3 Fun Water Balloon Activities for Kids (Age 3+)

The summer can be long and boring. Try these 3 fun water balloon activities with your kids.

In fact, they will love it.

Let’s dive right in and get inspired by all this fun outside activities.

3 fun water balloon activities for kids

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Water Balloon Fun

My children love the summer and all the fun it brings with it. This time we wanted to try something new, and the kids loved them all!


Plus there are a lot of benefits of playing with water. One of them is they can burn all their energy and witch mom doesn’t like that?

They are using their gross and fine motor skills during those activities, just to name some other benefits. Those and more can be found here.


So why not simply give it a try, there is nothing to lose. Here is what you will need for all 3 activities:

Materials

  • water balloons
  • string
  • scissors
  • stick
  • paper
  • finger colors

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Activity 1: Water Balloon Art

water balloon art

Materials

  • paper
  • tape
  • washable colors
  • water balloons

Take a look at the first step by step tutorial for this water balloon art project:

Instructions


Step 1: Fill the water balloons

  • Follow the instructions of your water balloon package. Fill them up with water and tie a knot if the instruction asks for it.

Step 2: Prepare the paper

  • Secure your paper with tape to your surface. We used our old seashell baby pool. It is perfect for this activity but you do not need to have one. Simply do it outside on the floor instead.

Step 3: Let’s create water balloon art

  • Simply let the kids dip the water balloons in the colors. Then they should gently roll the colored balloons over the paper. Make them understand that the water balloons can pop and splash the water when they throw them on the paper. When that happens your paper will be soaking wet and it’s not able to take in any paint anymore. Everyone would have to start over again.

Tips

  • This fun kid’s art can be messy. That’s why we did it outside and wore our swim cloth.
  • We used a muffin tray to fill the liquid paint in them. They were the perfect size for our water balloons and this art project.

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Activity 2: Water Balloon Pinata

water balloon games

Materials

  • water balloons
  • string
  • scissor
  • stick

Instructions


Step 1: Fill the water balloons

  • As in the first activity, follow the instructions of your water balloon package. Fill them up with water and tie a knot if the instruction asks for it.

Step 2: Prepare the string

  • Cut the string with the scissor to your preferred length. Then attach the end of the string to the water balloon and secure it with a knot.

Step 3: Hang the water balloon pinata

  • Hang the string with the water balloon on it to a tree or any object that works for this activity.

Step 4: Have fun

  • Take the stick and let the kids hit the water balloon till the water balloon breaks and the water splashes out. Just like a real pinata just with a wet surprise in it.

Tips

  • Adjust the height of the water balloons to your children’s size.
  • Let the other kids stand around the balloon but far enough not to get hit. This way they get splashed too.
  • You can also do this activity blindfolded for more fun.

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Activity 3: Ankle Water Balloon Stop

water balloon ankle game

Materials

  • water balloons
  • string
  • scissor

Instruction


Step 1: Fill the water balloons

  • As in the first two activities, follow the instructions of your water balloon package. Fill them up with water and tie a knot if the instruction asks for it.

Step 2: Prepare the string

  • Cut the string with the scissor to the preferred length of your kid’s food ankle. Then attach the end of the string to the water balloon and secure it with a knot.

Step 3: Attach it to the ankle

  • After the water balloon is tight and secured to the string, attach it to one ankle of the child. Repeat the first 3 steps for each child.

Step 4: Let the game begin

  • The goal of the game is to burst the other children’s water balloons while protecting your own. After explaining the rules to the kids, count till 3, and let the game start. They will have a lot of fun running around and trying to burst each other’s balloons.

Tips

  • Make sure the string is not attached to tight or loose.
  • Make sure that the kids wait to move around till every child has the water balloon attached to the ankle. The balloons might burst before the game even started by accident.

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Summary


First of all, we love all three activities, they were a full success! My kids are obsessed with water play in the summertime. They really enjoyed these new creative activities.


We did all three projects in one afternoon.
If that’s your plan as well, I can recommend to prepare in the beginning a big amount of water balloons at once and not separate for each game. This way the kids don’t have to wait and get impatient.


Activity 1 – Water Balloon Art:

My kids love to color with liquid paint so it simply was a win in my family. The mess they made was easy to clean up and the paint got washed away with the other games. We used finger colors for this activity and made it ourselves prior.


Activity 2 – Water Balloon Pinata:

The children had so much fun with this water play but I have to admit it was a little bit tricky to hit the balloon. I recommend it for older toddlers or children since the string is moving around and it’s hard to hit.


Activity 3 – Water Balloon Ankle Stomp:

Just be aware that the balloons might just simply pop by moving around and hanging on the ground. Make sure the balloons are tight high enough at the children’s foods to avoid that happen.

Otherwise, this is a lot of fun!


I hope you liked all three water balloon activities for your children. Don’t forget to let me know how your kids enjoyed it.
Leave a comment below and add a picture. I love to hear from you!


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