The Japanese Balloon Game - free family-game idea sheet

4-6 year olds | one hour

Whether it’s acting, singing, dancing or pretty much anything else you can think of, this game is great at getting people up and performing. Your kids will love it.

What You'll Need

  • Balloons (at least one for each player)
  • Whistle
  • Paper
  • Pens


  1. The group stands in a circle.
  2. The leader has half a dozen balloons. Into each a message has been inserted before the balloon was blown up.
  3. One at a time, a balloon is passed from player to player around the circle, until the leader blows a whistle.
  4. The player holding the balloon when the whistle blows must go to the centre of the circle.
  5. He/she must sit on the balloon until it bursts, then read the note, and perform the action or answer the question contained in the message.

Also try with names of people in the balloons, so that you have to act like that person, or names of films which you then have to describe to two opposing teams, with the point going to the team who gets it first. The possibilities really are endless, just don’t get scared by the balloon bangs.

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