Inside: Minute to Win It Balloon Games Busting with Fun.
Some of the best party games include wild and funny Minute to Win It Games. There are so many different versions of a balloon pop game to play, but some of my favorite include water balloons, wooden spoons and obstacle courses. So we decided why not make the ultimate list of minute-to-win-it balloon games.
From popping, floating, blowing up, music stops and collecting these pop game ideas are perfect for everyone in the family. So grab the biggest pack of balloons you can find, and trust me this balloon pump is a lifesaver when it comes to blowing all these puppies up.
Now let’s have some fun!
Blow it Over
Each person blows up a balloon and uses it to blow 10 cups off of the table. Whoever knocks all of their cups off of the table wins. You can play this game with a team member or play against an opposing team trying to keep your cups on the table to make it a little more challenging for older kids.
When you’re ready, players should put their mittens on and grab a balloon. They should try to pop the fully blown up balloon with their mitten covered hands in under 1 minute. The first person to pop their balloon – without cheating – wins for their team!
Blow up several balloons and place them on the floor. Set a timer for one minute. Send the first player into the balloon pile to try and collect as many as they can in one trip. When time is up, count how many balloons the player was able to carry at once.
Return the balloons to the pile. Give each player a turn to do the same. The player who collects the most wins.
Tun this game into a fun summer party game by the pool by making using some water balloon game ideas and instead of a collection on the floor you can use a bucket of water balloons for warm weather fun.
This is the best kind of balloon pop game, because it ends with candy!
Before the party, insert small pieces of candy into balloons before inflating them. Hid the balloons around the party space. Divide the kids into teams. Send them out to find as many balloons as they can in a set amount of time. When they find a balloon, they must pop it and collect the piece of candy from inside.
Once the time is up, the team with the most candy wins.
Water Balloon Dodge Ball
To play, stand facing the opposing team with a collection of water balloons. If this game is being played inside you can easily use air blown up balloons instead of an equally fun, yet less wet experience. 😉
You’ll toss the balloons at the other team and once a player is hit – they are out. See which team can get the most players out in under a minute.
Be sure to give fair warning here especially for older kids to toss gently underhand to ensure no one gets hurt! I’ve learned this from experience.
Balloon Word Search
Divide guests into two teams. Make two sets of six balloons. Write the letters to spell out the word W-I-N-N-E-R on each of the six balloons. Scatter the balloons around the party area.
Have the players race to find the letters that spell the word.
The first team to collect and arrange their balloons to spell “winner”
Color Balloon Pop Game
Give each team a bunch of inflated balloons (use an even amount of balloons for each team, but make each set a different color) and a chair. On “go,” the first players in line for each team must run, get one of her colored balloons, bring it to the chair and sit on it until it pops.
When it pops, they can tag the next player in line, who must then grab a new balloon and sit on the chair to pop it.
Play continues this way until one team has popped all of its balloons. The first team to do so wins.
Give each team a bunch of balloons and a broom. Have them line up behind a starting line. Draw a finish line several feet away.
Players must take turns using the broom to “sweep” the balloons over the finish line. The first team to have all of its balloons behind the finish line wins.
Players must keep an inflated balloon in the air using only their heads. They cannot touch the balloon with their hands, feet, or any other body part from the neck down.
If the player’s balloon touches the ground they are out. Places are awarded by who keeps their balloon in the air the longest.
Players must inflate a balloon and then use their breath to blow it across a finish line. The first player to cross the finish line win.
This game can get really hilarious – be sure to set the distance of the blow track based on the age of the kids to keep it fun.
If you have a wide range of kids at the party, you can easily tape off different “start” lines for the race based on age.
More Minute Balloon Game Ideas You’ll Love
Balloon Cup Relay
Divide players into teams of 2. Place a balloon between the players’ foreheads.
One player must run a short distance, dropping the balloon into a cup held by their teammate. The winning team is the one that fills their cup first.
