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B2-5 Balloon Games

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Aim: Well-designed games with challenging physical activity can build a foundation in children for health and well-being. The following fun games use balloons to promote gentle, fun physical movement, which will enable the children to get to know each other better and build trust and a desire to work together Introduction: Fun and easy balloon games Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack, Body B-2-5


Activity 1
Water balloons / bombs

Activity 2
• 3 Balloons per team (coloured balloons or marker pen to denote team)
• Obstacles and string to mark out course.
• 2 x brooms
• Piece of string

Activity 3
• Equal number of coloured beads
• Equal number of coloured balloons

Activity 4
• Balloons: 1 per person and spares

Activity 5
• Balloons for each player
• Chairs / markers for layout of course


Activity 1 - Water Balloon Toss

Aim: Coordination, teamwork, fun.

Fill water balloons (not too full).

• Fill up to 50 water balloons, depending on the number of children.
• Place them in large buckets.
• Divide children into pairs, standing in a line and facing each other,
• The children begin by tossing a water balloon back and forth, taking a step backward with each toss.
• if the balloon pops, that pair is out.
• The last pair with an intact balloon wins.

Extension Tasks / Adaptations:
Can easily be played outdoors, or indoors balloons swapped for tennis balls or bean bags etc

Activity 2 - Round Up The Herd

Aim: Coordination and teamwork.

• Laying out course to be used
• Blowing up balloons

• Set up an obstacle course using boxes, chairs, bushes, trees, etc.
• Mark the path of your obstacle course with string.
• Divide the children into two teams and line up both teams at the starting line.
• Give the first person in each team a broom and three balloons. (Be sure to use different coloured balloons for each team).
• They must use the broom to herd their wild ponies (balloons) through the course and back to the start.
• The next player then herds their balloons through the entire course and back to the start to complete their turn.
• The first team to finish the course wins!
• If a balloon pops during a player’s turn, they must take a new balloon to the starting line and begin again.

Tips / Advice:
Try to keep initial course small so each team member gets a turn at short interval.

Activity 3 - Balloons and Beads

Aim: Coordination and teamwork.

• Filling and inflating balloons
• Placing balloons around the area in use

• Fill 20-30 balloons with two to four beads each and hide the filled balloons around the game area or hall.
• Divide the children into pairs.
• Each team must find as many balloons as they can, pop them by themselves, and return with their beads. The team with the most beads at the end of the game is the winner.
• The teams can be allocated certain balloon colours they can and can’t pop.
• The teams can be allocated certain bead colours they can’t collect.

Activity 4 - Balloon Bop

• Inflating balloons or passing out balloons to be inflated.
• Numbering the group between 1 - 4

• Form children into a circle with a leader in the middle with a balloon.
• The leader calls out a child’s name and a body part (e.g. Tim, Foot) and the child moves to the centre of the circle and uses the body part to keep the balloon in play. The body parts that can be used are: hands, feet. knees, elbows and head.
• Players who use the wrong body part or let the balloon fall to the ground are out
• The last player standing with the balloon in play is the winner.

Activity 5 - Wild Worm

• Layout of course
• Blowing up balloons

• Group is split into teams.
• Each player has an inflated balloon.
• Teams stand in a line behind the start line.
• Each team member has a balloon between them and the person in front of them.
• The balloon is to be kept in place by each person without using their hands.
• The team has to walk around the obstacles in place and complete the course.
• If a team drops a balloon on the floor they have to return to the beginning of the course

Tips / Advice:
The key is short steps and coordinated team work with a group talking to each other throughout the game. This can be explained after the 2nd or 3rd attempt of trying.

Extension Tasks / Adaptations:
The teams could be subdivided into pairs and they could complete the course with a balloon between them. Making it a quicker relay type of game.

For full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack, Body B-2-5


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