Scream and Shout School is Out
Fruit of the Spirit Kool-Aid Wars
Anyone working with children knows that the word "CHILDREN" and "FRAGRANT" are two words that are seldom used together.
However, when you mix kids with Kool-Aid...add a little water, and a few $1.00 water shooters…that's exactly what you get!
"Kool-Aid Wars" is a glorified water gun fight...that smells divine!
Strawberry, grape, orange, and cherry scents will fill the air as kids are drenched with the yummy scent of Kool-Aid.
The cost for this event is minimal.
The clean up is minimal.
A few packages of Kool-Aid and a $1.00 water shooter
for each child and the battle is on!
Make sure to save your water shooters...they can be used again and again!
It is always a good idea to purchase your shooters at the beginning of Summer. They disappear fast!
Pick up a few extra in case of breakage.
The shooters are durable...but they do occasionally break.
You will also need a few 5-gallon buckets and a water hose for this event!
I normally store the water shooters in one or two of the buckets
after the event.
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Before We Begin
A Kool-Aid Battle is all about good, cool, fragrant fun!
Plan a Kool-Aid Battle during the summer months...a great "cooling off" event with a twist.
Water shooters are normally $1.00 each. You can sometimes find packages of 5 at a discount price. Purchase at Wal-Mart, The Dollar Store, or other discount stores.
WORD TO THE WISE...Purchase your water shooters as soon as they become available in the stores (summer merchandise). They will sell out quickly! (purchase extra's and replace as needed. They are long-lasting however, they WILL break sooner or later.
Eye protection - If you use eye protection for this event, it will need to be swim goggles. Glasses will not stay on.
You can purchase swim goggles (if you have a budget for them) or ask children to bring their own.
If you purchase goggles, make sure to collect, wash, dry and store in an area that does not get too hot or too cold. (plastic straps can become brittle if exposed to too much heat or cold)
You will need several 5-gallon buckets filled with water. The number will depend on how many children you have.
I normally figure 5-6 kids per bucket.
Keep in mind though...children are allowed to run to any bucket.
If we are still social distancing, you may want to have more buckets and more rules. I will not be covering social-distancing rules here...I will leave that planning up to you.
Strawberry, Grape, Orange...any fruity-smelling flavors.
Figure 3 packages of Kool-Aid per 5-gallon bucket of water. Make sure to purchase extra for re-filling buckets
Don't forget to pick up some 5-gallon paint sticks (or a long handle wooden spoon, etc) to stir the kool-aid with.
It is a good idea to have a long water hose attached to the hydrant. It is much easier to stretch the hose to each 5-gallon buckets to refill than to carry them to their location.
Full buckets are heavy!
I purchased a good quality...lightweight expandable hose...super lightweight and durable. I did not purchase one of the cheap ones as they will only last a short while.
I just toss it into a 5-gallon bucket when done and take it with me.
They are a little pricey so I purchased it myself and I keep it with me at all times...I have used it for three years so far and it is still in perfect shape.
A whistle is always a great thing to have when playing outdoors
Let the Games Begin
Hook up water hose
Place the 5-gallon buckets in place
Fill the 5-gallon buckets with water
Pour 3 packages of Kool-Aid into each bucket of water. (Prepare a bucket of grape, a bucket of strawberry, a bucket of orange, etc) DO NOT ADD SUGAR
Stir each bucket of kool-aid (stir stick or wooden spoon)
Explain your rules, boundaries, consequences for breaking rules, etc. (Hint...one of my rules was "no headshots". Of course there will be accidents and they can be overlooked unless it happens repeatedly by the same child.) My punishment was always time outs...and don't e afraid to use them...It lets them know that rules are important. 5-minute penalties are sufficient. We want them to have fun...and 5 minutes will seem like an eternity.
Pass out water shooters (AFTER you have given them the rules otherwise they will be playing with them and not listening to the rules...believe me on this one!
Blow whistle to start play
Stand back and enjoy the fun...fon't forget to take pics!
Food is not necessary for a Kool-Aid battle event however, it is the perfect time for fruity snow cones, popsicles or Kool-Aid (optional)
It is always a good idea to have some games in mind...just in case your kids get bored.
I rarely have to use any of my prepared games but they are a lifesaver when I do.
I make a list of ideas and have it handy at all times.
If the kids get a little bored, we play a game or two and then go back to the original activity.
These game ideas should be things that require little or no extra supplies.
HERE'S A FEW IDEAS!
Continue with the same game but have a boys VS girls competition.
Continue with the same game but instead of it being a free-for-all divide up into teams
Line the kids up side by side...all facing the same direction...with shooters loaded, have them hold their shooters up (or out) and see how far they can shoot...perfect picture opportunity
Pool noodle battles - I always cut pool noodles in half and let the kids battle each other (no headshots)
Take along some solo cups and set them up (upside down) for the kids to knock over with their water shooters...team competition, etc.
Any time the kids seem to have too much time on their hands...throw in a competition or two and then go back to playing!
Take Pics, Take Pics, Take Pics!
Take short video clips, take short video clips, take short video clips!
If you have extra help, assign the picture-taking duties to someone else!
CANDID SHOTS ARE GREAT!!!
I always took TONS of pics and then made a quick video with music behind it and played it on Sunday morning for the kids to see.
Builds excitement and increases attendance for the next week.
This activity is very, very, very easy to do. Very little set up and very little clean up. But extra help is always a plus. I
A great event to ask a few of your youth boys or girls to help with!
Clean up is a snap!
When the event is over, just have the kids toss their shooters into one of the empty 5-gallon buckets, their goggles into a second bucket, roll up your hose, toss any trash and you're done.
I always have a hose available for any child wanting to hose off before getting into their car...but it really isn't necessary with this event.
5-Gallon Buckets (1 per every 5-6 Kids)
Kool Aid - Fruity Flavors (3 packets per 5-gallon buckets)
5 Gallon Bucket Stir Sticks (or wooden spoons)
Water Shooters - 1 per child (plus a few extras in case of breakage)
Swim goggles - Optional
If you are planning any boredom buster games, you will need to add those supplies to your list.
If you are planning any snacks, you will need to add those supplies to your list.
If you host your own "Kool-Air Wars" event, please share a few pics. If you implemented some new ideas...please share!
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