How to Play Water Balloon Pop-Up

A sure way to cool down on a hot day.
1 towel per pair
Pre-filled water balloons

1. Have the team leader divide your group into pairs, if you have have an odd number this person can become the "water balloon" distributor.
2. Give each pair a towel.
3. Each person needs to grip the two towel corners so that the towel is spread taught between them long wise (meaning that they are holding the shorter side of the towel in each of their hands).
4. Pairs should spread out in the playing area, so that there is about 3 feet on all sides around them.
5. Place a bucket of pre-made water balloons in a central area, where the team leader (or that extra odd player out) can easily distribute to pairs.

How to Play

1. Have the team leader place a water balloon in the center of each towel.
2. On "go," each pair uses the towel to toss the balloon up into the air and then catch it.
3. Should the pair drop their water balloon, the team leader (or "water balloon distributor") can replace with another water balloon.
4. Have pairs see how many times they can toss and catch the balloon consecutively without popping.


1. Instead of going for number of times caught, go for height.
2. After developing technique, pairs can form teams and try tossing balloon back and forth between each other.
3. Spread pairs out across a large playing field and see if they can toss down the line from one pair to the next.
4. Use a volleyball net (or clothes line) and place pairs on either side - have teams toss water balloons over the net in the practiced fashion - the team that drops the balloon looses a point to the other team (ie - other team gains a point, as in regular


1. Have lots of water balloons on hand and make sure you have someone in charge of distributing balloons.
2. Make sure you evenly match your pairings, both size and strength wise.
3. After the game has played itself out, make a challenge out of picking up all the water balloon pieces so that you leave your playing area clean.
4. This can easily be turned into a competition by seeing which pair can toss it the most times, throw it highest and catch it again, etc.
5. If you don't have towels, potato sacks, a light jacket or sweatshirt, rectangles of material, heavy duty garbage bags, or pillow cases work great too.
6. Use a bed sheet and 4 or more people to make a team.

Either/or (can be played either way)
Noise Level
Number of Players
3 to 4
5 to 10
10 to 20
Space Needed
Large (gym, outdoor field, reception hall)
Team Division
Buddy up (pairs of two)