Because we don’t have a hose and a water balloon nozzle, this summer staple of fun is not something Travis has enjoyed very often. Cue the water balloon hand pump! Now that I’ve invested in one (from Amazon), there are so many backyard games to play with our little water balloons. And some are even educational!
First: Sort by Color. Purchase a few buckets from a local dollar store in a variety of colors and have your child fill the correct bucket with the correct balloons.
Easy for Travis!
Second: Number Race. I numbered 10 balloons with sharpie and Travis’s job was to move them from one bucket to another in the correct order.
This one involved a few slippery balloons running away before the task was complete.
If two or more kids are playing, make it a race!
Third: Target Game. Now we got a bit messier! I drew a bull’s-eye and we each had three balloons to toss.
The person with the highest score wins, extra points for a big splash!
Travis adored this.
Which led us to…
Fourth: Balloon Toss! You can’t go wrong with this classic. Just toss back and forth and see who gets wet.
It meant lots of exploding balloons and lots of giggles.
Fifth: Relay Race. If you have a group, make it a true relay; balance a balloon on a cup and make it from point A to point B. Since Travis and I were playing just the two of us, we timed ourselves to see who could do it faster.
Sixth: Balloon Sensory Tub. Float a few balloons in a baby bathtub. Even baby sister Veronika got to enjoy a (supervised) feel. Travis loved throwing the balloons into the tub for a big splash, of course!
Seventh: Balloon “Parachute”. Place a few filled balloons on a sheet or large towel and pop them like popcorn.
And with all those games said and done, Travis really just loved splatting them onto the ground for maximum splashy fun!
Add your own favorite water balloon games in the comments!