Players must keep a balloon in the air using tennis rackets or wooden spoons, without letting it touch the ground. The player who keeps the balloon in the air the longest wins.
Players must pop balloons tied to their ankles by stomping on the balloons of their opponents. The last player with a balloon remaining wins.
Players must hit a balloon back and forth over a net using only their hands. The first team to reach a certain number of points wins.
Hang a balloon from a string and blindfold a player. The player must hit the balloon with a stick until it pops. The player with the fastest time wins.
Filling this with candy is obviously a bonus as well!
Players must hold a balloon between their knees and walk across a room without dropping it. The first player to cross the finish line wins.
Players must throw darts at balloons to pop them.
The player who pops the most balloons in a certain amount of time wins.
This is a fun game that can also double as a colorful decoration piece to anchor the classroom party.
Divide players into teams 2 kids each, or even 3 to make it more fun! Each team must hold a balloon between them, using their hips, backs or heads to hold the balloon steady and race to a finish line.
The first team to cross the finish line wins.
Players must blow up a balloon and tie it to their head like a hat. The first player to pop their balloon hat wins.
Players must build a tower using only balloons and tape. The tallest tower at the end of a certain amount of time wins.
If you’re playing this game at school, I’d suggest giving it even more than a minute – as it can be a great learning experience for the kids and these towers can grow quite large if you let them!
Players must toss a balloon back and forth over an increasing distance. The team that tosses the balloon the farthest wins.
Players must pop balloons by stomping on them. The player who pops the most balloons in a certain amount of time wins.
Players must pop balloons by sitting on them. The player who pops the most balloons in a certain amount of time wins.
Balloon Blow Relay
Divide players into teams of 2. Each team must inflate a balloon and run to a finish line, passing the balloon back and forth between them. The first team to cross the finish line wins.
Players must catch as many balloons as possible before they hit the ground. The player who catches the most balloons in a certain amount of time wins.
Divide players into teams of 2. Each team must pop the balloons of their opponents by throwing them. It can get pretty fun to see them throw the balloons in exaggerated ways – be sure to have your video running for this one.
The team with the most popped balloons at the end of a certain amount of time wins this balloon pop game for kids.
Players must shoot a balloon through a hoop using only their hands. The first player to make a certain number of shots wins.
Players must hold a balloon between their knees and waddle to a finish line without dropping it. The first player to cross the finish line wins.
Players must pass a balloon down a line of players using only their knees. The first team to pass the balloon to the end of the line wins.
Divide players into teams and use pool noodles + balloons to make for a jousting match. This game can easily be played on a dry surface, but is best with water balloons and pool floats in water for a summer balloons game idea kids will love!
5 Tips For Parents & Carers
Make sure that the balloon games you choose are age-appropriate and safe for your child to play. As the game supervisor be ready to jump in quickly if the balloon games for kids start to get out of hand to ensure that no one gets hurt.
Also an important safety note: ensure that the balloons are inflated to the appropriate size and are not over-inflated, which can cause them to burst easily.
Practice makes perfect
Encourage every child to practice the games before playing them with others. This is easy to do by giving them a 30 second trial time at each station. It will help when you are working with littler kids to have them get a hang of the game and build their confidence before jumping in.
Use the right equipment
Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment for each game, such as balloons, cups, sticks, and other items.
Here are my favorite buys for minute to win it balloon games supplies:
Keep it fun
Remember that the goal of these games is to have fun and enjoy spending time with others. Encourage your kids to do their best, but don’t put too much pressure on them to win.
Celebrate their efforts and let them know that having fun is more important than winning & hopefully by the end of the party everyone will be having a blast!
Balloon games can be physically tiring, so make sure that your child takes breaks between games to rest and hydrate. Encourage them to listen to their body and take a break if they feel tired or overheated.
Hope you’ve enjoyed these minute to win it balloon games for kids ideas and tips! I love minute to win it games as they make every party move quick with excitement for kids of all ages from classroom parties to poolside birthdays, they are always a great way to go. Enjoy and have fun!