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  • Teams: Multiple Teams
  • Time: 10 - 30 mins
  • Cost: Under $20
  • Mess: Extreme Mess
  • Location: Outside
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  • waterpistols, water bombs, buckets

Alka Seltzer Waterfight

Action games, Water games, Wide games

1. Get a large group of youth together and split them into two teams.
2. Give the members of each team a colored cloth to use as an armband so that they can easily identify friendlies and foes. (You can also use different colors of waterguns to identify teams.)
3. Give each person a water gun, a string, and an Alkaseltzer tablet.
NOTE: If you allow youth to bring their own water guns, specify a maximum size inorder to prevent one person with a large super soaker from dominating the game.
4. Have each youth tie the tablet around their neck with the string. It must hang down the front of the shirt and be visible.
5. Have a designated refill point for each team. A couple buckets of water will do the trick.
6. Have kids wear old clothes as this can get a little messy. Rule out white t-shirts to pervent embarrassment when they get wet.

Let everyone run around in a large area squirting each other with the squirt guns. If a person's tablet dissolves, he's out. First team to eliminate all the opponents wins.

This game also works if you want to play every man for himself.

Submitted by Shorty on 19 May 2008 - Search for more games submitted by Shorty.


18 Comments Add a comment »

saregurlMay 25, 2009 at 4:54 am
Wow - this sounds like a great game for my youth groups philip island camp this year :D
run around on the beach :)
MikeJuly 30, 2009 at 8:12 am
Sounds like a really good idea for like a overnighter
MikeJuly 30, 2009 at 10:00 am
we are defintely going to use this for are church picnic
KarenAugust 23, 2009 at 10:33 am
When we played this at a camping trip several years ago, the kids loved it. Their only complaint was that it was difficult to get the tablet to fall off. We decided to offer "hand grenades" aka water balloons next time to make the game move faster.
mahunad habibOctober 10, 2009 at 12:36 am
Stupid game and kids get bored!!!!!!!!!!!!
AlyceNovember 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm
Joel, I think you should prevent completely unhelpful comments such as "stupid game" from being posted. If people don't have any useful advice, concerns or ideas then we dont want to hear their negative vibes! What kind of youth gets "bored" in a massive water fight? seriously....
ShortyNovember 17, 2009 at 7:42 pm
Yeah I agree, some of the comments are fairly unhelpful especially when there is no alternative or reasons with the comment. I generally do keep an eye on these kind of things. But on the flipside... I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion in the end?
ashNovember 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm
to make it more interesting, instead of the tablet being around the neck. you can make them wear ladies stocking over their heads and hv the tablet at the end of it. really really funny with the stocking!
MickMarch 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm
We played this game and the youth got bored of it pretty quick. If I did it again I would make sure I had really high powered water pistols and/or a smaller tablet because otherwise it takes to long.
ShortyJuly 13, 2010 at 10:27 am
Ars Technica recently posted an article on this game! Has some more ideas in it also.

"For more fun? Put the tablets on your arms and legs, and if you get hit in one and it starts foaming, no more use of that limb."
AJuly 15, 2010 at 3:29 am
How do you drill the hole for the string? What tool do you use? I tried to use a needle so I could thread the string, and I ended up breaking a ton of tablets trying to get a hole put in it. Has anyone tried any other ways to attach the tablet?
MarthaJuly 25, 2010 at 7:48 am
Please be careful with this. Once the alka seltzer started melting, it started burning some of the kids and they had red marks from it.
bJanuary 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm
i think you should tie them round legs so faces dont get squirted
JamesJune 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm
You should get these to spice it up
JannahJune 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm
Is there a cheaper option than heart burn tables? I'd really like to do this but there could be 20 to 50 kids.
Eric June 25, 2011 at 2:34 am
I love the idea of this game but I was kind of leery of using Alka Seltzer because we'll be playing this at a Jr. Camp. I decided to get blank white notecards and make a big dot on them with sidewalk chalk and then tie that around their neck.
andrew February 28, 2012 at 2:00 am
i love the idea
July 26, 2014 at 9:27 am
We played it with selzer tablets from a dollar store. We didn't put holes, we clipped the tablets with a clothespin and strung yarn through it and around the neck. We used plastic cups instead of water guns and put out 2 large trash cans filled with water. We put cones around the cans and this became a safe zone. The kids loved it, we had about 50 kids.

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