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In addition to being the perfect party decoration, balloons are also great for a variety of entertaining games. From sword fights to popping and stomping games you can create a balloon game customized for any type of party. The best part is that almost none of these games require helium.

Click on of these balloon games to see how to play.

Balloon Sword Fights
Balloon Stuffing Games
Balloon Stomp Games
Balloon Herding Games
Big Bird Balloon Game
Balloon Hockey
Balloon Jousting
Karate Balloon Battle
Lightsaber Balloon Training
Pop Goes The Planet
Shark Bait
Wits and Consequences
Wrestling Balloon Challenge
X-men Balloon Battle


Sword Balloon Fights

Balloon Swords

What You'll Need:

Preparation:

Balloon Sword Fights can be played for theme parties such as Knights, Samauri, Star Wars, Pirate and more. Create a balloon sword for each of your guests the morning of the party. You will want to create a few extras in case any of them pop.Each balloon sword is composed of three parts:

Sword Handle

  1. Before inflating, give the balloon a good stretch by tugging at either end.
  2. Next, insert the balloon pump into the mouth of the balloon, and hold the balloon onto the pump while you're inflating it.
  3. Inflate the balloon until it's about 3/4 full, leaving a tail that's approximately 2" long.
  4. If needed, let a little bit of air out, and then knot the balloon as shown in step 1 of the diagram below.
  5. Next you will need to make a "Tulip Twist" at the knotted end of the balloon.
  6. To do this, hold the knotted end of the balloon with your left hand, and then push the knot into the balloon with the index finger of your right hand (see step 2 below).
  7. Then, use your left hand to pinch the sides of the balloon until you're grasping the knot inside the balloon (see step 3 below).
  8. Hold the knot tightly with the thumb and index finger of your left hand, and then carefully pull your right index finger out of the balloon.
  9. With your right hand, twist the balloon three times to make sure it stays twisted (see step 4 below).
  10. To finish the handle, grasp the balloon about 3" to 4" below the tulip knot, and twist it about five times to form a four" bubble (see step 5 below).

Handle Guard

  1. To make the handle guard, pinch off four 2"-sections, and twist each section three times to hold it in place.
  2. Twist the two bubbles farthest from the tulip twist together, forming one side of the handle guard, as shown in step 7 below.
  3. Then, bring that section to the twist between the handle and the first 2"-bubble, and lock twist several times.

Sword Blade

The remaining straight portion of the balloon forms the blade of the sword (see step 8 below).



At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into pairs for balloon sword battles.
  2. One can be a samurai and the other a ninja.
  3. Or you can divide the group into two teams called the Samurai and the Ninjas.
  4. Then stand back and let the battle begin!

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Balloon Stuffing Games

Dough Boy

What You'll Need:

  • 30-60 Small, Round Balloons depending on size
  • 2 Adult-Sized Sweatshirts
  • 2 Pairs of Adult-Sized Sweatpants and Sweatshirts
  • An air pump to inflate the balloons (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Inflate 30 small, round balloons. They should be about 7" or 8" in diameter, or 60 4" diameter balloons.
  2. Do this a few hours before the party; if you inflate the balloons days in advance, they will end up deflating by the party date.

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into two equal teams with about 3 to 5 children on each team.

  2. If you have a lot of guests, you can set up multiple teams.

  3. However, you will need 15 balloons, a sweatshirt, and a pair of sweatpants for each team.

  4. Have each team choose an "it" person to be the one to get stuffed. That person will put on the sweatshirt and sweatpants

  5. Give each team at least 15 balloons.

  6. When you say "Go," each team has 30 seconds to stuff as many balloons into the "it" person as possible.

  7. When time is up, count how many balloons each team successfully stuffed into the player clothes (popped balloons don't count).

Variations:

  • Soldier of Muscle - create a super soldier for an army or Captain America party
  • Superman Muscle Game - You can make it for any of your favorite superheroes too.
  • Circus Strong Man - Perfect for a Big Top theme party.
  • Wrestler Muscle Man - Each team chooses their favorite wrestler to see who is the strongest at the end of the game
  • Pizza or Baking Dough Boy Contest - Which team can stuff the biggest Dough Boy? For this one you can use an adult size chef uniform
  • Sensei Master Game - Instead of sweatpants you can use two adult karate uniforms
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Balloon Stomping Games

Bombs Away

What You'll Need:

  • One balloon per child
  • String or ribbon

Preparation:
  1. Inflate each balloon and knot it closed.
  2. Tie a 2-foot piece of string or ribbon to each balloon.

