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Firefighter Water Relay

Firefighter Water Relay

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What You'll Need:

  • 2 Liquid Measuring Cups
  • 2 Tablespoons
  • 2 Bowls (each one must hold 1 cup of water or more)
  • Red or Orange Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape
  • A Small Table


Mark a start line and a finish line in the playing area, about 15' to 20' apart.

Use scissors to cut out a flame shape, about 10" to 12" tall, from the red or orange construction paper. You can simply cut a triangle with jagged edges, if desired.

At the Party:

Divide the players into two equal teams. Have each team form a single-file line. Place a spoon and a bowl containing one-cup of water at the head of each team's line. Place the two measuring cups at the finish line (i.e. one cup for each team). Place the flame about 10' behind the finish line, between the two measuring cups (i.e. 25' to 30' away from the start line).

Explain to the teams that they are racing to fill their measuring cup with one cup of water and use the filled cup to put out the fire at the end of the playing area. To start, the first player in each line fills his/her spoon with water from the bowl, walks or runs to the measuring cup, and dumps in the water. The player runs back to the line and passes the spoon to the next player, who repeats the process. Once a team has filled their measuring cup with 1 cup of water, the player standing next to the measuring cup takes it, runs to the flame, and douses it with water! The first team to douse the fire is the winning team.