Soak It Up!

Soak It Up! is a great game to bring into the fold as summer draws nearer.

PREP TIME– 20 minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 2 Kiddie Pools (or two hoses as an alternative), Pile of Sponges, Towels & Extra Clothing (socks, sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc.), Strong Tape, 2 Clear Buckets

GAME TIME– 15 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 2 Even Teams (add more teams for very large groups)


Soak It Up! is the extreme version of Don’t Squeeze Me Yet. Before you begin, fill two kiddie pools full of water and evenly divide two large piles of sponges, towels, extra clothing & a role of duct tape at equal distances from each group.

Once you’ve divided your group into two, they will designate someone to be the “sponge.” They will then have three minutes (you can give longer based upon how many items you have for them to attach to the “sponge”) to load the “sponge” up with extra clothing as well as tape sponges & towels to their body.

At the end of the three minutes, the two sponges will then be given 90 seconds to run to the kiddie pool, dive in and sop up as much water into their sponges, towels and clothing as possible.

After the 90 seconds is up, they will return to their team and have an additional three minutes to squeeze out as much water as possible into their team’s bucket. The team with the most water collected in their bucket wins!

Alternate Version:

Play the game the exact same way, only spray the “sponges” with hoses for 90 seconds instead of having them jump in a kiddie pool.


1. If you don’t have a clear bucket, use cups to measure how much water each team collected.

2. Play music in the background to enhance the atmosphere.

3. Take lots of pictures and video! This is a great game for the highlight reel!!

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