Let the Fun Begin
THIS IS A MESSY EVENT. WARN PARENTS IN ADVACE AND ASK THEM TO SEND THEIR KIDS IN OLD CLOTHING, BRING A TOWEL, AND BRING SOMETHING TO PROTECT THEIR CAR SEATS ON THE WAY HOME. REMIND THEM AGAIN AS THEY ARE DROPPING OFF THEIR CHILDREN.
THIS IS A GREAT OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY…TELL THE KIDS TO BRING THEIR FRIENDS.
THE GOAL IS TO SEND THE KIDS HOME WET; AS IF LEAVING THE CITY POOL, BUT NOT SLIMY.
HAVE A WATER HOSE, SMALL KIDDY POOL OR WATER TANK FOR KIDS TO WASH ALL THE GOO OFF BEFORE LEAVING. YOU MAY WANT TO ASSIGN SOMEONE TO THE WATER HOSE TO HELP KIDS WASH OFF.
STOP THE ACTIVITIES 10 MINUTES BEFORE PICKUP TIME AND BEGIN “KID” CLEAN-UP.
A few things that you should have on hand for a slime event!
Volunteers…Not only for the event but for helping to prepare slime and setting up event. This event can be very time consuming (making slime) make a day of it and invite several people to help. Youth volunteers are perfect for this event.
Hair covering/shower cap/hair net…go to a beauty salon outlet store and purchase some hair covers. Girls with long hair (especially) should wear the disposable hair covering. If you create a slime using flour, ALL kids should wear a hair covering. It is hard to get out once the flour dries.
Camera- Have someone take LOTS of pictures.
Buckets of hot, soapy water for messy hands, etc.
Extra old towels for drying off kids (some will forget their towels). Note: It is a good idea to ask your members for their old towels. These will come in handy in MANY ways in your children’s department.
Paper towels…for eyes, noses or ears that get a little too much slime.
Whistle - A must...the children get excited and loud.
5-Gallon Buckets…with lids if possible (The lids really depend on how far you have to move the buckets and if they are being transported in your car)
Lots of old towels and a couple rolls of paper towels…this is a messy event.
Large trash can with liner. Have the kids pickup as you go along…hair nets, cups, etc. This will save YOU a ton of cleanup time.
Slime Prizes from Dollar Store – Jars of slime, flarp, etc.
Sharpe to write kids names on the slime prizes – They will pick up when time to go home.
Water Hose – A MUST
A list of basic rules…not too many, you want the children to be safe but you also want them to have fun. For these type of events, choose to be the cool teacher…not the disciplinarian…or the worry wart.
There are a LOT of slime recipes out there. Experiment with them to create something that works perfect for you.
This is a recipe that I used. Remember…shower caps/hair coverings are a must with this recipe…It contains flour.
Slime Preparation: 5 Gallon Bucket
Make Buckets of Slime (5 Gallon Buckets)
Fill 5 Gallon bucket half full of water.
Add 5 lb. bag of flour.
Add Green or Yellow Food Coloring (to desired color.)
Add 1 Green Jello OR Green Kool-Aid (For scent) I used a green kool-aid mix.
Add 1 large bottle of baby shampoo…generic is fine (no more tears)
Add More water…up to about ¾ full.
Add another 5 lbs. of flour.
If you want a thinner slime, you can simply water it down or perhaps experiment with boiling water, food coloring an corn starch. There are lots of recipes out there so do some experimenting (far in advance) to find one that is just right for you.
I cheated and used my stand mixer. A little water and a little flour at a time. I mixed up several batches in my mixing bowl and then poured into the 5-gallon bucket. When done, I gave it all a good mix with a 5-gallon bucket paint stirring stick and we were good. My motto: Work smarter…not harder 😊
You can play around with the measurements to get the desired thickness of your slime. Measurements are only approximate.
How much slime? It depends on how many children you have and how much slime you want to end up with…Hint: You can never have too much slime. I figured 1 bucket per 7 children.
Making the slime will be the most time-consuming thing that you do for this event. You may want to send home all the ingredients for a bucket of slime with several people and ask them to make a bucket and return it on game day. NOTE: The flour in the slime will start to smell if you make the slime too far in advance. I would ask everyone to make it the morning of the event if possible…or have a slime making party the day of an have several volunteers present to help.
