1. Clear plastic container for each player
  2. Permanent marker (optional)
  3. Timer (optional)
  4. Rain gear (optional)
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1. Give each player their own plastic container. If you like, have them write their name on the bottom of the container.
2. Have everyone put on their rain gear.
3. Explain the rules (see below).
4. Set the timer and send everyone out into the rain.

How to Play: 

1. Everyone has 5 minutes (or whatever time you set) to catch as many raindrops as they can. There are only 2 rules:
A. No pushing or shoving anyone else.
B. No using rain gutters, roofs, or other "run off" areas to fill your cup. Individual raindrops only.
2. Let everyone spread out in the playing area, then yell "Go!"
3. At the end of your time limit, call everyone in and compare containers. See who was able to gather the most raindrops in their container.


1. Don't have any rain? Have someone use a hose. Make sure that they move around and spray up into the sky so the drops fall to the ground.
2. If you live in an area where it's snowing, then try catching snowflakes instead.
3. Work as a team to see just how much rainwater you can all gather. When the timer is up, instead of comparing cups to see who got the most, pour the contents of all the cups into one container.


1. You'll want a good, steady rainfall. Mist or light rain is too frustrating for players.
2. This is actually harder than it seems! You can encourage players to keep count of how many they catch to keep them engaged.
3. Try starting with a smaller amount of time and play a couple rounds, adding time as the interest permits (that way you won't set the timer for 10 minutes and have a bunch of grumbling players asking, "When is the time up?").

Activity Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Non-competitive (cooperative)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor: 
Clean and tidy
Noise Level: 
Number of Players: 
3 to 4
5 to 10
10 to 20
As many as you can handle!
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Team Division: 
Every man for himself (individual players)