Backyard Messes

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Pre-K Adventure


Sometimes the best way to have some fun is by making a great big backyard mess! Here are some fun ideas to get you started:


Squirt Gun Painting:

For this activity you will need:
-Squirt gun
-Food coloring
-White Paper
-Duct Tape

Start by adding 10-15 drops of food coloring to a cup and add 1/2 cup of water. Use this colored water to fill your squirt gun.

Tape a white piece of paper to a tree or fence with the duct tape. Or try just lying the paper on the ground.

Make pretty designs on the paper by squirting the squirt gun at it.

Make a new color and add to your art work.



Sidewalk Paint:

For this activity you will need:
-Food coloring
-Medium or large sized paint brushes. Sponge brushes work great for this activity.

Mix 2 cups of cornstarch to 3-4 cups of water. Then pour the mixture into several small cups and add a different color food coloring to each cup (15-20 drops).

Now you have sidewalk paint! Go outside and paint your driveway, sidewalk, or deck.


Basic Adventure


Sometimes the best way to have some fun is by making a great big backyard mess! Here are some fun ideas to get you started:


Mud Cake Decorating:

For this activity you will need:
-Some sticks, leaves, berries, pine cones, rocks, etc…
-A couple old pie or cake pans you don’t mind getting muddy

This activity is super simple but my kids love it.

Have your kids collect some cool nature items from around your yard like leaves, small sticks, small pine cones, pretty rocks, berries, whatever they think would make a nice decoration for a mud cake.

Then build mud pies and cakes in your old pans and decorate using the items you collected.


Water Balloon Art:

For this activity you will need:
-Food coloring
-Water Balloons
-An old white sheet or table cloth you don’t mind staining up.

Add about 15-20 drops of food coloring to a water balloon, then fill it with water and tie. Make about 20 water balloons like this with various colors of food coloring.

Hang the sheet or table cloth outside over a fence.

Have your kids create art by throwing the balloons at the sheet or tablecloth.

If your kids have trouble getting the balloons to pop on impact, try laying the sheet flat on the ground and throwing the balloons straight down at it.

Super Achiever Adventure


SUPERAchievers will want to help siblings, friends, or even neighborhood kids get in on the fun!  Organize a neighborhood ‘Backyard Mess’ Party and get messy!!


Teen Adventure


Sometimes making messes can be fun. Ready to roll up your sleeves? No? It doesn’t matter. You’re going to get dirty either way.


Messy Party Requirements:

• Wear something you aren’t attached to because glop, goop, paint, and dirt will definitely attach to it!
• Bring your creativity, a chaotic and messy spirit . . . and a towel.

Messy Party Rules:

These rules apply to everyone, including parents!

  • Remaining clean during a messy party is punishable by water balloon.
  • Get messy, but play clean. No hitting or hurting. No face schmearing.


It can be helpful to have everyone chip in on the supplies, or make assignments for everyone to bring 1-2 of the supplies to share. You will need the following:

• Food coloring (several colors)
• Whipped cream
• Donuts (the messier, the better, obviously)
• Water guns
• Optional: Goggles and extra towels


Messy Party Games:

Messy party ideas are all the rage right now, and here are four of our favorites, picked mostly for their effectiveness, ease of set-up, and sheer enjoyment. You can use one or all of these messy party games for your party (or random Friday afternoon).


Colored Water War

This is basically a water gun fight, but the water is dyed. Whether you have teams or go rogue, the easiest way to make this work is to have everyone refill their own water guns and then have a parent squeeze four to five drops of dye into the full barrel. Try to keep the color consistent with each child; it’s a great way to see them make a splash. (Note: White shirts are great for this game if you don’t mind them not staying that way).


Powder Power

Hang powdered doughnuts from a string and have everyone try to eat them without using their hands. Swing sets (swings removed) are a great place to do this. Other options include relatively low branches, a pole or broom held up between 2 anchors, or even by 2 people. Feel free to add to the powdered sugar content or use super-frosted doughnuts instead.


Dig for Worms

Place five gummy worms in a pie plate and then fill each tin with generous dollops of whipped cream. This messy party game requires participants to find all five gummy worms with their hands tied behind their back. Add food coloring swirls to increase the fun!


Make a Messy Monet

Drape a canvas tarp over a fence, a garage door, or a large portion of the yard. Fill squeezable condiment containers with watered-down paint (a 50-50 ratio should do the trick) or try this idea that uses paint-filled eggs to make some pretty impressive splatter art.

Another way to include paint is to use a heavy-duty (but smooth) plastic drop cloth as the backdrop for the painting fun, and then place or hang inexpensive canvases on top. The canvases will make cute party favors, and, when the painting is complete, the plastic sheet can be used as a messy slide.


Hungry for more?

Serve up sloppy joes and watermelon for lunch and set up a sundae bar for dessert. Make silverware optional, and don’t be surprised if a food fight breaks out.

Photo Location

Take a picture of your messy self along with all of your messy friends and post it to your social media sites with the hashtags #BackyardMesses and #MyDiscoveryDestination

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