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25+ Water Balloon Games for Kids

Nothing says summer like water balloon games!  They are cheap, quick, FUN, and a great way to cool off on a warm summer day! Bug if your kids are tired of playing balloon toss, let us help you take your water balloon activities to a new level of summer activities for kids with these fun games to play with water balloons. These fun water balloon games are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students!

Nothing says summer like water balloon games!  They are cheap, quick, FUN, and a great way to cool off on a warm summer day! Bug if your kids are tired of playing balloon toss, let us help you take your water balloon activities to a new level of summer activities for kids with these fun games to play with water balloons. These fun water balloon games are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students!

Water Balloon Games

When I was a kid it took forever to fill all those balloons, but now they have the handy quick fill water balloons where you attach a bundle of 20+ balloons with garden hose fitting and in seconds you are ready to play! YAHOO! And thank goodness because fun water balloon games arethe perfect tool for a summer fun! We have water balloon games for kids for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5 students! So grab some water balloon and you are ready to cool off and make some memories with these things to do with water balloons.

Games to play with water balloons

Games to play with water balloons

These water balloon game ideas are fun for kids of all ages and include both silly activities and even some educational water balloon ideas too!

Water Balloon Hot Potato

This is super simple, basically your group sits in a circle and you pass the balloon around from person to person. When the music stops or the timer beeps whoever is holding the water balloon is out and has to sit on the ballon or pop it over their head. If the water balloon pops during the round, whoever pops it is out. Whoever is left at the end is the winner.

Roll the water Balloon

Everyone will line up on the driveway and roll their water balloon. Whoever rolls the water balloon the farthest wins.

Water Balloon Dodge Ball

THis is a simple water balloon game for kids that is sure delight kids of all ages. Separate the kids into two teams. Give them each a set of water ballons and then, let the kids go at it! Basically, if you get hit by an opposing team member, you’re out. A few years back they had colored water balloons that were awesome because you could clearly see if you had been hit by the blue team as you would have blue on your shirt / skin. But it is just as fun without. If you do use the colored ones, make sure you wear a paint shirt as some brands did stain slightly.

Water Balloon Tag

The person who is it holds a water balloon. They try to hit someone with a water balloon to make them it.

Spoon Races

Kids will race back and forth trying to keep their water balloon on a giant kitchen spoon. For a fun twist, if they make it back they can pop it above the next person’s head or toss it at them.

Water balloon Darts

For this activity you are gonig to make a large dart board with chalk on your drive way, on a poster board with sharpies, or with spray paint on your lawn – you decide. You will make the inner circle worth 50 points. Next right is worth 40, then 30, 20, and 10. Have children stand back and toss the water balloon and see how many pointes they get. Have them add up their score to practice math if you want to sneak in some math practice this summer!

Sit and Pop Relay

Have 2 teams. Student grab a water balloon from their bucket and  run to a waterproof chair (or on the grass / driveway) at the end of the course and sit on the water balloon. When they have popped it they run back and tag the next person in line. THe first team to pop all their balloons wins.

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Water Balloon Pinatas

Hang water balloons with string from swing set or money bars. Now have children use their hands or a bag and swing at the water balloons. You can blindfold older students or let younger kids go nuts – either way this is lots of silly fun that will cool you off on a warm summer day.

Water Balloon Shot Put

Have everyone throw their water balloons and see who can get it the farthest.

Musical Water Balloons

Put water balloons in a circle on the grass or driveway. Children will circle the balloons (one fewer than number of students playing ) when the music is playing. Just like musical chairs, when the music stops, kids will need to find a balloon to sit on. Anyone left without a waterballoon wins!

Toss and Fill

Students will throw water balloons into their bucket to fill the bucket. Whatever team gets to the line on the bucket first wins.

Water Balloon Parachute

Divide up into teams like boys and girls and give each team a towel or sheet depending on the size of your group. Put a water balloon on the sheet that is held around all the edges. Kids will lower and raise the towel quickly to launch the water balloon at the other team who will try to catch it with their towel. If they are successful they will launch it back. If not, the next team will get a new water balloon on their parachute to launch. Silly, active FUN!

