Bucket Balance

A mini-olympics team-building water duel game

How To Play Bucket Balance

Get 4 kids to lie down on their backs in a small circle with their legs sticking up in the air. So their feet should be touching at the top, making a kind of table. Put the full bucket of water on here.

The aim is for all of the kids to remove their shoes in the given time limit... so this will mean keeping the balance of the bucket, while one or two players take a foot away and remove the shoe.

Materials Needed

plastic bucket

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on 5 November 2007


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It sounds hard but fun!

Posted by Essy on 22 Jun 2018 at 1:18:50

Safety third!

Posted by gjoe on 10 Jun 2018 at 10:15:15

I agree with Alyce and NOT Ethan.

Posted by Calapeno on 17 Nov 2017 at 6:26:04

Let's not get too caught up in safety here, you'll never have any fun if you do!

Posted by Jocelyn on 31 Oct 2014 at 2:04:16

Kimberly, if there's not a slight element of danger, then it's not a good youth game

Posted by Ham on 18 Sep 2014 at 3:02:54

sounds funny!

Posted by Anon on 12 Feb 2014 at 11:14:58

This sounds good! Although I'm picturing a full bucket of water falling on someones face and somebody breaking their nose??

Posted by Kimberly on 24 Jan 2013 at 2:38:37

And I agree with Alyce. . .

Posted by on 31 Oct 2012 at 4:38:28

I agree with Ethan

Posted by comment on 25 Aug 2012 at 1:06:59

We planned to play this last Friday night at our youth group however at the last second we realised that it may not be appropriate for girls to play in hot weather as skirts/shorts while lying down and sticking legs in air might be a bit inappropriate. We still ran the game but just got four male volunteers. Unfortunately two of the volunteers weren't wearing shoes... so it didn't work as well as we thought.

I think it would work best in winter, with everyone wearing decent shoes. Fill the bucket with random objects (not water) and set up multiple teams and have a race to see which team can remove their shoes first.

Posted by Shorty on 27 Feb 2012 at 8:32:40

is it possible to do?

Posted by samantha on 15 Feb 2012 at 5:25:21

i think i will try it with the kids wearing suplied socks to save thier shoes

Posted by liz on 12 Nov 2010 at 11:18:53

Works great with slime!

Posted by hwy.vaughan on 16 Aug 2010 at 1:11:54

i really think its a good game which unites the youth group in fact it builds team work

Posted by munashe on 29 Jul 2010 at 10:31:21

I'm pretty sure it's fairly simple - maybe follow a recipe like this:


Posted by Shorty on 14 Dec 2009 at 7:02:29

Can you tell me how to make slime?

Posted by Ranay on 14 Dec 2009 at 6:49:18

i am looking for water games for my youth group tonight, 40degrees today?
definitly going to try this!!
sounds awesome, i will let u's know how it goes.

Posted by HB on 19 Nov 2009 at 4:34:17

Hey ethan, thats a dumb comment.

Posted by Alyce on 17 Nov 2009 at 6:39:17

thats a dumb game

Posted by ethan on 12 Mar 2009 at 3:51:36

Sounds awesome! except i'll do it with slime

Posted by hayley on 14 Aug 2008 at 3:48:33

Great idea! gets them to work together however im thinking of substituting the water for confetti. Thanks!!

Posted by lorena on 15 Nov 2007 at 12:18:44
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