For many years I have been involved in running activities at events and camps for Scouts and Guides, ranging up to mass games for over 600 kids at once. In many cases these have included silly, wet or messy games which always proved very popular with the participants. However, in most cases we had to rein back our ideas somewhat due to consideration of budget, weather (some events were in cold times of the year), washing facilities or capacity, leaving me with a host of ideas not fully implemented.

After discussion with some friends, we decided to run our own messy games day, which we christened 'Messtival'. This means we could take part in the games, and they could be as over the top as we liked. The event has now been running for a few years and has been growing in popularity each time.

I do not make any claim that any of these games are completely original, and thank those people whose ideas I have adapted over the years.

This Instructable will take you through how to run a similar event- there are many ways to change it to suit your needs, but I hope it gets you started. It would be great to hear your ideas in the comments.

I won't reproduce the mess recipes here; please see my other Instructables where I have fully described them.
Gunge Recipe  https://www.instructables.com/id/Gunge/
Slime Recipe  https://www.instructables.com/id/Slime-1/

You will find examples of other clean games and obstacle courses at my website http://www.superpants.net/games.html These may eventually form a new Instructable. Also on the site you will find loads more info on making mess.

Step 1: Equipment

What you need will vary massively dependent on many factors, so this won't be an exhaustive list, but should give you a good starting point. Details will become clear in the individual sections.

Elephant eggs
Bouncy castle & Blower
Powder Paint
Balloon filler

Old clothes
Large bag/ Duvet cover
Clothes line and pegs

Large paper sheet
Ready mixed Paint
Paper plates

Cake decorating ingredients

Alien Eggs
Paddling pool

Alphabetti Spaghetti
Paddling pool
Foam Letters
Foam strips/ hose pipe

General Kit
Paddling pool
Hoses & fittings
Hose fittings inc splitters
Washing up bowls
Team T-shirts
Spare towels
Barrels/ dustbin
Cleaning cloths/ sponges
Spare Buckets
What recipe do u use for Yur slime?
You can find the recipe here;<br><br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Gunge/
<p>Sweet work! I love it! I wanna come hang out with you! I love messy games and just games in general</p>
<p>Feel free to drop in when you are passing ;o)</p>
Just wanted to say congratulations on being a finalists in the Great Outdoors Contest! This was a fantastic instructable and I am hoping to get something like this implemented into the camp I work for! Good luck!
Thanks a lot- hope you do get to run one for your camp
That looks epic to try at some point in my life.
A good activity to include in here, paint balloon war.
replace it with mud <br>
nice job <br>
I LOVE this!!! I have MS and am in a wheelchair. It is MUCH harder to have real fun now. I am very fortunate to have wonderful family and friends that are dedicated to helping me have more fun. I am starting a new charity to enable those with disabilities to have more fun. I would really appreciate if you would take a look at our website and maybe join us. <br>Www.therapy-fund.org <br>
This looks awesome, but I've got one big question. What's the long-term (like a week and month later) impact of these games on the party site? Does rain wash away the goos and slimes and whatever quickly? Basically, are these activities to be run in public places like parks and little league outfields?
Good question- Unfortunately there isn&rsquo;t a simple answer! <br> <br>I would avoid running the event directly on a sports pitch- The grounds keeper is unlikely to be very happy about it, but general recreation grounds etc. should be less of a problem. I have however never had any complaints from the campsites &amp; showgrounds events have been held on, although the staff have usually been pre-warned. <br> <br>Of the wide variety of these types of games I have run, there is always some sign you have been on the field, but it can vary from lasting from a few days to a month or so. What you can do to mitigate the effects are the following; <br> <br>Use the minimum of colouring possible in your slime <br>Use groundsheets/ drop cloths or similar directly under the area you are playing games to keep the worst of the goo off the grass <br>Dispose of gunge elsewhere <br>Wash down the area with plenty of water immediately afterwards <br>Hope it rains hard afterwards! <br> <br>The worst marking I have had has been when I have disposed of the gunge directly onto the grass, and the weather was dry for weeks afterwards. <br>
Can I come play at your place? <br>
Just pop round when you're passing ;o)
Thanks for the positive comments guys- Always pleased to have feedback!
Love, love, LOVE this! This looks like so much fun!! Fantastically written, great photos, everything is spectaular :D
This looks super fun!
This is AWESOME! I work for a children's summer camp and love all things camp, I could see us making our own Messtival! Thanks for sharing, voted!

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