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Activities with Balloons

Why Balloon Activities?

  • Balloons - in one form or another - have fascinated human beings for centuries.
  • Balloons are incredibly forgiving and help in building people's confidence. 
  • Balloons are fun, portable, and inexpensive.
  • Balloons add suspense to the atmosphere - there is a healthy sense of prolonged hope when playing with balloons!

Conducting Balloon Activities

  • Time: 5 mins to 1 hour
  • Location: Preferably inside.  Balloons are susceptible to even the slightest wind which can be frustrating.  Plus, there are fewer accidental balloon bursts inside.
  • Equipment: Ideally, start with 2 to 3 assorted round 9 to 12 inch (medium to large) round latex balloons per person (deflated).  The actual number needed depends on group size, the specific activity, and whether it  involves bursting balloons.  Sports equipment, permanent markers, and slips of paper are optional.  To purchase the ideal balloons in bulk, see Balloon Activities Kit.
  • Hygiene: Only one person inflates each balloon.
  • Hyperventilation: Can occur following quick, deep breaths from the top of the chest when blowing up balloons, leading to a lack of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) in the blood.  Symptoms include lightheadedness.  Encourage anyone experiencing this to sit down and to breath slowly.
  • Environmental: Latex balloons are biodegradable (at the same rate as an Oak leaf).  Latex is a natural substance, produced from the milky sap of the rubber tree.  To learn more about environmental aspects, see Balloon Industry Links.


Balloon games can be used as party games, fun fillers, energizers, icebreakers, or for longer trust-building, team building, and therapeutic sessions.  Create a unique sequence for your group, using these 40 balloon game descriptions as a guide.