Volcano Jumper Sprinkler Game


This is an outdoors, Polynesian-inspired  game to play in a yard space. The parents should have been told to have their kids arrive in a bathing suit, a towel, and a change of clothes. It will cost about $23 to buy all materials unless you already have them. The game may take 15 minutes to play one round. If you try it, please comment below to let us know how it went!

Materials Needed:

  1. whirling sprinkler head with a hose or a melnor sprinkler head and a controllable water source
  2. 2 pool noodles or 4 cones to create bases
  3. 2 adults:
    • one to turn the sprinkler on every 15 seconds, 45 seconds, and then one minute and repeat pattern. You could also just randomly turn the sprinkler head on as long as you don’t have a visual of the children.
    • one to supervise the children

The Story/ Instructions for the kids

We’re in Hawaii and have been challenged to jump the volcano. You can only jump one person at a time and we have to get everyone across before we jump back to the other side. There are only two jumpable edges of the volcano here (behind the first pool noodle) and here (behind the other pool noodle). You have to make it over booth pool noodles and the sprinkler to be considered safe. If you aren’t safe then you are out.

This is an active volcano and we don’t know when it can blow. If you’re hit with the lava (water), then you’re out until we start again. You have to come sit or stand by me. Let’s start!

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