Balloon Popping Games

If you’re a party host, you should try to find a variety of games that you guests will find both fun and entertaining. Of course, if you are working on a budget, you need to make sure the supplies you need for your game do not cost too much. Luckily, there are plenty of fun balloon popping games that both children and adults will love and the cost for supplies is cheap!

1. Darts

Balloon darts is a fun game for both adults and children. You will need a package of balloons, a package of darts, thumbtacks, and a large, thick poster board. Blow the balloons up, tie them and secure them by their “tails” to the poster board using thumbtacks. Make sure you space the balloons out a bit so they are not pushed up against one another.

Stand the poster board up by leaning it against a tree or placing it on a chair. Mark a spot on the ground so everyone knows how far back they need to stand when throwing their darts. Ask your guests to line up and give each person three chances to throw a dart. You can opt to give children more chances if you wish.

Make sure you keep score whenever someone pops a balloon. Tally up the scores when the last balloon pops. The person who popped the most balloons wins the game. If you really want to make things fun, award the winner with some sort of prize. For kids, you may want to have some sort of grab bag full of cheap prizes they can pick from.

For an extra fun and messy activity, consider finding a covered or outdoor spot and fill the balloons with paint!

2. Stomp the Balloon

Stomp the Balloon is yet another hilariously entertaining balloon pop game for both children and adults. For this game, you will need balloons, string, and sidewalk chalk. If you choose to play this game indoors, you will not need the ground chalk. For outdoor play, draw a large circle on the ground to designate as the play arena.

Give each person the same colored balloon. For instance, if you have four children, you can give one child all red balloons, the other all blue, and so on. If you have a large group of children, or adults, you can assign teams. Each team member gets the same color. Once you assign colors to each person or team, blow them up so they are nice and large and tie the balloons around each person’s ankles.

You should have three balloons on one ankle and three balloons on the other for a total of six balloons. Have everyone enter the “battle arena” and instruct them to stomp as many of their opponent’s balloons as possible while protecting their own at the same time. The person or team with the least popped balloons at the end is the winner.

3. Water Balloon Toss

Water balloon toss is a fun outdoor game to play no matter how old you are. It is also a great way to cool down on a hot day. Make sure you let your guests know that you are hosting water games so they can prepare themselves and dress properly. To play this game, you will need water balloons. Split your guests into teams of two and fill enough water balloons so each team has one balloon.

Have team members line up so they are facing one another. Hand a filled water balloon to the players lined up on one side and instruct them to toss the balloon across the way to their team member. To begin with, team members should stand a little more than arm’s distance away from each other. The teams will continue to toss their balloon back and forth, taking a step back from one another between each toss.

As the distance between the teams begins to widen, it will become harder and harder to keep the balloon from breaking. If a team breaks their balloon, they are out of the game. The last team standing with an unbroken balloon is the winner. If guests seem like they are having fun, you can always play a few rounds as long as you have enough water balloons to go around!

Consider playing some party music in the background with a fast tempo they have to match!

4. Water Balloon Piñata

When it comes to water balloon piñata, there are no winners. Instead, everyone gets to have fun and enjoy the game. This game is best suited for children rather than adults. To play this game, you will need at least 12 feet of thick rope, water balloons, and a decent sized stick. Secure the rope between two trees if possible or string it up like a clothes line.

Fill the water balloons – but not too much – and secure them so they hang from the rope. Line children up, hand one the stick and have them take turns whacking a balloon. A good enough whack will pop the balloon and send water splashing down onto the laughing children below. If you have enough trees and string, you can hang several balloons up for even more water fun.

Kids love to hit stuff and get wet! This is sure to be a hit at any party.

5. Water Balloon Crush

Want to watch a bunch of kids stomp around, slip, and get wet? Water balloon crush is a fun party balloon pop game game for kids of all ages! You will need plenty of water balloons and a kiddie pool to play. Fill the water balloons full of water and place them in an empty kiddie pool. Instruct children to stomp on the balloons so they can pop as many as possible. If you choose to play it this way, there is no winner, which makes it a fun game for small children.

If, however, you are playing with older kids, you will need a package of water balloons for each child in attendance. Have children enter the kiddie pool one at a time. Give each child the chance to pop as many balloons as possible in a given amount of time. For instance, you can give each child one minute. Make sure you remove all broken balloons and refill the pool with a package of fresh balloons for each child.

Keep score so you know how many balloons each child broke. The child who managed to break the most balloons in the allotted time is the winner. You may choose to celebrate the winner with a prize , crown, or trophy depending on your budget.

