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These fun water games would be great at a beach party or pool party (make sure you clean up the balloons though!).
When playing water balloon games, remember that water balloons are lots of fun but they pack a powerful punch! For younger children, use sponges instead when throwing at people.
Important: Make sure that all pieces of broken water balloons are picked up after the games! They are a choking hazard if children are present.
Hula Hoop Water Balloon Toss – You’ll need a hula hoop and a supply of filled water balloons. One person holds a hula hoop and the players take turns tossing the water balloons through the hoop.
Leaking Balloon Toss - You'll need a filled water balloon that has a hole poked in it by a safety pin (make up a supply to play the game over and over…). This game is somewhat like Hot Potato. Players stand in a circle and toss the balloon around. Try to not be holding the balloon when it runs out of water!
Musical Water Balloon Toss – You’ll need a supply of water balloons. Have players play catch with the balloons. Once one breaks, don’t give the players anymore unless they sing a song for you (if a birthday party, have them sing happy birthday). Have some different songs, nursery rhymes, etc. in mind to request that they perform for you. Every time they sing a song, give them a balloon.
Sponge Tag – You’ll need a supply of wet sponges. Select one player to be “It”. On “Go”, “It” tries to tag other players by throwing a wet sponge at them.
Towel Catch Water Balloon Game - You’ll need a towel for every two players and a supply of filled water balloons. Divide players into teams of four, with every two players getting a towel. Have one pair of players use their towel to launch a water balloon in the air. The other pair of players must run and catch the water balloon with their towel. The team to catch the most balloons without breaking them wins.
Water Balloon Dodge Ball - You’ll need a supply of filled water balloons. Divide players into two teams on opposite sides of a line. Give each team a supply of water balloons. On “Go”, players try to hit members of the other team with water balloons. If you are hit with a water balloon you are out. Last one standing wins!
Water Balloon Sheet Catch – You’ll need a supply of filled water balloons and a sheet for each team. Each team picks one person to throw the balloons. The rest of the team goes a distance away with the sheet. The team that catches the most water balloons wins.
Water Balloon Game Toss - You’ll need a supply of filled water balloons. Form two lines of paired players, facing each other. Have each pair toss a water balloon back and forth, taking a step backwards after every toss.
Water Catch – You’ll need a sprinkler and a cup for each player. When the sprinkler passes their way, each player tries to be the first to completely fill their cup (by the water landing in their cup). Make a rule about how far away they must be. An oscillating sprinkler works best!
Who Am I Water Fight - This fun water fight game was submitted by one of our visitors!
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From: Stafford, VA
Two people hold a towel with a water balloon in it. Another person on their team stands a distance away. The two people launch the water balloon. The other person must catch the water balloon, with their head.
Water Balloon Baseball
You will need a supply of water ballons. First person holds the bat and the second person pitches it to them and they try to hit the balloon and pop it and try to get the pitcher wet.
Duck Duck Splat
From: Largo, Florida
You`ll need a supply of water balloons. This game is just like Duck, duck, goose, but when someone is picked "goose" the player has a water balloon dropped on his/her head.
Water Balloon Hunger Games
You'll need to have at least 14 people. Scatter water balloons around a field, or house, and put water guns in the middle. Make sure everyone is equally distanced from the "cornucopia" of weapons, then yell "start!". Everyone has three lives, and has to play honestly and fair to make the game fair. When someone loses their life, they drip their weapon, and head back to the cornucopia. Each player can only hold on to one water gun, and to switch guns with a killed tribute, they must leave their own gun on the ground. Leave buckets filled with water (paint buckets perhaps,) around the field so players can reload. The winner will be crowned victor of the hunger games, and should get some sort of prize.
Water Balloon Roulette
By: Kelsey, Monroe, LA
2 or more people stand in a circle one person stands in the middle and throws up a water balloon and the players stand still and who ever gets it loses.
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