Keep your bottle

An all-time favourite, Keep Your Bottle is a great kids’ party game and outdoor activity for the warmer months. The kids will love the chance to race and test their water-carrying balance skills, so play a game today.

What you need:

  • 2 plastic bottles
  • 2 small plastic cups
  • 2 buckets warm water
  • 2 chairs

Number of players:


Divide the players into two teams.

Nominate a player from each team to sit on a wooden chair at the end of the garden or yard.

Give the seated players a plastic bottle each to hold on their head.

Give the first player in each team a small plastic cup.

Place a bucket of warm water half way between the teams and the seated players with the bottle.

The first player from each team must run to their bucket, fill their cup and carefully run and pour it into the plastic bottle on their seated player’s head.

Continue until the bottle is filled up.

The first team to fill their bottle is the winner.


For a messier alternative (great for a hot summer’s day!), have the player lay on the ground and hold a large cup on their belly. The rest of the team take turns to scoop up the water in their cup from the bucket but hold the cup on their head before making their way over to their team-mate who is lying down. They then tip the water, whilst still keeping the cup on their head, into the larger cup. The team with the most water in their large cup after everyone has had a turn wins.

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