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5 Ideas For Water Balloon Games

With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, we need all the cool water activities we can get!  Here are 5 simple water balloon games for kids of all ages:

1) The water balloon version of 'Hot Potato' is a great twist on the original. Get the kids to sit in a circle and start passing around a water balloon.  Start playing some music and then, at random intervals, turn off the music.  Whoever is left holding the water balloon or whoever pops it is the one out.  The last child left in the game is the winner.

2) Keep the music rolling and you can also play a fun game of Musical Water Balloons. Just like musical chairs, you will need 1 less water balloon each round (for instance, 5 players = 4 water balloons).  Gently lay the balloons on the grass. Start playing some music and then have the kids walk in a circluar motion.  At random intervals, turn off the music. When the music stops, the kids need to find a ballon and sit on it.  Whoever is left without a water balloon to sit on is out.  The last child left in the game is the winner.

3) Nothing is better on a hot summer day than Water Balloon Dodge Ball.  Last week, my boys decided that I was the going to play this game with them, even if I was fully dressed.  There are too many serious moments in life, so letting your kids hit you with water balloons can be really fun. 

If you have a group of older kids, you can really get an organized game of dodge ball going.  First, make sure you have a lot of water balloons and a bunch of kids.  Separate the kids into teams and then, let the kids go at it! If you get hit by an opposing team member, you're out. 

4) Even my 3 year old wants to help fill up the water balloons. So, this game idea is simple.  Just let the kids try to fill up the water balloons with the hose.  Whoever can make the biggest balloon without it popping is the winner!

5) Last but not least... the good old fashioned Water Balloon Toss.  Everyone line up and stand across from your partner.  Everyone takes turns tossing the balloon to their partner.  The last team to pop their balloon wins!

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Reader Comments (8)

Oh how brilliant! Right as soon as we have some hot weather we will have to play these games. Nothing more fun than playing with water AND balloons!!

Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty!

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaggy, red ted art
Thank you for link this (and you other 15 ideas post) to the Carnival of Outdoor Play - lovely to have you join in. :)
My kids LOVE water balloons- you have so many fantastic ideas- Thank you for linking this post up to The Sunday Showcase!
August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
Another idea is for gross motor is to see how far they can throw the balloon. Then make a point game and each line is a different amount.
May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBridget
Water balloon volleyball! Two people hold a towel between them and launch a water balloon over the net. Regular volleyball rules apply
May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I never thought of the game nr. 2. Great idea! I shoud try it this summer at cub scouts camp! :)
May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia
Thank you these are great fun ideas now i dont need a moon walk for all these kids just 100 balloons lol
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbday girl mom
yeah hot pataio really works but when your camping you need a portable radio
June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

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