3 Messy Summer Games You Have to Try


Why do teenagers love messy and gross games? While I don’t have the answer to that question, I know that they most definitely do love to get them, and the messier the better. Our students beg to have messy games, and since doing them indoors is not the best option, summer is the perfect time to make it happen. Here are some of the ones that we have tried and loved.


A messtival is just what it sounds like, a messy festival. For our messtival, we set up a variety of messy games and activities for the students to enjoy. We tried to have a variety of mess levels to appeal to everyone. Our messtival included:

  1. Mural painting using only feet,
  2. Digging through a pool of sludge to find different objects,
  3. A pool of slime filled with foam letters that the students had to find in order to solve a riddle,
  4. Messy twister,
  5. Bobbing for apples in jello
  6. Sundae topping slip and slide.

The options are basically endless, and you have the opportunity to get pretty creative with what types of messy fun that you want to add to your messtival. We try to change it up each time we have a a messtival and add on what we did the year before.

Paint Slip and Slide:

This one is pretty simple. Take a long sheet of plastic. Cover it in various colors of washable paint and a little bit of soapy water and commence with typical slip and slide insanity. This was tons of fun with the required messy factor without being too messy or overly gross.

Summer Snow Ball Fight:

This one is low on the messy factor, but messy enough to call it a messy game. And who doesn’t love a snowball fight in the middle of the summer? To play this, we mixed up and formed a ton of “snow” balls and let the students go crazy.

Snow recipe:

Ingredients: cornstarch and shaving cream (unscented is best)

Simply mix together the cornstarch and shaving cream at a ratio of two boxes of cornstarch to one can of shaving cream and form into balls.



Chasity is the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Christ UMC in Newcomerstown, Ohio. As part of that position, she is the youth pastor for Meta Student Ministries, a community wide, student led youth ministry, that takes place at Christ UMC. Chasity is most passionate about empowering and equipping teens and young adults to make a difference in the world through the life changing power of Jesus. She is also pretty passionate about hanging out with her awesome husband and family, mission work to Cuba, traveling, sweet tea, all things Spanish and cooking. You can follow her on Twitter: @ChasLOpp