Keep the Balloon up

3.5 stars

Everyone stands in a circle, and throw a balloon in the middle.

Round 1: Keep the balloon off the floor, people in the circle have to run in and hit the balloon up while saying their name (the same person can't hit the balloon twice).

Round 2: The same, but when you hit the balloon up in the air, instead of saying your own name, you say the name of someone else and they have to come in next to hit the balloon.  


  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Small area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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I swear I invented this game :). I guess great minds think alike when you need a game quick, and all you have is a balloon. In our version, everyone is seated. Before someone hits the balloon (upward hits only--no spiking or sideways hits), that person must say someone else's name, rather than saying it after hitting the balloon. If you don't say the name before you hit it, you turn your chair sideways (signalling you are out). If you name someone who is out, you become out.
Another important rule is that once you hit the balloon, your heiny must touch your chair before you can hit it again. This gets crazy when it's down to two people!
- Paul May (27 Feb 2011)

can also do Bible verse memorization one word at a time. also try to make up sentences (random )
- mick (5 Sep 2012)

a great variant on this game is "keep the balloon down"
same idea but use a helium balloon and keep it down!
- Colin (13 Nov 2013)

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