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Friday Playday: Balloon Stomp in Texas

January 13th, 2012

Balloon Stomp is such a fun teambuilding activity to do with youth and/or adults.   Westwood-Bales Elementary School in Friendswood, TX played this game at one of their faculty inservices this year.  The game leader, Counselor Barbara Gruener, said they all had a fantastic time, and we were thrilled when she sent this pictures.

Wanna lead this with your group?  Here are the directions to this game from our book, Great Group Games for Kids: 150 Meaningful Activities for Any Setting:

Balloon Stomp

Time:  10-15 minutes 

Supplies:   a balloon for every person, plus a few spare balloons, string, scissors

Prep:  cut an 18-inch piece of string for each player

The Game:   Let the children blow up the balloons and help them tie them.  Use the string pieces to tie a balloon to each child’s ankle.  When the game leader says “go”, each player should try to stomp on the other player’s balloons while simultaneously guarding their own balloon from others.  When a child’s balloon is popped, he should join the game leader on the sidelines to watch the fun.  The last child with a full balloon wins!

Going Deeper:

  • What did you think about this game?
  • Was it harder to stomp other balloons or keep your balloon safe?
  • What is something you want to protect and keep safe in your life?  (Note:  prompt with ideas:  character, reputation, dreams, goals, self)
  • How does it feel when others ‘stomp’ on your dreams? Your goals?
  • What can you do to protect yourself against being stomped on?
  • It’s easy to get a reputation for what you do.  What are some ‘stomper’ actions that don’t contribute to a good reputation (gossiping, bullying, etc.)?
  • What are some ‘protector’ actions that do contribute to a good reputation (helping others, etc.)?
  • What do you want to be for?
  • How can you obtain and keep a good reputation?
  • What can you do if you see someone else stomping on someone else’s character or even physically threatening them?

Asset Categories – Positive Identity, Boundaries and Expectations, Social Competencies , Empowerment


This post is part of our Friday Playday series, where we are sharing ideas and activities related to our 5 “play with purpose” books.  Check out the books, where you can find 750+ powerful and easy ways to help children and youth grow in character, service and leadership.  We’d also love to come to your school or organization to lead a “play with purpose” workshop – find more details here.

Play with Purpose!

Susan Ragsdale & Ann Saylor (a.k.a. The Games Girls)

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