6. Back-to-Back

Back-to-back balloon pop is a fun game for younger children, although older children might find this game fun and competitive. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Have children split off into pairs of two and blow up enough balloons so that each pair has one balloon. Stand the children back to back and place a balloon between them.

Instruct children to squeeze against one another in an attempt to pop their balloon. The trick is that no child is allowed to use their hands. If the balloon falls, the pair will have to begin again. The first pair to break their balloon wins the round. You can continue playing, if you wish, until there only two teams remaining and have them square off together in a balloon pop.

7. Blow Up Balloon Race

The blow up balloon race game is yet another game that is best suited for children rather than adults. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Hand each child a deflated balloon and instruct them to blow up their balloon until it pops. The first person to pop their balloon wins the blow up balloon race.

If you have a large group of children, let them continuing blowing up their balloons until only two children remain. Let the last two children face off against one another to see who can inflate and pop their balloon the fastest. Keep in mind that children may become very winded so it is likely better to avoid this game if you have small children in attendance.

8. Balloon Pop Face-Off

Balloon pop face-off is a great game for younger and older children to play. It requires a large playing area so it is best played outdoors. Split children into two teams such as a red team and a blue team. Hand the red team an inflated red balloon and the blue team an inflated blue balloon. Similar to capture the flag, set a base for each team and have them secure their balloon to their base, such as tied around a tree.

The goal is for one team to try to get to the other team’s base to pop their balloon while protecting their own. This game is a great icebreaker since children must work together. Children can use stealth to sneak to the other team’s base in an attempt to pop their balloon. However, they must also designate at least one person to keep an eye on and protect the balloon that is on their base.

The first team to pop the opposing team’s balloon wins the game. If children appear to like the game, you could always opt for different rounds. For instance, children can play a best out of three or best out of five game. For additional fun, play the game at night with some white Christmas lights to provide minimal lighting so kids can sneak around to the other team’s base in the dark.

9. Hop and Pop

If you are looking for a fun balloon popping game for small children, hop and pop is what you need. You will need enough balloons and enough chairs for each child. Secure one balloon to each chair using string and tape if necessary. Instruct children to stand with their back to the chair as though they are about to sit down.

Tell children to sit on their chairs to try to pop their balloon without using their hands. Children may have to wiggle and squirm to get their balloon to pop so they can use their hands to steady themselves. However, children should not try to pop the balloon with their hands or pull themselves down onto the balloon. The first child to pop their balloon wins.

10. Treasure Hunt

Kids are sure to enjoy this balloon treasure hunt. For this game, you will need plenty of balloons and a few packages of candy or other small treats of your choosing that will fit inside of a balloon. Place a couple of treats inside of each balloon and blow them up. Make sure you do no blow them up too large since you will need to hide them.

Hide the balloons in various places inside and outside if the weather permits. Instruct children to find the hidden balloons and pop them so they can claim their treasure. Keep tally of what child finds and pops the most balloons if you wish to declare a winner. If you have smaller children playing, every child is a winner since each child will have the reward of receiving candy.

11. Pin the Diaper

Pin the diaper is a fun game to play for a baby shower for both men and women. Supplies you will need to play this game include enough balloons, cloth diapers, and blind folds so each person has one, and plenty of safety pins. Blow up the balloons and hand one to each guest in attendance. Give each guest a few safety pins and a cloth diaper, too.

Instruct guests to tie a blindfold around their eyes. Once their blindfolds are in place, ask them to pin the diaper on the “baby,” which is the balloon in this case. If a person pops their balloon, they are out of the game. The first person to secure the diaper to the balloon without popping it wins the game!

Each of the games mentioned above will keep your guests laughing and entertained. In return, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a great party host without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, there are plenty of other fun balloon popping games you can play as long as you have the imagination to do so.

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13 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids of All Ages

When it comes to the great outdoors, there’s plenty of games that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, and in some instances, even the parents! Playing outdoor games is a great way to get your kids out of the house. Besides all the fun they will have, there are also a ton of proven benefits associated with outdoor games.

Playing outdoors ensures our children are getting the necessary amount of exercise, and helps develop the muscles and coordination of children as a result. Best of all, engaging in outdoor games allows for the development of other important life skills, such as social interaction.

In this regard, we look at some outdoor games that have become popular with children. Some games are more classic, while others have been introduced quite recently.

