Water balloons can be a lot of fun for kids of all ages. And best of all they don’t cost a lot of money.
There really are so many different games and activities that you can do in your own backyard or even at the park with water balloons. Check out these cool games for kids of all ages to get some inspirational fun for your water filled balloons.
Water Balloon Piñata Game
Use tree branches, sticks, and even your swing set monkey bars to hang water balloons from. Use string to hang them up and have kids take a whack at the balloons to see who can pop the water all over.
You may have to experiment with the first few balloons to find the ideal filling limit as balloons that are filled more will be easier to break but may be heavier and not stay tied as well.
Water Balloon Catch
This is a classic activity with water balloons but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be a ton of fun.
You can do this in pairs or if you have an odd number of kids, you can have them form a circle or triangle-like figure for passing to everybody. A twist on this game is that players can start out close together and then once they make a catch they take a step back. This makes it harder for older kids as well. The player left standing without breaking a balloon is the winner of the game.
Water Balloon Baseball
Instead of using your basic ball to play baseball, use a water balloon instead. Kids can score points for how many balloons they are able to successfully hit and pop.
For more directions on how to play check out the details at Spoonful.com.
Water Balloon Tag
This is a fun take on a classic game that can be played with kids of all ages.
Choose one person that is “it” to get a water balloon. That person chases the other players and attempts to throw the water balloon at them. If they hit another player and the balloon breaks, that player then becomes “it.” Just make sure you enforce the rule of no throwing at the face for this game.
Water Balloon Dodge Ball
This is another twist on a classic backyard game that is great for playing with water balloons. This game usually works best for older kids who are all around the same age.
Place some water balloons right in the middle of two teams. Start the game and allow the players to run to get the water balloons to throw at the other team. If you get hit with a balloon and it breaks you are out, but if you get hit and it doesn’t break you are still in the game. If you catch a balloon and it doesn’t break the player that threw the balloon is out, but if the balloon does break you are out. The team who still has players at the end wins the game.
Water Balloon Race
For this game you will need plenty of filled water balloons as the point of the game is to try to run a race with the most balloons left at the end.
Have players start with a certain amount of water balloons that they can hold. For example, you may want to start out with 5 year old holding 3 balloons at a time and see if they can successfully run the race with this many and then keep increasing the amount to see who can hold the most during the race.
Water Balloon Roll
For this game you will need a slide or some sort of incline where you can roll the water balloons down to someone waiting at the bottom.
You can choose to roll the balloon down to the different players or kids can take turns rolling the balloons down the slide to see if the other person can stop or catch it without it breaking. This is more of a fun activity for younger kids rather than a competitive game but can still be a lot of fun especially when the balloons keep breaking.
Learning with Water Balloons
There are several different ways that you can play fun learning games with water balloons if you have toddlers or preschoolers.
Some of the games that I have played with my little ones include sorting the balloons by colors and size as well as writing numbers on the balloons and learning numbers as well. Another thing that I have done is to make up a race where I call out a color or a number and then the kids must go find that water balloon that I called out from a bucket of balloons. The firs to bring me the balloon without breaking it wins the game. At the end of the games, we then have fun throwing the balloons or breaking them on the ground.
Water Balloon Stomp
Each kid takes a turn for one minute trying to stomp and break as many water balloons as they can. This usually works best on a hard surface but can also be played on grass as well.
Allow kids to take turns so you can track points or you can just let them have some fun and go crazy stomping on the balloons all at one time.
Water Balloon Basket Catch
This is another twist on your regular game of catch. For this game you will need a large tub or something like a laundry basket to catch the balloons in.
Split the kids up into teams if you have a few of them, or you can be the tosser and each kid gets their own turn at catching. Toss 10 balloons to the child and they have to catch them in the basket or tub. If they catch them but break, it doesn’t count for a point. Add up the points at the end to see who wins the game. To make the game more challenging for older kids, stand farther away and toss the balloons.
What are some your favorite water balloon games to play with your kids?