What You’ll Need
- 1 balloon per player (plus extras in case any pop)
- 9 boxes larger than the balloons
- Paper and pencil to keep score
What to Do
- Number the boxes from 1 to 9.
- Spread the boxes around your space.
- Pick a starting spot where you’ll tee off from for box 1.
The first player hits his balloon into the air once, aiming for box 1. Once the balloon touches the ground, he remembers that spot and then holds onto his balloon while other players tee off.
After all players have hit their balloon once, the first player takes another stroke to get his balloon to box 1. Each hit of the balloon is a stroke. When a player gets his balloon to box 1, he records how many strokes it took.
Once all players finish with box 1, they hit from there to box 2 in the order in which they finished box 1. An extra stroke is added to a player’s score if the balloon gets stuck somewhere and needs to be moved. No extra stroke is added if a balloon pops.
Optional: While a balloon is still in the air after a hit, the player can blow to move the balloon without this counting as an extra stroke. But if a player touches the balloon or it touches the ground, the player hits from that spot and adds a stroke to his score.
Extend the Fun
Younger kids: Think about the size of the balloon and the size of the boxes. Which one is larger? What would happen if the box were smaller than the balloon? If you had only small boxes, how could you still play the game? (Hint: You control the size of the balloons because you inflate them.)
Older kids: Golf courses often have obstacles, called hazards. Hazards are usually water or a hole filled with sand. Think about making your own hazard by adding a kiddie pool or sandbox to your course. Or come up with your own challenges by placing boxes in harder to reach spots, like the other side of a tree or bush.