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Saturday
May102014

20 of the BEST Water Balloon Games

The past couple of years, I have written about Water Balloon Games for Kids, and this year I'm putting together my best list yet! Whether you need a water balloon game for summer camp, field day or just a lazy summer day, I hope you'll find something here that you like!

 

After searching high and low for some of the best water balloon games, here are my top picks:

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) Paint with Water Balloons - My kids and I have used balloons for painting and the results were absolutely beautiful. Our balloons were filled with air, but adding weight and movement with water balloons is a completly new sensory experience for kids, and you'll be surprised at how beautiful the results can be.

3) Water Balloon Number Target Practice - Combine number recognition review and water balloons for a fun, easy and educational summer game. Read more at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.

4) Balloon Roll - For this game, you have to keep your water balloon on the ground.  The child that rolls their water balloon the farthest, and does not pop it, wins!

5) 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. 
 

6) For older kids and teens, Water Balloon Darts can be a fun activity. Just prop up the balloons on a target, give each one a value (20 points, 40, points, 60, points, 80 points and 100 points.) See who can accumulate the most points for each balloon they hit.

7) Angry Bird Inspired Water Balloon Game - "Inspired by the mega popular video game Angry Birds this takes the game outside into the sun for fun all summer long." Read more at No Time for Flash Cards.

8) Water Balloon Relay Race - Set out one chair for each team and place a water balloon in the seat. Then, players take turns running to the chair, and sitting on the balloon till it pops. After they pop the balloon, they run and tag the next player. (You will need to put a new balloon in after each one is popped.) The first team to pop all their balloons and cross the finish line wins.

9) Water Balloon Sight Word Toss - It's really simple to help reinforce sight words while playing a water balloon toss game. Learn more at Royal Balloo.

10) Water Balloon Pinatas - Hang balloons from your monkey bars or clothes line. Let the kids take turns hitting the "pinatas."

11) How Far Can You Go? See who can throw their water balloon the farthest.  The kid who gets their's the farthest WITHOUT POPPING it, wins!

12) The Water Balloon Challenge is a water game for youth groups – one that’s designed to make a big splash! 

13) 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.

14) Splash and Score Baseball -  Kids can test their aim and douse their opponent at the same time with this water balloon game of throwing and blocking skills.

15) Water Balloon Spoon Races -Use a plastic serving spoon or a wooden spoon for this simple summer game. 

16) Fill the Bucket - This is a great team game perfect for a kid's group or camp.  Each team uses water balloons to fill up a bucket.  Whichever team fills the bucket first wins!  

17) Water Balloon YoYo - Cut a rubberband in half.  Then, attach the rubber band to the water balloon.  The kids have to yo-yo them up and down until the last one with their balloon in tact wins!

18) Water Balloon Tag - Whoever is “it” carries the water balloon. If you get hit and the balloon breaks then, “Tag you’re it!

19) Even preschoolers can have fun filling 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 it is the winner!

20) Water Balloon Obstacle Course 

21) Pop the Sharks - Draw a simple shark face on about 10 water balloons. Then, fill a kiddie pool with water and add the balloons. Give each child 15 seconds in the pool, and whoever pops the most sharks wins.

22) If you have 8 or more kids, find two sheets or table cloths for a Group Catapult.  Have each child hold a corner (4 kids per sheet). Then, throw a water balloon onto the first sheet and have the 1st team try to propel it over to the 2nd teams table cloth. This video shows how it's done.

23) And, finally....everyone loves a 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!

Did you know that the largest water balloon fight consisted of 8,957 participants and was achieved by Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky in 2011? A total of 175,141 water balloons were used during the fight. source  

I can't even imagine filling up that many water balloons. But, last year we found a really cool product that made it so easy to make & tie water balloons that my 5 year old was doing it all by himself.  Take a look:

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Learn more about the Imperial Toy Kaos Portable Pumping Station, here.

