Balloons never go out of style, do they? You’ll see them at nearly any birthday party and there’s a reason for that: kids love them! There’s no reason to spend a lot of money trying to entertain the kids at a birthday party when they’ll have just as much fun playing balloon games. Here is a small list of balloon games kids of any age will enjoy.
Line kids up in two lines to form two teams. Say “go” or blow a whistle to announce the beginning of the game. The first child in each line runs to an area where there are two trash bags full of balloons. Each child takes one balloon and pops it by stomping it, sitting on it, squeezing it or by another means. When the balloon pops that child runs back to the line, tags the next player, then goes to the end of the line. The first team to pop all their balloons is the winning team.
There’s another balloon game that’s a whole lot of fun but will require many balloons. The best ones for this game are small ones. Cover the floor with balloons. There should be at least 8 to 10 balloons for each child. Announce the beginning of the game then sit back and crack up as you watch the kids try to pick up as many balloons as possible. They can hold the balloons in their hands, between their legs, under their arms – even in their teeth! Decide on an amount of time, and when the game is over, the child (or children) holding the most balloons is the winner.
Get the kids on the move when you have them stand in a circle but step forward every time their names are called. An adult starts this game by throwing a large balloon in the air then naming a child and a body part (hand, foot, hip, knee, elbow, etc). The child called must hit the balloon with the named body part to continue. This child, after hitting the balloon, names another child and body part. This game moves quickly, but if the balloon lands on the floor, that child is out. The game begins again with the adult tossing the balloon and naming the next child. The last child standing is the winner. It might be necessary to call more than one winner if the last remaining players are just too good to lose.
Play something similar with smaller kids. The adult begins the game by tossing the ball in the air and naming one child. That child must catch the balloon or be counted out. If the child catches the balloon he or she will throw it in the air and call the next child. If a child misses, he’s out, and the adult starts the game again.
Blow up large balloons and draw a different picture or design on each one. The designs can be simple, such as “x’s” all the way around the middle or large dots of various colors. This way, each child can keep up with his own balloon. When the game starts each child throws his ball in the air. He must continue bopping the balloon to keep it off the floor. As a balloon hits the floor that child takes his balloon and leaves the game. The last person with his balloon in the air wins.