Two separate activities rolled into one big fun kids game for your warm weather, outdoor party.
In a post with various ideas for games for a Star Wars party, I found this one that is adaptable to almost any other theme you might be using- princesses, pirates, soccer or other sports, etc. If you or they can draw anything related to your theme that can serve as a target, and you’ve got a driveway, you’re good to go.
Have enough sidewalk chalk for all your party guests and divide the group into two teams. If they’re old enough, challenge them to divide themselves: either have them do it mathematically (evens and odds), alphabetically, whatever works. Once divided, physically separate them on either side of a waterproof line on your driveway- like tape or mop handles.
If they’re old enough to draw themselves, you can do this game in two parts.
Part 1: Have the kids draw anything they want related to your party theme.
If not old enough or interested enough in drawing, you do it before hand. And if you’re not artistic, don’t worry about it, just draw either a bunch of bullseyes on both sides of the line or a great big on on both sides of the line. However, if you want something more interesting, surf the net for simplistic graphics that you can copy with your chalk. For example- draw soccer balls or footballs for a sports theme party; jolly rogers, parrots, ships for a pirate party; crowns for a princess party; death stars or space ships for a star wars party; animals for a safari jungle party- use your imagination but it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re artistic or daring, you can draw Shreks, SpongeBobs, Dora’s etc.
Part 2: Once all the drawings are in place, it’s time to clean up the driveway- with water balloons!! Have at least 3 water balloons per child all ready to go OR have the kids make their own arsenals with your hose (yet another party activity to keep them occupied). You’ll need two hoses so invest in a cheap splitter at the hardware store so you can attach two hoses.
You decide if you want organized chaos or just plain chaos- have them take turns trying to obliterate the drawings with the water balloons or let the two teams just go straight at it- and at each other, no doubt.
Have towels on hand.