Sharks!

Put water balloons in a kiddie pool filled with some water. Draw some shark  faces on them. See what preschooler can pop the most sharks in 30 seconds!

Water Balloon Toss

Choose a partner and stand arms length apart. One person tosses the balloon to the other person and then takes a step backwards. Now the other person tosses it back and steps backwards. If they drop the balloon they are out. The pair the end up the farthest from one another is the winner.

Sight Words Sorting with Water Balloons

Sight Words Sorting with Water Balloons

Put hoola hoops on the drive way and write a word family in chalk in the middle such as “at”. Now use a sharpie to write simple words on the filled water balloons like cat, fat, hat, sat, rat, mat, etc. Children will read the word and identify the word family. If they are correct they toss it into the hoola hoop. Play continues with the next person. See more fun word family activities!

word family activities

Ideas for words to include are:

  • op word family – mop, top, shop, pop
  • ot word family – dot, pot, cot, hot
  • og word family – dog, fog, hog, log
  • ip word family – dip, lip, rip, tip
  • in word family – fin, tin, chin, bin
  • it word family – sit, pit, lit, hit
  • et word family – wet, jet, net, vet
  • en word family – den, pen, ten, hen
  • ed word family – bed, wed, red, fed
  • ug word family – bug, fug, mug, jug
  • ub word family – sun, Nun, bun, run
  • un word family – cub, rub, tub, sub
  • ap word family – map, cap, sap, tap

Water Balloon ABCs

Water Balloon ABCs

Minnie had a balloon for each letter of the alphabet. I would call out a letter and she would find that letter and throw it at Daddy. If your kids already know the letters well try saying a word and having them find the letter it starts will. For example Zebra; your child would find the letter Z.

Another variation for this game if you don’t have a Daddy target is to have your child start by writing all the letters of the alphabet in chalk on the driveway. Now take a water balloon and have them toss it at the letter you say. This is great for letter recognition while having fun!

Yet another option is to write lowercase alphabet letters in chalk on the driveway. Now have students throw balloons with uppercase letters at the correct matching letter.

Sight Word water Balloons

Sight Word water Balloons

This is such a fun way to practice sight words! Write sight words with a sharpie on filled water balloons (see our printable sight words list for age appropriate sight words) . Have your child or student read the sight word. If they get it right they can toss it at you. There are a couple variations of this where you don’t get wet. Once sight words are read correctly have students:

  • throw the water balloon at the word spelled in chalk on the driveway (We write them on the driveway before hand)
  • make a bullseye with chalk and if they read it correctly they score points by hitting different rings on the dart board
  • Have child read word then toss to a friend. They read the word and toss back. Toss back and forth reading each time. Try to see how many times they can read the word before the water balloon breaks!
  • Of if you prefer have students practice writing sight words  on the driveway too. Then they read, match working on visual discrimination, and target the word!

Who said reading isn’t fun!?!?!

Water Balloon Math

Water Balloon Math

This can be played alone or with a group of kids competitvely. Write numbers on the driveway (I like to circle them to make them look more like a target). Out loud I give them a math problem. They indicate their answer out loud and if they are correct they get to toss the water balloon at the answer. They get one point for the correct answer and a 2 point bonus if they hit the target! THis can be done with a variety of elementary math including:

  • number recognition – write numbers 1-20 on the drieway. Tell students the number and see if they can find the correct number
  • number words – tell children the number and see if they can hit the correct number name
  • counting – tell children a number; they throw the balloon in the air and try to count to that number before the balloon goes SPLAT!
  • write addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division equations in chalk circles on the driveway. Tell them the answer and have them hit the equation whose sum / quotient / difference you called.
  • Write numbers on the driveway with circles around them. Say math equations out loud and have them use a water balloon to hit the correct answer

Parts of Speach Game

Parts of Speach Game

Put a hoola hoop on the grass for each parts of speach you are learning – noun, verb, adverb, and adjective. Put the part of speach name on a piece of colored construction paper and  tape it to a kabob skewer. Push the skewer into the grass just inside the hoola hoop. Tell students a word and give it in a sentence. They will toss the balloon into the hoop reflecting the correct part of speech.

