This game takes the concept of balancing something while racing and puts a unique twist on it! We've bet you've never seen something quite like this game before. It's so easy to set up, provided you have the right supplies and a little time. Let's check it out!
Sharks Out of Water
Things you'll need:
Blue and gray tissue paper
At least one drinking straw for each guest
Before the guests arrive:
Step 1: Make a bunch of shark shapes out of the tissue paper. Be sure you have at least one for each guest.
Step 2: Using the masking tape, mark two goal lines about 15’-20’ apart.
When you're ready to start:
Step 1: Have the guests line up along the goal line.
Step 2: Give each guest a drinking straw, and put one of the paper sharks by their feet.
Step 3: To get started, have each child put the straw in their mouth, and suck the shark onto the straw.
Step 4: As soon as each child has their shark on the straw, yell ‘GO!’ They need to get to the other goal line with their shark still on their straw. If they drop the shark, they must stop and reattach it before going on.
Step 5: The first child to reach the goal line with the shark on the straw wins.
What Age is Sharks Out of Water Good For?
This relatively simple game is great for young kids! All participants obviously need to be able to use a straw and move quickly, otherwise they won't be very good at playing this game! Kids should be able to move quickly without wobbling or falling.
The maximum age for this game is around seven or eight. By the time children reach this age, they're going to want to play more complex games. For a game that's similar but better for older children, have them balance an egg on a spoon and race while doing so. Very young children will have a hard time doing this, which is why this game is better for them.
Ultimately, finding a balance between age-appropriate and fun is key. You don't want to pick something that's too challenging and frustrating, but you also don't want to pick something that's too simple and boring. Sharks Out of Water is a very fun game for the right age!