Games & Icebreakers, Outdoor Games

Balloon Mouth


Only play this game inside if you want to get fired! Now that you’ve been warned, let’s get down to how it’s played.

It’s called Balloon Mouth and it’s really simple to pull off, but will give your students a great time. All you need are students, a ton of pre-filled water balloons, and some 5-gallon buckets. Here’s what you do.

Divide your group into equal teams and line each team up behind a bucket that is filled with 15 water balloons. It’s important that each bucket contains the same number of balloons. 20 feet away from each lined-up team is another bucket that’s empty.

When the game leader says GO, the first person in the line bends down and grabs a water balloon from the bucket – using ONLY his/her mouth – and runs it to the empty bucket and carefully drops it in. As soon as the first person has successfully grabbed a balloon from the first bucket and has started running toward the second bucket, the next person in line does the same thing.

At the end of the game (whether you set a time limit…or based on balloons popped) the team with the most balloons in the second bucket wins.

Have fun!

NOTE: Since this is sort of like a relay race, make sure you limit the number of players to 5 students on each team. That way, students in the back of the line do not get bored. The action keeps everyone moving.

Idea by Lizzy


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Sarah
    July 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I’m sorry – I forgot to rate this game! We really liked it, so I definitely give it a 5, unless your group of kids are really sensitive to spit 🙂

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