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Balloon Ball

Divide your group into two teams and have them sit facing each other, about 30 feet apart. Take a bunch of balls and use them as ammo to hit a balloon target set in the middle of the room. The goal is to get the balloon to cross the other team’s line by hitting the balloon with balls. No hands and no blowing the balloon. It is fun to watch because students are all focusing on the balloon and they get blindsided by flying balls. It’s awesome.

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Balloon Bible Quiz Bust

Place various bible questions and answers in balloons. Teams must race across the room to their pile of balloons and bust them and match the questions to the right answers. First team to get all right wins.

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Balloon Confessions

This illustration has a double purpose to it. You will need a balloon, filled with helium (so it can rise into the air), and markers. Give each of the youth their own balloon and a marker, and have them write one sin on that balloon. Then have them write on the balloon something to the effect of “Lord, please forgive me/take this sin…” You then have all the youth release their “sins” up towards heaven. Someday when that balloon comes back to earth, whether it be whole or blown up, maybe it might land in someone’s back yard, and that is a way to maybe reach out to someone, or make them curious. I hope you enjoy this idea, and maybe the message will reach someone, and give them new hope.

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Balloon Crabs

First off, blow up enough ballons for all your youth and put a strip of tape (packing tape works well) around each youth’s waist sticky-side out. Divide the Youth into two teams and place enough balloons for each member on each team, opposite them. Then all at once (or relay style, if you like) the Youth crab-walk BACKWARDS towards their balloons, stick a balloon onto the tape on the BACKside of them, (without using their hands) and run (or crab-walk) back to the starting point to pop their balloons. (again without hands) The first team to have popped ALL their balloons wins! 😀

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Balloon Race

This is an object lesson that we have used to begin Confirmation classes but is fine any time. Have a big bag of the larger-sized balloons. Line up your group at one end of a large room or sanctuary. Tell them that they are each trying to “fly” their balloons from the startring line past the designated finish line. Of course they fill the balloons full of air and let go–but the balloons almost never go in a straight line! They can fly at right angles or behind you. Use this to illustrate the “Spirit blowing where it will” and that on life’s journeys, we may not be going where we want all the time, but God might have a different destination in mind or a different path to our future.

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Balloon Sticky Man

You will need a whole bunch of pre blown-up water balloons (air, not water), some tape, and some no-hands noisemakers. (Kazoos?) Divide everybody into two teams, and one person from each team is selected as ‘sticky-man’. Each ‘sticky-man’ has tape (packing tape?) wrapped around them sticky side out. Each team must then choose a special sound that the sticky-man will make with their noisemaker. The Group then lines up with their share of balloons, and relay-style, blindfolds themselves, grabs a balloon, and heads toward their sound and when they find it, sticks it on their sticky-man. The sticky-men can move around, making it more difficult if they want. The first team to stick all their balloons on their sticky-man wins.

PS. You might want to consider having the ‘sticky-man’ be a boy if you have a co-ed group…you’re sticking balloons on people, blindfolded. Ahem.

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Balloon Stomp!

Ballon stomp is a quick, fun way to get kids in motion, and there are at least two ways to win. Have each person blow up a ballon and tie it with a short string to their ankle. Start facing each other in a circle, and at “GO!” start stomping. The goal is to protect your own balloon while popping as many others as you can. Keep popping even after your own is burst!Applause/prizes go to both the last survivor, and to the person who popped the most.

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Balloon Sunday

Have the class bring in two balloons each. Bring in a helium tank and fill the balloons up and tie a string on the ends. On the balloons, have them write the name of a person that needs to be saved. Take them outside and let them go. Tell them by doing this, they can use it as a way of giving the person up to God in prayer. If your church has very small tracts or cards you can attach those to the string.

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Balloon Volleyball

This game is played using four rows of chairs. Place the chairs with two rows back to back in the middle, rows 2&3 and the other two rows on the outside facing in spaced far enough that the players feet almost reach the middle players feet, rows 1&4. Rows 1 & 3 are on one team and rows 2&4 are on the other team. The score keeper tosses an inflated balloon over the two middle rows to start the game. The team that hits the balloon over the other team gets the point. You are not allowed to get up out of your seat.

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Balloon Volleyball

There are three rows of chairs, all back to back. all the chairs facing one way are on a team and the chair facing the other side are on a team. You will need a trash can for each end. Fill three or four balloons with a little water (for weight). Toss a balloon “into the crowd”. teams try to pass the balloon to each other without the other team intercepting. the teams try to get the balloon into the trash can. whoever is playing cannot sit up from their chair, or the other team gets a free throw.

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