If you have a large kitchen mixer at your church that would mix an entire batch; or more, at a time would be a dream. 😊
SUPER FUN NOTE: IT WOULD BE LOADS OF FUN IF SOMEONE AT YOUR CHURCH HAD A CEMENT MIXER…YOU COULD HAVE THE CHILDREN POUR IN THE INGREDIENTS FOR SEVERAL BATCHES AT A TIME AND WATCH IT TURN INTO SLIME. HOW FUN WOULD THAT BE?
If your church is good with helping supply needed items, you may ask them to help with the following items:
Their old towels (Useful for tons of children’s activities. I keep an entire tote full of old towels. I wash and put them back in the tote for the next event.)
Bags of flour (as cheap as possible…past its “best by” date would be perfect)
Generic (no tears) baby shampoo
Boxes of green jello or green kool-aid mix.
5-Gallon buckets (with lid…optional) 5-Gallon buckets are some of the most useful items in children’s ministry. You will find TONS of uses. I have a stack of them and I keep them under lock and key. 😊
Game One - I’ve Been Slimed
You will need:
Kiddie Wading Pool (2-3 would be even better)
Sand Pail (1 per pool)
Have each child pick a partner.
Have one child sit or stand in the wading pool…(we stood)
Have the child who is outside the pool, dip the sand pail into the bucket of slime and SLOOOOOLY pour it over their partner’s head.
Then the children will switch places and repeat.
Make sure to take LOTS of pics.
Game 2 – Slimy Toes
You will need:
The kiddie pools full of slime from the last game
Bag of marbles
Toss several marbles (or any item that you choose) into the pool of slime that was left over from the above game.
Set 4 (+ -) folding chairs around the pool.
Select 4 (+ -) children to participate.
Have the 4 (+ -) children sit in the folding chairs.
At the sound of “Go” children will stick their feet into the pool and search for items with their toes.
When the whistle blows (set your own time…1 min, 2 min, etc) children will remove their feet from the pool and count to see who has the most marbles.
The child with the most marbles stays in the competition and the other 3 are out.
Keep rotating through the children until you have 1 winner from each round.
Competition will then begin again…with winners from each round competing again.
Keep competing until you have 1 winner.
Award a prize.
Game 3 - Slime Whacked (Slime Pinata’)
Slime from the slime pool (about 1 gallon per slime pinata)
Several clear trash bags
Broom or stick with long handle
Plastic baseball bat
Pour 1 gallon of the slime from the kiddie pool into a clear trash bag.
Place the first bag into a second bag.
Place the second bag into a third bag.
Tie the bags together with one knot at the top.
Place the broom handle on top of the first knot and tie a couple more knots around the broom handle.
Select an adult (or older child) to hold the broom/bag out for the children to whack at.
Blind fold a child (or have child close their eyes), spin them around a couple of times and then face them towards the bag.
Each child gets 3 swings to try to bust the bag…and get slime whacked!
Have all the children form a large circle around the playing area so that they will be slimed when the bag breaks.
Game 4 – Duck, Duck, Slimed
You will need:
A plastic pail from game 1
Slime from the Kiddie Pool from game 1
All children will sit in a large circle
One person is chosen to be “It”
“It” will fill the pail with slime and walk around the outer circle of children.
“It” will select someone by gently touching them on top of the head and saying “Duck”
“It” will then select a second person by gently touching them on top of the head and saying “Duck” again.
“It” will then select a third person by saying “Slimed” and pouring the bucket of slime over their head.
The person who was “Slimed” will then become the new “It”
Encourage the children to select someone who has not been slimed so that all children are slimed at least once.
There will be no chasing in this game as the grass will become slick from all the slime.
Game # 5 – The Great Slime Relay
Preparation: Using items that we have already used, create an obstacle course.
Divide into 2 teams
Ideas for your relay:
Rolling through a pool of slime
Crawling through pool # 2 and searching for 2 marbles
Racing around chairs and buckets
Back to pool #1 to sit and pour a bucket of slime over their head
Around more buckets
Back to tag the next person in line.
There is also a product that is called YUCK. You simply mix it with water and create a cleaner version of slime. It has the texture and look of mini - clear jello cubes.
Our kids enjoyed rolling in it however, I think they enjoyed getting slimed even better.
If you would like to check it out, you can find it at the following website.
Run the hose to the bucket area (In advance)
Mix paint (5-gallon buckets) (In advance)
Water/Paint Shooter Game
Have everyone go to the restroom before the game begins...no restroom once play begins.
