070 found this helpful

i am throwing a party and we r making ''human ice cream sundaes'' yea super fun. you have 2 teams and to people from the team sit in a kiddie pool and the rest of the team has to make a huge and big ice cream sundae. if they get any out of the pool points are taken off. the team after a minute (or your choice of time) with the messy/biggest sundae wins. Team members may take turn in and out of pool if the choose.

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August 13, 20070 found this helpful

im having a party and im 13. this game is so funny. what you have to do is get plastic plates for each person and put m&ms on them. then put whipped cream all over the plate to cover the M&Ms then you get the childrens hands behind there back and have to find the m&ms by dipping there face in shaving cream the first 1 done WINS.

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November 6, 20070 found this helpful

Paint fights are awesome. What i would do is buy black shirt. then find paint that glows int he dark and that shows up on the black well. then go outside and have people trowing paint everywhere and just is a fun thing to do. cuz everyone is laughing and trying not to get hit by the paint. it also looks cool when the paint fight is over because it makes a really cool shirt. Then everyone will remember the party.

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April 14, 20080 found this helpful

Have a giant silly-string fight. You should give each person at least 2 bottles of it. Plus don't use the silly-string that sticks. Because then you can't get it out

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May 3, 20080 found this helpful

Messy, eh? Well try not just painting, but SPLATTER painting. Have chili dogs, too, okay. I did this as a kid. Have dirt cakes. Listen, you get oreos, & gummy worms, and mash up the chocolate cookie part and put them in a clear plastic cup. Then put the gummy worms in the oreo "dirt"

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

I'm throwing this end of school year party. I'm taking a tarp and putting oil and water on it for a slip and slide. You could also put whip cream, chocolate syrup, shaving cream, pudding. The options can go on.

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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

Play a game called mess head: Make cards that say messy items ( slime, juice, peas, eggs, chocolate syrup, etc. ) everyone wears a garbage bag over their body so it doesn't get on their clothes. Whatever card they get, that is what is poured on their head. Always have an option of water for those few kids who would prefer not to get that messy but would like to join in the fun.

Jello toss: Make different colors of jell-o. Take cookie cutters once the jell-o is ready and cut it into shapes. Give each person a jell-o square or shape. Get the into pairs. Throw both of the jell-o squares at the same time. If it falls, they can pick it up. The catch is that jell-o will stick to you hands so it gets smaller and smaller. The group with the jell-o the longest wins. Tons of fun! Winners get a surprise bowl of pudding over their head! Gross but fun.

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July 6, 20080 found this helpful

In the past, we have made jello balloons instead of water balloons. After making a huge batch of jello, take a turkey baster and put the unjelled jello into a water balloon. Once finished, put your balloons in the fridge to jell. It's a lot of work but fun!

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

Take cheetoes and put whip cream on them and get a partner one persons has to throw a cheetoe with whip cream on it, at the other persons face and get it to stick on their face.

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August 23, 20130 found this helpful

A paint fight or a mud fight would be awesome, fill a bunch of balloons with either several different colors of non-toxic paint, preferably poster or fingerpaint, something easy to clean up afterwards because it does get kinda messy, or fill them with relatively thick mud and start throwing them at each other.

Also, making a bunch of mache stuff would be fun, too.

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