8 Fun Last-Minute Mutual and YSA Activities That Will Look Like You've Been Planning Them for Weeks

5. Human Foosball


Photo and instructions from Heather at howdoesshe.com

This game is just like tabletop foosball, but with real people! 

You'll need PVC pipe, duct tape, a soccer ball, and at least ten people to play this. Start by duct taping your PVC pipe together to make several long poles (the length depends on the size of the area where you're playing, and the number of people you're playing with). Evenly place the poles across your playing area, and mark the poles' positions on either side with cones or tape (depending on the surface). Players holding onto that pole can't step outside of the marked area. 

Designate a goal at either end of the playing area. Each team has a goalie who can use their hands, but everyone else must have at least one hand on their pole at all times. Set up the teams like a foosball table team (see this diagram for help), and go at it! 

6. Water Balloon Volleyball


Photo from Susan Evans

This game is simple to put together and is great for building teamwork!

Divide into two teams, and volley a water balloon over the net using only towels and blankets held between teammates. The team that lets the balloon fall to the ground or break loses a point. You will get wet!

This game can have a lot of variety. You can play with only one water balloon, or use two to make it extra challenging. You can have teammates pair up and hold a towel between them, or have the whole team use a single large blanket. Make sure to have lots of water balloons on hand because it can get pretty crazy!

7. Pass the Pudding


This game is super messy, so have your youth dress appropriately! Divide your youth into pairs, and have them lay on their backs so that the tops of their heads touch and their feet point in opposite directions. Everyone gets a pudding cup and a spoon, but you can't eat your own—your partner has to feed you! This game is best played on the grass because even with good communication and superb coordination, everyone's bound to get pudding all over the place!

8. Water Gun Painting


Photo and instructions from Somewhat Simple

If you're looking for a summery, outdoor craft project, this one is great! 

Find a few cheap water guns and fill them with a 50/50 mixture of water and Tempra paint. Set out a drop cloth to protect the lawn, and make sure it's okay for the surrounding area (and whatever's supporting your canvases) to get paint on it. 

Prop up a canvas for each of your youth (you can find them fairly cheap at Hobby Lobby) and let them create something unique with squirt gun paint! You can provide painter's tape for the youth to make cool designs. Just make sure to let the paint dry completely before you remove the tape!

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