Wonderful Water Fun & Games Will Get You Super Soaked
1) Water Balloon & Beach Towel Toss
Materials Needed: Water Balloons, Beach Towels (2 per team)
How to Play: Form groups of
four, having one person on the short side of each towel. Place a water
balloon in the middle of a towel, holding the towel pulled out tight &
flat. Have both sets of towels & players standing side by side. When ready,
use the towel to toss the balloon to your partners, who will try to catch the
balloon in their towels. If you have enough people, you can play against teams.
If you only have four people, then play as a challenge. For each successful
toss, have the receiving partners take a step away. If your balloon bursts,
start over again, side by side.
Tip: Fill up your water balloons at your vacation
home before heading to the beach, and transport in a cooler or large plastic
2) Beach Bucket Fill-Up Race
Materials Needed: 1 identical beach bucket per
team, 1 identical water scoop per team (sand shovel or cup)
How to Play: This game is played as a relay race. One team
member sits above the tide mark, and places the bucket on his/her head. The
rest of the team lines up at the waters edge. When ready, the first runner will
scoop up as much water as possible and run to the bucket…trying not to spill
any. Then they will pour the water into the bucket before running back to pass
on the scoop to the next runner. Teams continue until a bucket is full or a
pre-determined time has counted down. First team to fill the bucket, or fill it
Tip: Choose your buckets and scoops based on age
and skill levels of players.
3) Water Balloon Buddy Burst
Materials Needed: 3 or
more 10-Inch balloons (regular balloons, not water balloons) filled with water per team of 2
How to Play: Teams of 2 will stand back to back and link arms,
having placed a balloon (filled with water) between their backs. When ready, each team will try to
use the weight of their bodies to pop their balloon. The first team to pop 3
(or whichever number works for you) balloons WINS! You could also play against
a timer…how many balloons can you pop in 1 minute?
Tip: Fill up your water
balloons at your vacation home before heading to the beach, and transport in a
cooler or large plastic container.
4) Wet Shirt Relay Race
Materials Needed: 1 t-shirt for each team
How to Play: Divided into teams if you have enough people playing. Players will then line up. Game is played as a relay, with the first person in line
having to take a quick tip in the water to get their t-shirt soaking wet. When
ready, the person with the wet t-shirt will try to take it off and then pass it
to the next person in line. That person will have to put the t-shirt on and
take it back off, before passing it to the next person in line. The first team
to finish, WINS!
Tips: Want to make this game super challenging? Make it a
WET CLOTHES relay…including shirt, pants, hat, etc.
Fun & Games in the Sand at Ocean Isle Beach
5) Tic-Tac-Toes In the Sand
Materials Needed: 2 groups of rocks or shells
that are very different, a stick
How to Play: Draw a tic-tac-toe grid in the sand. One player uses
rocks and the other player uses shells (as their X’s and O’s). The game is
played just like regular tick-tac-toe.
Tips: If you have a large group of people at the beach, you
can have a tournament.
6) Beach Picasso
Materials Needed: Rocks, shells, seaweed,
How to Play: Instead of sand sculptures, make art in the sand by
using items that can be found on the beach. For example, draw a sea turtle in
the sand, then use smooth shells for the scales on it’s back, and then outline him with
small pieces of driftwood.
Tips: Make it a contest. Snap pictures of your creations,
and then post them on social media…asking your friends to vote. Have a prize
for the person who receives the most votes!
7) Rockin’ Toss
Materials Needed: Plastic Cups or Buckets, Rocks
How to Play: Dig a hole in the sand that is the same size as your disposable
plastic cup or beach bucket. Set the cup/bucket in the hole, with the neck of
the cup/bucket barely exposed…this will be your target. Draw a line in the sand
that will your beginning toss line. Throw rocks/shells into the cup/buckets.
Each time a player makes a toss into the cup, they can take a step back to
see who can get the furthest away from the target.
Tips: Don’t forget to collect your cups or buckets out of
the sand when you are finished!
8) Canal Race
Materials Needed: Small shovels, ping pong balls,
How to Play: Dig small canals from above the high tide mark towards
the water, some can be curvy and others straight. When ready, players can place a ping pong ball at the beginning of the canal, then slowly pour water into the
canal to make the ball race towards the water’s edge. First ball to meet the
Tips: Try to buy bright colored ping pong balls…they will be
easier to see!!
9) Do You Want to Build a Sandman?
Materials Needed: Rocks, shells, sticks, scarf,
Santa hat, sunglasses, etc.
How to Play: Build a “snowman” in the sand! Then decorate him with
summer or winter accessories.
Tips: This is a great time to take your family Christmas
You Need a Sensational Scavenger Hunt at the Beach
10) Beach Scavenger Hunt
Materials Needed: Free Beach Scavenger Hunt
print-out, camera, pencil
How to Play: Search for listed items as a team or individuals.
Record items found on your free print-out or by using a camera!
Tips: Add several “challenge” items to the list.
Example: Send players with a plastic bag
to collect 5 trash items.
BONUS) Beach Ball Scavenger Hunt with a Twist
Materials Needed: Permanent Marker, Beach Ball
How to Play: Before heading to the beach, write “clues” and “challenges”
all over the beach ball. Example: Find an object that is bigger than a loaf of
bread/Sing a Patriotic Song/Build your best sand castle in 60 seconds/Be the
first person to bring back a whole shell. With your beach ball full of clues
and challenges, one person will toss it up in the air, and as it lands, they will
point to a random clue or challenge. That person will read the clue/challenge
out loud, and then do the action required individually or as a group. After the challenge is
complete, another person tosses the balls, and repeats the game.
Tips: This game can be tailored to fit your family. You can
include educational challenges like, “write your name in the sand” or silly
clues like, “With a partner, find someone in a red swimsuit with blond hair.”