Messy Ideas

Messy Ideas

Make a walk for water painting

A great one for kids! Get a big piece of paper or you could even use a bedsheet. Pour some colourful paints in shallow trays. Tell the children about the many boys and girls in South Sudan who need to walk very far just to get clean water. As an activity get the children to step in the trays and walk across the paper creating some wonderful artwork that shows the difficulty many other children have to just get access to clean, safe water. Consider selling colourful paintings perhaps as part of a silent auction to raise money to provide clean water.

Create a Turn on the Tap hand painting

Ask children to think about how great clean water is, how important it is to them every day. Ask them when they use water – think of the different times in the day when they use water.  Then ask them to create a hand painting showing their favourite things about water. Maybe they could paint a picture of them drinking a glass of water, using the paddling pool in the summer, watering plants or going swimming. Tell the children that for a lot of children in South Sudan water is not such a great thing, drinking it can often make them ill because they don’t have clean water and they have to drink and swim and play in dirty water. Consider selling the colourful paintings to help raise money to provide clean water.

Water Day slippery, Slimy Activity

Raise awareness for children and incorporate this fun activity in your Water Day event. Create slippery slimy batches of “dirty water” and “clean sparkling water” to help children discuss the choices we have.

To create the mix you will need:

  • 3 cups pure soap flakes (I use Lux but you can also grate your own from the Sunlight bars)
  • Around 2.5 litres of hot water
  • Large shallow tub or a bucket
  • Food colouring or paint dye powder (optional)

Here’s what you do:

  • Divide soap flakes into two tubs or buckets.
  • In each bucket, slowly pour in the hot water making sure it is not within reach of children.
  • Use a whisk to combine until the flakes have mostly dissolved.
  • Add a mix of food colourings to make “dirty water” in one bucket and use blue food colouring and maybe glitter if you have it into the other bucket.
  • Leave overnight if you can as it will become beautifully thick and slimy. If it is too thick just add a little more warm water and whisk again until you get the consistency you want.
  • If you want to use it straightaway just wait until it is cool enough for little fingers to touch and then get them whisking and mixing as this will ensure it begins to get ‘slimy’.

It’s fun to play with and great to lead children into a conversation about water. Ask the children whether they prefer the colourful glittery one, or the brown “dirty” one. Help them see that this slime is actually mostly water. Do they prefer dirty horrible water or clean sparkling water? Although we have a choice, children in South Sudan have no choice but to use dirty, horrible water. Tell them that we are raising money so that children in South Sudan can have clean water.

Ways to fundraise with your dirty water and clean sparkling water

  • Have the buckets on display and take donations for people to handle the slime you’ve created.
  • Who will have to put the slime on top of their head for 10 seconds?
    • Will it be the Head Teacher? The RE Teacher? Or someone else?
    • Kids can give donations towards the one of these candidates.
    • The candidate with the most donations “wins” and needs to put the slime on their head!


Matthew 25:35 (NIV)