At the Party:

This game is best played in an open space indoors.
  1. Tie one balloon on a string loosely to each child's ankle.
  2. When you say "go" the children should try to stomp and pop each other's balloons using only their feet.
  3. If a child's balloon is popped, that child is out.
  4. Let them play until everyone has popped their balloon

Variations:

  • Hulk Smash - All the kids can pretend to be the Hulk and say, "Hulk Smash" when trying to pop their balloon
  • Bombs Away - This variation is fun for Army theme parties. The balloons in this case become exploding bombs.
  • Bug Stomp - Squish that big bug before it bites you!
  • Monster Stomp - The Monster is on the loose! He is stomping through the city!

Alternative Play Ideas:

  • Place wrapped candy or small toys inside each balloon before inflating. When a child's balloon is popped, they get their prize! (This insures everyone is a winner.)
  • Make the strings shorter for younger players or longer for older players.
  • To make the game last longer, give the players a balloon for each foot.

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Balloon Herding Games

Herd the Cattle

What You'll Need:

  • 1 or 2 Balloons Per Guest (plus a few extras in case any pop)
  • Masking Tape (if playing inside)
  • Several Pages of Folded Newspaper Per Guest
  • Alternative to Newspaper: A fly swatter

This is a fun game for any type of animal party. The kids can pretend to her cows, farm animals, horses, zebras and even ducks. Whatever the animal, kids just love this game.

Preparation:

Before the party, use masking tape to mark a start and a goal line about 10 feet apart from each other. Then, inflate the balloons and tie them off. If you are doing a specific animal theme you can used colored permanent markers to draw animal prints on the balloons.

At the Party:

Hand each child a balloon and several pages of folded newspaper (or a fly swatter). The object is to have something lightweight to move the balloons with so they won't pop. At the start of the game, the children will use the newspaper as swatters to bat their "animals" toward the "corral" (i.e. the finish line).

Determining The Winner:

The first child to bat his or her animal herded across the finish line wins.

Alternate Ideas:

  • Add a twist to this game by making the children sit on their balloons and pop them when they cross the finish line.
  • Adapt this game so that it's a two-team relay race in which all of each team's members must successfully swat their animal to the finish line and back before they win the game.
  • Use fly swatters in place of newspapers.
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Big Bird Balloon Game

Big Bird's Balloon Game

Preparation:

You will need colored balloons and washable markers. Before the party, blow up the balloons and tie them closed. Include red balloons for Elmo, blue balloons for Cookie Monster, pink balloons for Abby Cadabby, and yellow balloons for Big Bird.

How to Play:

Give each child a balloon that is already blown up. Have the children turn their balloons into their favorite Sesame Street character by drawing funny faces on the balloons with markers.

To start the game, have the children stand in a circle while holding their balloon. Then, when you yell "Go!" the children throw their balloons in the air. They must keep their balloons in the air for as long as possible by batting at them with their hands, heads, knees, feet, etc. Do not eliminate anyone from the game if their balloon touches the ground, since that may lead to tears from younger guests. Instead of declaring a winner, you can simply tell the children who kept their balloon in the air the longest. Be sure to announce that everyone did a great job playing Big Bird's Balloon game!

The Sesame Street name and all related characters and elements are the property of Sesame Workshop. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sesame Workshop.

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Balloon Hockey

Hockey Balloons

There is no need for full contact to have tons of fun. Play hockey indoors with this safe and easy hockey party game.

What You'll Need:

  • Inflatable swords or twisting balloons
  • Latex balloons
  • Masking tape or another goal marker

Before the Party:

  1. Blow up twisting balloons and latex balloons. Twist the long balloons into sword shapes to serve as your hockey sticks. The latex balloons will be the pucks
  2. Set goals at either side of a play area. Use masking tape to mark the in-bounds space.

At the Party:

  1. Set up two teams to face off.
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  3. Hold a fun balloon hockey game right in your living room.
  4. Use more than one balloon "puck" at a time to add to the excitement.
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Balloon Jousting

Jousting

What You'll Need:

  • Balloon Swords (see our Balloon Sword Fights activity for instructions)
  • 2 Shields (see our Shield Making activity for instructions)
  • Two Helmets (bicycle or other)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Hobby Horses (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Create several balloon swords using the directions from our Balloon Sword Fights activity. (You will want one for every child participating, plus a few extras in case any pop.)
  2. Create two shields using the directions from our Shield Making activity.
  3. Cover the two helmets with aluminum foil.

