3-5 years
Child Development
Counting; vocabulary (body parts); predicting
1 balloon per child
1 balloon cover
Physical Activity

Developing movement skills (hand-eye coordination); active play; spatial awareness; and object control

How to Play
  1. Blow up one balloon per child.
  2. Throw the balloon up in the air and try to keep it off the ground using different actions (e.g. karate chop, tickle) or body parts (e.g. knees, elbows, fingers).
Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options
  • Put children into pairs with one balloon to take turns hitting it back and forth to one another.
  • Have children jump or clap between each hit of the balloon.
  • Count how many times children can hit the balloon before it touches the ground.

Safety tip: Dispose of balloons and balloon debris after use, as it is a choking hazard. A homemade balloon cover can be used to help with safety.

Adapted by Healthy Beginnings 2-5