Water Balloon Popping Fun

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
  • Transition
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 
20minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Catch
  • Strike
  • Throw
Objective: 

Participants play one or more water balloon games. Perfect for a hot summer day!
Other Skills:
Coordination

Equipment: 

Water balloons
Optional: Parachute
Optional: Plastic baseball bat, hoops/bases/cones
Bathing suits or clothes that participants can get wet
Sunscreen!

Set Up: 

Have the water balloons prepared.
Have the other equipment prepared for the activities. Please see the step-by-step section for equipment required for each activity.

Step by Step: 

Water Balloon Toss and Catch

  1. Divide participants into pairs or groups of 3.
  2. Have participants stand a couple metres apart.
  3. They toss the water balloon back and forth.
  4. Participants are trying to get the water balloon to pop when the other participant catches it.
  5. They can stand further and further apart after each catch.
  6. Give each pair or group multiple water balloons to use.

Water Balloon Parachute

  1. Have a big parachute and a bunch of water balloons prepared.
  2. Put the water balloons on top of the parachute.
  3. Each participant will hold a side to the parachute.
  4. On the count of the 3, they will lift the parachute in the air so the water balloons fly in the air as well.
  5. Participants are trying to get the water balloons away from them and towards other participants.
  6. Have a few participants stand on the outside of the parachute, and they try to catch any water balloons that are hit off the parachute. 
  7. Make teams, and each participant on the outside is part of a different team. Every time they catch a water balloon, their team gets a point.

Water Balloon Baseball

  1. Have A LOT of water balloons prepared.
  2. Divide participants into teams of 3-4 participants.
  3. Set up the bases (hoops/cones) like a baseball diamond.
  4. The leader will be the pitcher.
  5. One team will bat at a time.
  6. Each participant will get 2-3 water balloons thrown to them.
  7. If they hit and pop both, then they get a double and run to the second base. 
  8. If they hit one balloon, they run to first base.
  9. If the first participant gets to second base and the next participant on their team gets a double, then the first participant runs home.
  10. After all of the participants have gone up to bat, then the next team goes.
  11. Play so each group gets the same amount of turns.
Safety Considerations: 

Toss and Catch: Remind participants to not whip the water balloon at the participants when passing the water balloon to them.
Water Balloon Baseball: Ensure that participants are not standing close to the participant that is batting.
Remove any obstacles or safety hazard from the area.

Adaptations (General): 

Toss and Catch: Have participants get into groups and have two or more water balloons being thrown at the same time.
Parachute: Have water balloons and balls on the parachute. Participants try to knock off the balls or balloons, depending on the task and if there are teams.
Baseball: Participants are on two teams. Every time a participant misses a water balloon, it could be an out. 

Source: 

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