Growing up water balloons were a summer must have. We spent so many hours playing different 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. Whether you’re looking for water balloon games to play for an end of the year part, summer camp, family reunion or just lazy summer days at home, you’re sure to find some fun water balloon activities in this massive collection.
Water Balloon Games 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! Trust me when I say it’s totally worth it to buy easy fill water balloons (affiliate). Just remember to use them right after you fill them. We learned that the hard way!
Water Balloon Parachute: Make your own water balloon parachute. Then test it out.
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 (Site no longer active. Try this YouTube tutorial instead.). 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!
Practice name recognition with this name game for preschoolers.
Practice sight words with water balloons with this video idea from No Time for Flash Cards.
Help big kids learn their doubles math facts with this game.
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
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. What are your favorite water balloon games for kids?