Gummy worms and Kool-Aid… the perfect combination to an awesome summer game!
The game sets up a lesson, based on Psalm 139:13-16, about valuing yourself and others.
Nick Dilberto, Ministry to Youth
SUMMER GAME: KOOL-AID GUMMY DUNK N SLIDE
Bible: Psalm 139:13-16
- 3 Large kiddie pools
- Large bags of gummy worms and gummy bears (variety of colors)
- Three different colors of Kool-Aid mix (enough to color a kiddie pool of water)
- 3 Small buckets
- Large roll of plastic sheeting
- Clipboard w/ paper and pen
- Optional: baby shampoo
Note: The game supply list is written for a group of 30-40 students. If you have more, then just add more kiddie pools, buckets, Kool-Aid flavors, etc.
Lay the plastic sheeting down and cover it with water to make it slippery.
Optional: Add baby shampoo to the plastic sheeting to make it extra slippery. Baby shampoo is the best option because it won’t irritate students’ eyes.
Fill the three pools with water and add a different color of Kool-Aid mix to each one.
Put an equal number of gummy worms/bears in each pool – the colors do not matter.
Divide students into three teams, and line them up on the opposite end of the plastic.
If you have more than 30-40 students, add more teams.
Have a leader use the clipboard, paper, and pen to keep score throughout the game.
HOW TO PLAY THE GAME
When the game begins, one student from each team will run/slide down the plastic to the pools.
They will choose a pool, dunk their head in the water, and fish out a gummy worm/bear.
They can only take one gummy worm/bear per turn, and cannot spit it back into the pool.
Only one student is allowed at each pool.
Gummies are worth different point values:
- Green Worms = 5 pts
- Red Worms = 3 pts
- Yellow Worms = 2 pts
- All but red gummy bears = 1 pt
- Red gummy bears = minus 1pt
Once students retrieve a gummy worm/bear, they will run back to their team and place it in their team’s bucket.
A leader will record points for the teams throughout the game.
The first team to reach 50 points, wins the game.
After the game, use the Bible verse to teach a quick lesson on how God values everyone the same.
Say: In this game, each type of gummy worm/bear had a different value.
But unlike our game, God created everyone equal, and He values everyone the same.
He designed and created you in His image, which gives you tremendous value.
Whether you’re big, small, tall, or short… God created you just as you are on purpose.
You’re perfect just the way you are.
This also means that everyone you ever come into contact with is created in God’s image.
Even your teacher who you feel is out to get you.
Your sister who constantly annoys you.
The homeless person on the street.
Read Psalm 139:13-16.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
God took great care in creating you and He values you just the way you are.
Everyone needs to know that they are valued and loved.
You have the opportunity to share that message of hope with those around you.