List of Outdoor Games for Kids

Potato Sack Race

We begin the list with an instant classic, one of the best outdoor games for kids, that was first introduced back in the 1800s, also known as ‘gunny races,’ potato sack races become the main attraction at many a carnival. They say a classic never dies, and this is true for the much beloved potato sack race.

The game can be played with a minimum of two players, the maximum is completely up to you. The players line up while standing in potato sacks, and upon the blow of the whistles, hop their way across the finish line!

If you don’t have any potato sacks, the pillow cases will do. If you want to make this a family tradition, perhaps consider purchasing burlap sacks for this very purpose!

A fun-filled outdoor game that even adults can join in with.

Balloon Volleyball

We’re all familiar with the game of volleyball, and while a real of volleyball poses certain safety risks for young children, Balloon Volleyball is a much more laid back affair.

All that is needed for a game of Balloon Volleyball are some balloons and a piece of string. To play: players lie on their backs and kick a loose balloon back and forth over a line of string pulled tight as the “net”. Should the balloon touch the ground, the other player is awarded a point, much like regular volley ball.

If you don’t happen to have any string, then a row of toys or a sheet makes a great alternative.

Also consider playing this with a group! You can find giant balloons online here, and use of these on a much larger playing field outside!

Outdoor Games for Kids: Boochie

Boochie is game that takes elements from a series of different ball games, and combines them into one action-packed game that provides hours of fun for adults and children alike.

The Boochie set comes complete with 4 rings, 4 bean balls, 4 wrist trackers and 1 twelve-sided Boochie ball, and all of this can be transported within the carry bag included.

Boochie turns the world of ball games on its head, by offer children a series of fun throwing challenges that’s guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours due to the variety of different games available.

Hide and Seek

As well as being a tried-and-tested classic, Hide and Seek requires no upfront investment whatsoever. All you need is somewhere with plenty of places to hide! Days out in the park can become much more enjoyable with a simple game of hide and seek, as children just love hiding from others.

In case you aren’t familiar or need a refresher, in order to play one player must cover their eyes and count up to a specific number. Consider counting for longer with littler kids who might take a minute to find a spot. Once the number has been reached, the counter must then go and seek out the others. If you want to mix up things a little, you can instill a ‘home base’ which can people can retreat to if they feel they have been hiding for too long.

If you plan to play this game outside, make sure to set clear boundaries with your children so they understand how far they are allowed to go. This game may be innocent and have low risk, but it is always better to be careful if you are in a public place to ensure your children’s safety.

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Kick the Can

If the kids have enjoyed a good game of hide and seek and are looking to take things to the next level, then why not consider a game of Kick the Can?

All that is required for a game of Kick the Can is a can, bucket or anything that can effectively be kicked over. A holding pen is then designated for all the captured players to be held.

Like Hide and Seek, a player is allocated as ‘it’ and must cover their eyes and count while their friends seek out hiding places. However, when players are captured, they are placed within the holding pen. If one of the un-captured players are able to kick the can that is placed in the middle of the play area, then all captured players are released.

The game is over when all those hiding have been placed into the holding pen. If you wanted to add another level of complexity to this game, consider dividing the children in half and playing with teams! This can help even the odds if you are playing with a wide age range of chidren.

Swingball

Although a staple in many homes, there are those who may not be aware of how much fun Swingball actually is. You may be asking yourself how much fun can a ball a string really be, but many families turn to Swingball for some much-need respite and bonding time.

Whether there’s only one of you, or ten of you, a simple game of Swingball is not only energetic, but helps fill an otherwise mundane weekend. This is a game easily stored in your garage or backyard, and helps get you and your kids out of the house!

Lawn Scrabble

Scrabble is a popular word game that’s been part of many get social gatherings and Christmas celebrations. Playing the game on the lawn could prove to be troublesome, due to the uneven surface and the size of the playing pieces. However, if you’re still keen to inject some learning while the children are outside, then why not play ‘Lawn Scrabble.’

All that is needed for a game of Lawn Scrabble is some large pieces of cardboard and some marker pens to make up your letter pieces. Once complete, simply turn the lawn into a giant Scrabble play area, using the same rules as its smaller counterpart.

Not only is Lawn Scrabble a lot of fun, but it’s also very cost-effective.

Klutz DIY Piñata

Although piñatas are built for destruction, that doesn’t stop them being a lot of fun, especially for children. Often a staple of children’s birthday parties, piñatas can also be used to entertain children at a loose end while out in the garden or park.

Klutz Piñata Kit Maker not only allows children to enjoy a game of piñata when the fancy takes them, but they can also decorate them to their own specifications. If you have a birthday party coming up, why not ask the children to help you with the making of the piñatas’.

Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light is one of those games that’s so simple, anyone can pick it up. Children stand behind a starting line, and another child will stand about 30 feet in front of them, with their back turned. They will then be responsible for shouting out two commands, one being red light, the other green light.

Like the traffic lights that inspired the game, the children at the starting line must respond to these signals. So when green light is shouted, the children must try and tag the child shouting the commands. However, as soon as the child shouts red light, all children must stop. The child will then turn around, and if they catch anyone moving, that child will be sent back to the starting line.

Red Light, Green Light is a true test of nerves as well as a game that really raises the excitement level. Trying to reach the child before the stop signal is announced can really get the blood pumping, adding to the fun factor of the game. This makes for a classic outdoor game, a game that needs lots of room to move around!

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Mabua Ring Toss Game

Ring toss games have always been enjoyable, whether you play them at the fun fair, or at home. Finding things for children to do while exploring the outside world can be challenging, especially if you’ve exhausted other avenues. However, the Mabua Ring Toss Game is a fully mobile bundle of fun that will keep the children entertained for hours.

Complete with its own carry-case, the Mabua Ring Toss Game can be transported to a number of outdoor venues. So whether you’ve a weekend of camping ahead, or lazy Sunday in the garden with the family, the Mabua Ring Toss Game is a great investment that will ensure you’re never at a loose end while enjoying the great outdoors.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a game that has been enjoyed by almost every generation. While today’s world is filled with a number of entertainment channels, it can be hard to believe that such a simple game can still be enjoyed by children. The fact is that many children love a game of hopscotch, and it all it takes is some creativity.

If you have a paved area in the back garden, then your child can create a hopscotch playing area with some chalk, which can be easily washed away afterwards. Similarly, if you’re looking to play the game in the back garden, you may want to create a play area by investing in a hopscotch play mat.

The basic rules behind hopscotch is that an object, such as a small stone, or beanbag, is aimed towards the number 1 grid in the play area. The player must then hop through the squares, ensuring they do not miss any or step on any lines. On the way back the player retrieves the object and then passes it to the next player. On the next turn, the child would aim for the number 2 on the grid, and simply repeat the process.

The other reason that hopscotch is so popular is the fact that the play area can be fully customized as you see fit. So a game of hopscotch can be as easy or as challenging as a child wants it. Different playing areas allow for a series of different outcomes.

Get the kids outside the house and jumping around! Hopscotch is a sure way to burn off any extra energy they may have!

Air Scoop Ball 

Ball games are always a popular choice for keeping children entertained while they’re outside, but sometimes the same old ball games can become monotonous. Fortunately, the Air Scoop Ball play set allows children to enjoy the excitement of catching a serving a ball, while improving their hand-to-eye co-ordination.

The Fun Air Scoop Ball set is a set that only requires a small investment. It can be used for a number of outdoor activities. So regardless of whether you’re visiting the beach, or playing the back garden, this fun little set will provide players with hours of fun.

Simon Says

What could be more fun for a kid than telling other children what to do? This alone could be why the game Simon Says is played globally and enjoyed by children of all ages. Some may not have experienced the game yet. Seeing as the game can be played without spending a dollar, it’s certainly worth considering. If you’re looking for some inspiration for outdoor games this is a solid option.

A selected child will issue a set of requests to the other children, such as ‘put your hands on your heads’ or ‘touch your nose.’ However, the demands must be started with ‘Simon says’ otherwise any requests carried out will mean that child is out of the game.

This is a game that’s not only fun, but actually promotes how children process information before they act on it, really giving their brains a workout in the process.

KanJam

KanJam was first introduced as Garbage Pail Frisbee in the 80s, but fear not, the game has been cleaned up a lot since its first guide. Now known as KanJam, the aim of the game is to aim your Frisbee into the can of your opponent, while trying to defect any Frisbees aiming towards your can.

KanJam can require a slightly larger space to be played, so if you’re planning a day out in the park or on the beach, then this can be the ideal travel companion to ensure boredom is kept at bay.

While Kanjam is slightly more expensive than some of the other games available, the price is reflected in the quality of the product. The tins are highly durable, so there’s very little chance of the cans being damaged in the first one or two games.

Final Thoughts

These are just a mere selection of the many outdoor games for kids available. Most of these games require very little investment. Little by little, it won’t be long before you have a vast selection of outdoor games in your arsenal. Its the little games like these that make vacations, reunions, and trips to the grandparents house memorable.

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