For example: tree “The squirel climbed up the tree quickly.” Tree is a noun so studnets would toss the water balloon into the noun hoola hoop space.

Math War

You will need 20 filled water balloons in one color and another 20 water balloons in a different color. Write number 1-10 on a two color set. and give to player #1. We like to have them in buckets with water.Now do the same for the 2nd player.  Have each student stand in a hola hoop about 10 feet from each other.

Now call out a numer from 2-20. Students will pick a balloon out of one bucket and then find the missing addend (also called number bond) so that the water balloon numbers equal the number you called.  When children pick two numbers that equal the sum they show you and if correct they get to throw them at the other player. You can do this one at a time or they can compete to see who can form the number bond the quickest.

Water Balloon Painting

Don’t miss these 6 water balloon painting ideas! These creative ways to paint with water balloons that are outrageously fun!

This balloon painting has got to be the highlight of our summer! This summer craft for kids is the perfect blend of an art project and a summer activity for kids. It is quick and easy to get ready and loads of fun to try this water balloon painting! Plus when you finish this water balloon activity, you will have a fun keepsake of your summer fun. This balloon paint art is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Looking for a FUN summer activity for kids that is educational too? This fun music activity for kids helps kids of all ages learn music notes while having fun with a music notes game that was made for summertime. This water balloon game is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. As they play this music game for kids they will learn music notes for kids! paint and roll summer balloon painting activity for kids balloon painting art project for toddlers

Balloon Craft Ideas

Looking for more fun ways to play with balloons this summer?

Nothing says summer like water balloon games!  They are cheap, quick, FUN, and a great way to cool off on a warm summer day! Bug if your kids are tired of playing balloon toss, let us help you take your water balloon activities to a new level of summer activities for kids with these fun games to play with water balloons. These fun water balloon games are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students! water-balloon-science-experiments Are you ready to make something really cool with your kids? Your children will go nuts over this fun, easy to make Lego Balloon Car. This such a fun physical science experiment to try with preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Ready to build your balloon car? Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE.

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  Bring some beach fun home with this super simple, sand slime. This sand slime recipe is quick and easy to make for your beach theme or a summer activity for preschoolers.  Kids of all ages, from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students will LOVE this beach slime!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! Whether you are having a doctor theme preschool unit, talking about germs, community helper activity, or are just looking for a fun and silly craft for kids, you will love this band aid art project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children. You are going to love this really fun, creative craft for kids! Kids will enjoy exploring the state park or campground with this free printable camping scavenger hunt. This camping scavenger hunt for kids will have children searching for different shaped items such as a flashlight, tent, campfire, and more. This free printable scavenger hunt is fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students as it contains not only the name, but a cute picture too.  Simply download camping scavenger hunt printable pdf file with camping activity for kids in color or black and white and you are ready to play! Looking for a fun, engaging pasta craft? This pretty stained glass pasta project has so many different possibilities to let your children explore their creativity, create something unique and beautiful, and strengthen coordination with those little hands. In this pasta art you will use dyed pasta to creat a beautiful stained glass craft. This stained glass art for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders.

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Tin Foil Art Looking for the best sidewalk chalk paint recipe? We think this sidewalk chalk is perfet because it is super quick, only uses 2-ingredients, and makes such bold, vibrant colors for kids to color with. Use this diy sidewalk chalk paint with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders to let their imaginations SOAR! Let them use the homeamade chalk to create dragons, butterlies, flowers, trees, aliens, and more. Creating and using homemade sidewalk chalk paingit such a fun, simple, and classic summer activity for kids of all ages!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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