Games and Activities:
Sand Castles~ (This kind will last)
4 Cups Sand
2 Cups Cornstarch
1 tbl + 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
3 Cups Hot Water
Mix sand, cornstarch and cream of tarter into large saucepan. Stir in hot water and cook over medium heat until stiff and water is absorbed. Cool
Kids can form castles with their hands or used small sand molds. It may be best to coat molds with a vegetable spray first for easy removal.
Crossing the river:
String two ropes the length of the pool.
Divide people into teams. Need two "rafts" (something they can float on, preferably keeping somewhat dry, but could be unstable).
Team members are split onto each side of the pool, near the rope.
The first person up must climb onto the raft, pull the raft to the other
side using the rope, then climb off. Continue with the others. The winning team finishes first OR is the one with the team members that are least wet.
Dog Race: (for youngsters that can swim the dog paddle)
Line up the kids on the edge of the pool. On go they jump in and all dog paddle to the other side, get out and bark 3 times. First one to finish wins.
Line up everyone on the side of the pool and toss in "treasure." See who can bring back the most.
Make poster board crowns:
Trim with glitter. Let the kids decorate them with stamps, markers, stickers.
The Limbo and the Conga to Little Mermaid music or other
Catch the Fish:
Need: 3" fish made from tissue paper, Stir stick straws, clear plastic cups.
Place the fish on a table top. Let the children blow at the fish, through the straws and try to catch them with their cups. See who can catch the most in 2 minutes.
Memory Treasure Hunt:
Take turns finishing this sentence: "I found a sunken ship beneath the ocean waves, and I collected a ________." The others must say what the others found then add to the list.