Fill the Sand Pail

Fill the sand pail game

Fill the Sand Pail game

Fill the Sand Pail is a classic party game, adopted to the shores in a beach style of fun. We hope you enjoy this beach game. Learn how to transform a simple relay race into a fun, silly or challenging party game for kids of all ages, including adults. We love being outdoors in the summer and active whether it’s playing at the pool or at the sea.

Game sheet

  • number of players: unlimited
  • ages: 4+
  • materials: two large sand pails and a couple of cups
  • Played outdoors
  • Play time: 20 min

How to play the Fill the Sand Pail Game?

Bring two large sand pails and a couple of cups (of equal size) for a game of fun. Separate the kids into 2 equal teams and place the pails equal distance from the waterline.

The game starts at the word “go”. The first person of each team races to the water, fills the smaller bucket or cup and runs back to dump it into the big bucket. The cup is handed to the next person on the team who repeats the process. This continues until the bucket is full of water and the winners get to dump the water on the loosers.


  • The runners moving the water can only use one hand when transporting the water from the shoreline to the bucket.
  • The runners can’t run, but must hop with the water. This adds a very interesting element as the water will bounce too and a technique (like covering the top with you hand) is necessary to move the water.
  • Add in obstacles or challenges… They have to walk around people or barriers in the middle of the course so they cannot travel in a straight line.
  • A time limit is set on the game with the team with the most water in the pail wins the contest. And hopefully still allowed to dump the water on their opponents.

The educational advantages of the game

  • Generate fun atmospher
  • Enhances motor skills.
  • Enhances social and emotional awareness.
  • Introduces concepts of mathematics and science.
  • Sensory Exploration
  • Play in community: social activity
  • Promote rule-following: ability to follow instructions.

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