Water Balloon Games for Kids

Somehow my daughter made it to the age of four without ever playing with water balloons. We’re going to remedy that this summer! After I tossed a pack of water balloons into our cart at the store recently and told her what they were, her eyes sparkled with excitement. I know she’s going to love them, so I want to have a lot of ideas to keep us playing throughout the summer.

Today for the Discover & Explore Backyard Games theme I’m sharing some fun ways to play with water balloons.  These are just a few of the ideas that come to mind when I think of water balloon games, but I would love to hear some more more suggestions in the comments.

50+ Water Balloon Play Ideas for Kids

Explore: Give kids (especially younger kids and those who’ve never used water balloons) some time to freely explore filled water balloons. They’ll probably have more fun than you might think just playing with them for a while. They might:

  • Feel the surface of the balloon
  • Compare the weight of a balloon full of water and a balloon full of air
  • Push on the balloon to see how it changes shape slightly
  • Try to carry them around
  • See what happens when you drop them

Fill It Up: Let the kids help you fill up the balloons and turn it into a game. You could:

  • Set a timer and see how many balloons each kid could fill up in a certain time frame
  • See who can fill the largest balloon without popping it.

Catch: Try many variations of catch. Kids could:

  • Toss the balloon into the air and try to catch it themselves
  • Play catch with a friend
  • Play hot potato with a group
  • Put soap or shaving cream on their hands and try to play catch


Water Balloon Yo-Yo: Make a simple yo-yo from Preschool Alphabet. I bet my kids will have a lot of fun trying these out!

Water Balloon Hunt: Hide water balloons like an Easter egg hunt. See how many each person can find and place in their buckets without breaking them

Water Balloon Fight: Of course there will be a water balloon fight at some point!

Balloon Drop: Experiment with dropping balloons from different heights. See what kind of splatter patterns they make on the ground.

Water Balloon Launcher: Make this DIY balloon launcher  featured on Waterworks Canada. Use it for play or try to see who can launch a water balloon the longest distance.

Water Balloon Painting: Use water balloon with paint in them to make a large mural and enjoy a little active play at the same time.  For a great visual example, check out this paint and play post from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

Play Water Balloon Sports: Use water balloons instead of balls to play your favorite sports. Try water balloon basketball, volley ball, or this water balloon baseball idea from Spoonful.

Experiments: You know we love our science experiments, so I can’t wait to try these water balloon experiments from Train Up a Child. All three of them look awesome, but I think we’ll have to try the water balloon eruptions experiment first!

Play and Learn: Add a little learning to playtime with these water balloon math ideas from No Time for Flashcards or this water balloon number target practice from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.

If you are still looking for more water balloon inspiration, check out these collections of water balloon games and play ideas.

Super Fun Water Balloon Games from Family Fun in Omaha

15 Water Balloon Games from Posh Sitting

Now we’d love for you to share how you

Discover & Explore: Backyard Games!

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  1. These are great ideas one of my favourites is to play catch but rather than using your hands to catch the water balloon you use a paper plate, this makes the game harder but a lot more fun, try it! 🙂

    • Shaunna says:

      Oooh, that is a fun idea, Molly! A great way to keep it challenging for older kids (and grown-ups, too!). Thanks for sharing!

  2. So many fun ideas here! I’m featuring this on this week’s Sunday Showcase – thanks for sharing with us.

  3. So many creative, fun ideas!! can’t wait for our weather to warm up enough to try some =)

    I featured this at TGIF this week {http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/06/tgif-linky-party-79.html} Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity with the rest of us! I hope to see you linked up again later this week!

    Have a great weekend,
    Beth =)

  4. Such a fabulous post!!! Thanks so much for putting together this great collection! AND… Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Fridays over at SunScholars. I am featuring you at this week’s link party!!

  5. Great list. We will for sure try some this summer. I will be featuring this on mom’s library on iGameMom. http://wp.me/p2t50R-1B9 it will be live around 12 mid-night. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Featured you on Mom’s Library this week!

  7. Thank you for sharing our water balloon experiments!

  8. All your fab Northern Hemisphere bloggers really need to stop posting such awesome summer ideas!! I so want a giant water fight right now but it is freezing cold and raining down here!

    • Shaunna says:

      Haha! Now you know how I felt all winter seeing your fun summer posts! I seem to remember a particularly adorable picture of a little one living it up in the paddle pool mid-January when we were freezing. Guess it’s nice to have summer reminders all year long! 🙂

  9. These ideas came at the perfect time. I have been planning a family reunion and was just thinking I needed some fun games to play with water balloons. This post is amazing! Thank you.

    • Shaunna says:

      I’m so glad these ideas are helpful! I hope your family enjoys trying some of these ideas. Have a great reunion!

  10. Love all of your ideas! We are so excited for summer so we can try them all. Thank you also for linking back – I will also add your link to my list! Have a great summer!

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks! Your ideas are great…so glad to be able to share them. I appreciate you adding the link to your list.

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