 

Tuesday
May062014

My Little Sister: The Beekeeper

If there was one word to describe my little sister, it would be "passionate." When she firmly believes in something, you know about it. She doesn't care if you agree with her and she's more than happy to beat to a different drum if it means doing the right thing. 

Now in her second year of backyard beekeeping, she is, once again, showing everyone how passionate she is. When she told us she wanted to become a backyard beekeeper, we weren't quite sure how it would turn out. "You have little kids" we said. What will your neighbors think? Are you sure you want to do this?

She did it. After reading about the decline of bees throughout America, she realized she could help. She knew that if more people decided to become backyard beekeepers, collectively, they could make a difference. It hasn't been without challenges. There has been hours of reading, building hives, gaining insight from mentors, joining Philadelphia area beekeeping groups, and learning all that she could about honey bees.

Being a backyard beekeeper requires a commitment. A honeybee hive is perennial which means that although quite inactive during the winter, the honeybees live through the winter months by clustering for warmth in anticipation of spring. My sister has learned that maintaining a healthy hive isn't always easy, but seeing them flourish is a reward in itself.

This spring and summer, I will be sharing stories and updates about these adventures in beekeeping.  I am also very happy that my older sister has joined in the adventures as well.  There are now two backyard hives (in our family) that will be helping the local farms, orchards and vegetable gardens throughout the Philadelphia suburbs.

Thanks to all the local beekeepers who are working to make our world a better place! 

Sunday
May042014

Win a Safety 1st Genesis Digital Color Video Monitor!

 

I remember the excitement of shopping for baby products during my first pregnancy. I'd stroll through the isles and think about having a baby of my own in those strollers, beds, and baths. Now that my eldest is 8 years old, I truly feel like a veteran mom, but I still get excited hearing about friends who are preparing to bring their first baby home. Those last few months of pregnancy can be a wild combination of magical and stressful, and the end result is life-changing!

Mother's Day is almost here and my friends at Safety 1st are thinking about all the moms out there. On their behalf, I'm sharing some of Safety 1st products that make mom’s life a bit easier and I have a very special giveaway too!

The Safety 1st Custom Care Modular Bathing Solution is the only infant to toddler bathing solution on the market! The ergonomic design adapts to your growing baby and eliminates the need for multiple tubs. Three easy to change positions promote physical closeness to your baby and proper support. Positions fit the newborn, infant recline and toddler stages.

It's amazing how much technology has changed since I had my first son. I wish I had a Safety 1st Genesis Digital Color Video Monitor when he was little. Using the remote controlled camera, parents are able to pan, tilt and zoom to get the best view of their child. It is also equipped with a special Talk Back function allowing parents to soothe baby. This would have been a lifesaver when my sons were infants!

If you know me, you know that I'm serious about car seats.  The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air +  convertible car seat ensures your child is safe from 5-65 pounds, and, it meets the new requirements for the new 65 Pound LATCH rule, which is so important!

Whether you're bringing home your 1st baby or your 5th, it's always good to know about modern essentials for motherhood. My friends at Safety 1st want you to have a wonderful Mother's Day, and they have offered to give one of my lucky U.S. readers a new Genesis Digital Color Video Monitor. Enter using the rafflecoper widget below & Good Luck!

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Sunday
May042014

50% off Mabel's Labels - May 4th only!

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I don't post too many deals here, buy this one is too good not to mention. I snagged the 50% off Mabel's Label deal the last time they offered it and I'm so glad I ordered them when I did.  I especially love these labels for my kids' pricey sports gear. I personalized my labels with our last name and phone number, which would make it easy for anyone to contact us if they find something one of my kids lost.
So, on May 4th, 2014, in honor of the Star Wars Trilogy, Mabel's Labels is offering 50% Off Robot, Rocket, Princess and Star Sticky Labels  today only from 10am EST until 11:59pm EST. IF you've been thinking of getting labels, this is a great deal!

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