Other balloon games
FIND THE BALLOON
Hide balloons around the house - and when guests arrive they are told 'your
special balloon is...' and then describe it - 'green and long and thin...' or 'red
and big and round...' - they are told that they should blow up the balloon
when they find the it. When you have a house full of guests all with their
balloons then it's time to start the first game - and if it's a balloon
game then everyone is already prepared for it. If the game needs the balloon
blown up in a particular way - for example, blown up really tight for a
sit-to-pop game, then be sure to let people know that so that they have
a balloon that is suitable for the next game.
If the next game requires it, or if there is some other reason why all the
balloons should be the same size - maybe even the same color, then find
another way of identifying each individual's 'special' balloon - perhaps
numbering the balloon itself - or placing a numbered piece of paper under
each balloon - or putting each balloon into a numbered envelope before it is
put into its hiding place.
BALLOON PEOPLE or BALLOON FACES 5-12 years
Get some blown up balloons and some felt markers. With a reminder to press
as gently as possible, get everyone to draw a face - it can be a character or
a monster, a space creature or anything. Have replacement balloons
If that isn't exciting enough... split up into groups of two or three and
decide what would happen if your balloon characters met and had a
conversation - then each group puts on a very small play - try to
improvise a stage to show the plays - something along the lines of
a punch-and-judy stall will work just fine.
DRAWING A STORY or BALLOON STORY 5-12 years
Everyone sits in a circle and a balloon is passed around along with a
felt tip marker. Each person in turn adds just a single line anywhere
on the balloon - when the marker leaves the balloon then that person's
'turn' is over. The organizer and any helpers start to make up a story
based on the picture that starts to form on the balloon. The organizer
can ask everyone 'what is this picture' and if it gets difficult then
'what happens next' usually gets things going again.
Spare balloons can be left around so that another story can be started
at a moment's notice - if the picture doesn't seem to work or if the
balloon pops. If the balloon pops in the middle of a good story then
the bits of the balloon can be circulated with the balloon that replaces
it and the original story continued, or the pop itself can be included.
If there are only a few people in the circle then the balloon can be
passed around as many times as is needed to get a story from the
pictures that form on the balloon.
DECORATING BALLOONS 5-12 years
A messy game using tempera paints, scraps of colored papers - feathers
ribbons - anything that can be stuck to a balloon - use floral adhesive
which sticks things to balloons quite quickly - but keep an eye on who
is sticking what to where - and try to keep everyone safe.
A circle is formed leaving one person on the outside. A balloon or a ball
is passed around the circle in either direction
and the person on the outside has to try to
'tag' the person who has the balloon. If successful they change
Each player has a balloon and marks it with their name or initials - check
to make sure no initials are duplicated. Everyone blows up their balloon
and then with everyone gathered closely together or standing in a line
- counting down from 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - FIRE - everyone releases
their balloons and the winner is the person whose balloon travels furthest.
where this takes place in a hall or there are just too many people for
this to work well then six to eight players can compete at one time and
either the distance for each winner recorded - or the last game is
played by the winners of each previous round.
Experiment with different types of balloon to see which ones fly better
- there are even some long balloons actually called 'rocket balloons'
if you can find them to buy.
Piñata is Spanish for 'a pot of sweets'. In this game the pot is made
using a balloon and some flour paste and some newspaper.
Prepare it several days before the party - blow up the balloon, cut newspaper
into thin strips, prepare flour past - mix flour and water. The balloon
can be coated with a thin layer of cooking oil to make its removal more
easy later on. Paste strips of paper onto the balloon in layers to form a
papier mâché globe - the area near the neck of the balloon can be
left unpapered if you like - this will be the open top of the pot so leave it
to be the size you want it to end up.
You will need to allow one layer of paper to dry before putting the next
layer onto the balloon shape. When the papier mâché stage is
finished the balloon can be popped - or if you have been reasonably careful
and you have tied it with a half knot then it can just be let down. You now
need to make some holes in the 'rim' of the pot and tie some string through
in order to hang the pot.
The balloon shaped papier mâché pot is filled with sweets and
then suspended in mid-air
- say from the branches of a tree. If this is done before any guests arrive
then it will be a surprise when the sweets are eventually released - but
put a polythene bag over the top of the sweets or provide some kind of
protection to prevent wasps or flies congregating inside A 'start
point' is made by marking the
ground or putting something on the ground - normally this will be about four
or five paces from the piñata but you can make the game easier or
harder by changing this distance. The first player stands at the
start point and is blindfolded - and given a stick of some kind. Make
absolutely sure that everyone
else stands well out of the way - when the organizer calls 'start' the
player moves forward to where he thinks the piñata will be and takes
a hearty swipe at it with the stick - just the one swipe - or you can
change this rule later
if the game becomes long winded.
Everyone is a winner in this game - when the piñata is hit and the sweets
tumble out all over the place they are shared out - whether that is a
free-for-all or an orderly shareout is up to you. The person who manages to
hit the piñata to release the sweets can either have first pick of the
sweets or some other prize.