Keep an eye on the paint during this game...When the bucket is half empty, re-fill with water and stir. Continue to refill with water at the halfway point until the paint looks more like water than paint. When this happens, add a little more paint.
Fill a 5-gallon bucket with clean water. Children will use this water to clean their eye protection. Refill the bucket with clean water often.
Pass out 1-2 paper towels to each child. (Instruct them to place the towels inside their waistband and to use when they need to wipe their eyes, ears, mouth, etc.
Pass out one Water/Paint Shooter to each child
- No headshots (This will happen by accident...use your discretion) 2 minute time out each time they are caught.
- Cannot stand over the buckets...they must load their shooter and then chase each other. (2 minute time out each time they are caught loading and shooting and then re-loading without leaving the buckets....uses too much paint)
- Must wear eye protection. (2 minute time out each time they are caught. Sit out the rest of the game if they continue to break the rule.)
- No shooting the leaders unless they are participating
Paint Slinging Game
Make sure the buckets are full and paint has been added if necessary.
Place a dipping utensil beside each bucket
Give each child another paper towel to place in the waistband of their shorts/jeans.
Children are to dip their brushes into the cups of paint and fling the paint from the brush at each other. Refills are allowed.
No pouring the entire cup of paint onto someone. 2 minute time out (uses too much paint)
No slinging the entire cup of paint at someone. 2 minute time out.(uses too much paint)
No slinging paint into someone's face on purpose (this will happen, use your own discretion) 2 minute time out.
Pass out a solo cup to each child.
Pass out a paintbrush to each child.
Each child fills their own cup (including refills)
Blow the whistle and step back.
Don't enforce too many rules once play begins (except safety) If they dip paint from one bucket with the wrong utensil or they dip their cup in the bucket to refill, or they mix paint together...just let it go. They are going to have every color on them anyhow. Just let them have fun.
Same rules as above except they fling the powder paint with a spoon. No pouring entire cup on someone...no slinging the entire cup at someone.
Like all summer outdoor activities...simple is better.
If you have a snow cone machine, consider serving snow cones with all the flavors mixed together (like the paint).
If you do not have a snow cone machine then consider purchasing simple icee pops or multi-colored popsicles.
Keep your summer as easy as possible...you have lots of BIG summer activities coming up!
Not all children are the same.
Keep in mind that not all children are the same. You may have some children show up who do not want to get wet or dirty. Grab a small "emergency" tote with a lid that you take to all of your summer events. Add a couple of coloring books, crayons, bubbles, jump rope or two, sidewalk chalk, etc. to your tote. Place it in an area where the kids cannot see it. Bring it out only if needed.
All children are different...all churches are different...Plan for the best event ever but prepare for the worst.
Have a few extra games in mind just in case you finish early or the kids get tired of doing what you have planned. You do not have to drag out more stuff...just plan some extra activities using the items that you brought or some "no supplies" needed group games.
Do not try to cram everything that you have planned into one evening. Let the kids be your guide. Are they having fun? Leave them alone. Are they bored? Toss in an extra game or two and then resume your planned activities. Occasionally the kids will start a game of their own...if they are having fun...let them play! No evening is a failure if the children are having fun!
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Make sure to save all buckets and brushes when finished. Wash all brushes and buckets in hot, soapy water and leave to dry. Once you host this event, you WILL be doing it again!
Tempera Paint (1 Gallon jugs - 3 or more colors)
5 Gallon Buckets - 1 Per each color of Paint
5 Gallon stir sticks - 1 per each 5 gallon bucket
Paint/Water shooters - 1 per child
Dipping utensil - 1 per each 5 gallon bucket
Solo Cups - 1 per child + extra's if needed
1" paint brush - 1 per child
2 Rolls of paper towels
Eye protection - Each child
Old Bath Towels
Large trash can with liner
5 Gallon bucket- half full of water - (For dirty paint brushes)
5 Gallon bucket - half full of water (For dirty eye protection)
(If you are including a water balloon battle)
Water balloons - Prepared in advance
5 gallon bucketc (To hold water balloons)
Trash Can with Liner
Powder Paint Supplies
(If you are including a powder paint battle)
Powder Paint (Several bags of different color powder). Purchase or make your own using info listed above.
Solo Cup - One per child
Plastic Spoons - One per child