At the Party:

  1. Select two guests to be the first knights to joust.
  2. Proclaim them Sir [1st guest's name] and Sir [2nd guest's name] as you place their jousting helmets on and secure them.
  3. Hand each knight his trusty stead (i.e. hobby horse, if desired), a shield and a lance (i.e. balloon sword).
  4. Have a "lady of the castle" drop her handkerchief to signal the start of the jousting match.
  5. Each knight should then charge toward his opponent at a gallop and attempt to break his opponent's lance or knock it from his hand.
  6. If they both miss, they must turn and charge again.
  7. The victorious knight is the one still holding an un-popped balloon at the end of the jousting match, and he may choose his next challenger.
  8. Play until everyone has taken a turn.
  9. The overall winner may be determined by who wins the last match OR by who survived the most rounds.
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Karate Balloon Battle

Karate Balloon Battle

Preparation:

  1. Give each child a balloon to blow up and tie off.
  2. Have the children turn their balloons into samurai or ninjas by drawing funny faces on the balloons with markers.
  3. If your guests are mostly younger children, blow up and decorate the balloons before the party.
  4. For added fun give the children inflatable samurai swords to use while they battle their balloons.

How to Play:

  1. To start the game, have the children stand in a line, shoulder-to-shoulder, while holding their balloon 'warriors."
  2. Then, when you yell "Go!" the children throw their balloons in the air.
  3. They must keep their balloons in the air for as long as possible by batting at them with their hands, heads, knees, feet, etc. If a child's balloon touches the floor, he/she is out of the "battle."
  4. The last player with his balloon still in the air has won the "battle" and is the winner of the game.
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Star Wars Lightsaber Training

Lightsaber Balloon Training

What You Will Need:

  • 1 black or red balloon for each guest
  • 1 long skinny, 260 twisting balloon or per guest
  • A music player
  • The song "Duel of the Fates" and other music from Star Wars by John Williams

Preparation:

  1. Blow up all of the round balloons but do not use helium.
  2. Inflate the 260 twisting balloons and tie to create balloon lightsabers. You may also choose to use the and send your guests home with them as favors after the party.

At the Party:

  1. Give each guest a round balloon and a lightsaber shaped balloon
  2. Ask everyone to spread out.
  3. Choose one child to be Yoda.
  4. Start playing the music.
  5. When you say "go" ask everyone to hit their round balloon into the air with the lightsaber balloon.
  6. The children should try to keep one round balloon in the air as long as possible by hitting it with their lightsaber.
  7. This means they can hit any of the balloons in the air, not just the one they started with.
  8. If one of the balloons drops to the floor, a player can try to "steal" another person's balloon by hitting it with their lightsaber.
  9. If the child who is Yoda catches anyone without a balloon he can tap them on the shoulder.
  10. Anyone Yoda taps on the shoulder is out and must sit down.
  11. The last child left who is still hitting a balloon has completed their jedi training and wins the game!
  12. The winner of each round can be Yoda in the next round.

The Star Wars name and all related characters and elements are the property of Lucasfilm Ltd. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Pop Goes The Planet

Pop Goes The Planet

What You'll Need:

  • Several Balloons (one for each child)
  • Two Magnifying Glasses
  • Tape

Preparation:

Tie or tape several balloons to a wall or fence outside. They should each be about 1'–2' off the ground, 1'–2' apart, and within view of the sun by the time the party starts.

At the Party:

  1. Give two children one magnifying glass each.
  2. Demonstrate how to position the magnifying glasses to capture the sun's rays, which will heat a spot on the balloons and make them pop.
  3. A bright spot will appear on the surface of each balloon just before it pops.
  4. Start the contest.
  5. The first person to pop his/her balloon wins.
  6. Give the winner a small prize, and let the next two guests go.
  7. Repeat until everyone has had a chance to pop a balloon.
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Shark Bait

Shark Bait

There are two teams, the Sharks and the Dolphins. The goal of the Sharks is to "gobble up" the "feeder fish" (i.e. balloons) by catching balloons and sitting on them, causing them to pop. The Sharks must move around the playing area by crawling rather than standing and walking. The goal of the Dolphins is to protect the feeder fish by keeping the balloons out of reach of the Sharks. The Dolphins should stand in the playing area. They may bat the balloons to keep them in the air and protect them, but they may not hold them.

