10 Best Balloon Games With Kids
Balloons are an inexpensive and fun way to entertain the kids with an endless array of games and activities you can do with them. Below are 10 of the best balloon games to play with kids.
1. SURPRISE POP
Blow up lots of balloons, filling some with treats such as small lollies, trinkets, notes and toys. Let the kids work hard to pop the balloons to retrieve their surprises. Great group or party activity. For older kids (with tons of hardcore supervision) you could even try some darts)
2. BALLOON TENNIS
Using paper plates and paddle pop sticks, create tennis racquets. Clear a large space, free of tripping hazards or breakables. Blow up a balloon and play a game of indoor tennis, hitting the balloon back and forth with the plate racquets. This is a great game when you have lots of kids, non competitive and just a whole lot of fun!
3. PROTECT YOUR BALLOON
Great activity for larger groups of 5 or more. Give each child a balloon and a length of string, approximately a metre long. Have them blow up their balloon, tie it to the string and tie it around their ankle. The aim is to protect their balloon while trying to bust everyone else’s, with the winner being the last balloon standing. Supervision essential.
4. BALLOON WADDLE RACES
An outdoor game for 2 or more kids. Have them start at the starting line, place a balloon between their knees and race to the finish line without dropping or bursting their balloon. If you have a large group and limited space, the races can be done as relays. You can have a lolly in the balloon as a way to limit any losing upsets.
5. PASS THE BALLOON
If you have at least 10 kids, split them into even groups and have them stand in parallel lines, each child approximately half a metre apart. Give the end person an inflated ballon. Once you call start, the teams are to pass the balloon under legs then over the next person’s head until it reaches the first person in the line. The winning team is the first to hold their balloon up at the front of the line.
6. KEEP IT MOVING
A classic balloon game perfect for indoors for one or more children, with the aim to simply keep the balloon in the air and not let it touch the ground. Be sure to have adequate space, free from fragile items and tripping hazards. This is a great game to play to loud, hilarious party music.
7. BALLOON & SPOON RACE
Great game for two or more kids and ideal for outdoors, this game is much like the traditional egg and spoon race, but instead using large wooden spoons and balloons. The kids are to balance their balloon on their spoon and be the first to make it to the finish line, but if it drops to the ground or bursts, they must return to the start and try again.
8. BALLOON PEOPLE
Have a mix of balloon colours, some markers and stickers and have kids decorate their balloons by adding faces. It can help to sticky tape the balloon to the table to keep it in place. You may even want to create little paper feet and hands to stick on, but remind them to be gentle. Keep spare balloons on hand for accidental bursts.
9. BALLOON POWER
Add a bit of science to balloon play, introducing kids to some basic motion activities. Great for solo play and teaching young kids about cause and effect. Get a light ball such as a ping pong ball or similar light rolling toy. Have it sitting on a smooth flat surface, blow up the balloon, then release the air, using it to propel the ball or toy. You may even want to have races using balloon air to power the toy across a line.
10. BALLOON PAINTING
For some messy, sensory fun, get out the kid-friendly paints and some sheets of paper. Blow up a few balloons only partly and show the kids how to use the balloons to create a painting, dipping the balloons in the paint and using them to make circular shapes in different colours.
Balloons are so much fun, so ridiculously cheap and ensure you minutes of fun while you have a relaxing cup of coffee, supervise and hopefully join in some of the balloon games yourself!
Balloon Games – Tips for Parents and Carers
- Not all balloons are created equal. Certain games will work better, and for longer, if you have better quality balloons.
- Some balloons contain latex, so keep this in mind if anyone who may come into contact with the balloon has a latex allergy.
- Balloons come in a variety of sizes, colours and shapes. There are also balloons which have specific uses e.g. Water balloons, balloons for helium, balloons for twisting etc, so make sure you buy the right type.
- If you are having trouble tying off balloons, there are a variety of ties and clips which can be used. These can be purchased from most party supply stores, supermarkets or discount stores.
- If you have a security system with sensors inside, make sure you ‘lock up’ your balloons when you turn on the alarm, as movement could set off the alarm.
- Due to the nature of balloons, there is always a very small chance of suffocation with smaller children. Always supervise young children when they are blowing up balloons and discard popped balloons immediately.
- Balloons can also pose a danger to wildlife. If using balloons outside, dispose of balloons and balloon fragments safely and immediately following use.
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