Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Messy Night!

One of the Facebook Groups I follow is a group for Australian Guiders. I was inspired by an activity that is very popular there, which led to the Caledonia Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers having their first Messy Night! We had beautiful sunshine and 24 degree weather, which meant everyone was ready for water games, paint twister and outdoor fun!

As the girls arrived, we had bubble solution ready for blowing bubbles while we got organized.

We started out with rules:
1. You don't have to get wet if you don't want to, BUT you can't get other people wet without their permission.
2. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
3. Don't throw things at people unless instructed to (i.e. as part of a game)

We explained a number of different activities, and let the girls choose which ones they wanted to do. The chosen activities were Bouncy Balls, Shave the Balloon, Paint Twister, Splat Tag, Water Fight, Bubble Art, and Armpit Fudge.

Bouncy Balls
In one cup, combine 4 tbsp warm water, 3 tbsp cornstarch and 1/2 tsp borax. In a second cup but 1 tbsp of white glue and food colouring. Mix the glue and food colouring, then mix the water/cornstarch/borax mixture. Pour the water mixture into the glue. Stir. You'll see it immediately start to clump together. Stir a bit more until you have one, big slimy glob. Take the globe out of the liquid and roll it between the palms of your hands until you have a nice smooth ball. Store in a plastic container or ziplock bag. (If you're ball doesn't bounce well, play with the material like flubber!!)

Shave the Balloon
Girls work in pairs. One girl inflates the balloon and holds it for her partner while she covers
it with shaving cream. She then uses a butter knife (or razor) to 'shave' the balloon, trying not to pop it. If the balloon doesn't pop, 'help' it along with a pin - but be aware that when it does pop, shaving cream will go EVERYWHERE!

Paint Twister
Paint twister is played the same way as regular twister, except that instead of coloured circles on  mat, you make coloured circles of shaving cream mixed with paint on a tarp!

Splat Tag
Two players are IT and each has a water ball (cloth balls that absorb water like a sponge). To tag other players, they throw the balls trying to hit people below the shoulders. When a player is hit, she becomes it. Have a bucket of water nearby for re-soaking the balls.

Water Fight
Buckets of water, water balls and small squirt guns were provided, and everyone had a great time!

Bubble Painting
Mix food colouring with bubble solution in small containers. Dip a straw in the coloured solution. Place the end of the straw just touching a piece of paper and gently blow a bubble. When the bubble bursts, it will leave the colour behind. Repeat until you have finished your design, then let dry.

Armpit Fudge
This is a group favourite! Put 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 tbsp butter, 2 tsp cream cheese, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 2 tsp cocoa powder in a ziplock bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal. Smoosh all of the ingredients together until they are blended and the mixture is coming away from the bag. Use the heat from your hands, or armpit, to help mix the ingredients.

Resources
Girl Guides Western Australia - Dirty & Messy Night
PBS Kids - Super Bouncy Ball - www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/super-bouncy-balls/