Preparation:

Blow up at least two balloons for every player. Mark a playing area on the floor using masking tape.

At the Party:

  1. Divide the children into two even teams, the Sharks and the Dolphins.
  2. Have the Sharks sit in the playing area and the Dolphins stand in the playing area.
  3. Set a timer for 1 to 2 minutes (for each round).
  4. Begin by throwing at least one balloon per Dolphin into the playing area.
  5. The Sharks score a point each time a feeder fish is popped.
  6. At the end of the round, tally the Sharks' score, and then have the teams switch places.
  7. After the second round, tally the other team's score.
  8. Whichever team has the most points is the winner!
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Wits and Consequences

Wits and Consequences

What You'll Need:

  • A Bag of Latex Balloons (at least 2 per guest)
  • Strips of Paper (at least 2 per guest)
  • 2 Large Trash Bags
  • A Pen or Marker

Preparation:

Take half of the strips of paper, and write a different question on each. If this is a theme-based slumber party, questions should be related to the theme. Otherwise, keep it to general questions about popular T.V. shows, cartoons, or movies.

Place each strip of paper inside of a balloon. Blow the balloons up and tie them off, making sure that the questions are visible inside. Label the two large trash bags "A" and "B," and then place all of the balloons in bag "A."

Grab the second set of papers, and write some silly tasks on them, such as, "Rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time," or "Strut and cluck like a chicken three times." Place these inside the remaining balloons, blow them up, tie them off, and drop them into bag "B."


At the Party:

Let each child take a turn pulling a balloon out of bag "A" and reading the question contained inside out loud. Each child should try to answer the question he or she selected. If the question is answered correctly, give the child a small prize. If your guest can't give the correct answer, he or she must reach into bag "B," grab a balloon, and perform the silly task inside. If the child performs the task, award him or her a small prize.

Theme Party Modifications:

If you're throwing a theme party, you can adjust this game to fit your chosen theme by naming the players after characters or groups from your theme. For example, if your party has a dinosaur theme, the player who is "it" can be "T-Rex" and the other players can be "Cavemen" or "Cavewomen."

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Wresting Balloon Challenge

WWE balloons

Let your WWE party guests show off their wrestling moves with this fun WWE party game than can be played indoors our outside!

What You'll Need:

  • Balloons
  • A grassy area or a padded indoor space
  • Rope or streamers
  • Chairs or other posts
  • A stopwatch

How to play:

  • Set up a wrestling arena using 4 chairs or other steady posts as the corners of your ring. Use streamers to create the ropes.
  • Fill as many balloons as you can scrounge up with air and place them in the center of the ring. If you're playing this game outside, fill the balloons with water for wet summertime fun!
  • Let guests pick their own wrestling names and announce them as they enter the ring. Give guests turns popping as many balloons as they can within 20 seconds. Players should stay within the bounds of the ring.
  • Record each guest's balloon popping score and award the player with the highest score a small prize. You can play several rounds if you have balloons to spare once everyone has had a turn.
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Xmen vs. Brotherhood Balloon Battle

X-Men vs. Brotherhood Balloon Battle

Preparation:

Give each child a balloon to blow up and tie off. Have the children turn their balloons into members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants by drawing funny faces on the balloons with markers. If desired, you can also help each child write on the name of the evil mutant they've chosen. A few options include:

  • Callisto
  • Juggernaut
  • Magneto
  • Mystique
  • Pyro

Note: If your guests are mostly younger children, blow up and decorate the balloons before the party. Each child should also pick a good X-Men character that he or she wants to be during the competition (unless you assigned them characters when they arrived). Several options include:

  • Angel
  • Beast
  • Colossus
  • Cyclops
  • Iceman
  • Professor Charles Xavier
  • Rogue
  • Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat
  • Storm
  • Wolverine

How to Play:

  1. To start the game, have the children stand in a line, shoulder-to-shoulder, while holding their balloon villains.
  2. Then, when you yell "Fight!" the children throw their evil mutant balloons in the air.
  3. They must keep their balloons in the air for as long as possible by batting at them with their hands, heads, knees, feet, etc.
  4. If a child lets his balloon touch the floor, he is out of the battle.
  5. The last X-Men Mutant with his balloon still in the air has won the battle for the X-Men and is the winner of the game.

The X-Men name and all related characters and elements are the property of Marvel Characters, Inc. This guide is not affiliated with or endorsed by Marvel Characters, Inc.

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