Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Balloon Pop Russian Roulette Style


Want a game that builds excitement as it goes? This one is for you. Play this as an upfront game for a guaranteed hit with your group.

Bring 5 volunteers up to the stage. Have each volunteer sit in a chair on the stage FACING the audience. Each volunteer will then be blindfolded.

Get an adult leader to pass in front of the volunteers holding a bag/box with 5 inflated balloons in it. The volunteers will quickly grab one as the leader passes by. One of the 5 inflated balloons will also contain shaving cream.

After the contestants have their balloon, the game leader says go! The 5 volunteers then simultaneously pop their balloons. One volunteer will be covered with shaving cream. He/she is now out of the game.

Remove the creamed volunteer and repeat the same process with the remaining 4 volunteers. Remember to keep the volunteers blindfolded.

Keep going until only 1 volunteer remains. He/she is the winner. Make sure to have a cool prize on hand for him or her.

NOTES: If you have a large group, you may want to use a video feed to cue in on the volunteer that has the loaded balloon. This ensures that every kid in the room can see the startled response of the shocked volunteer. Also, you will want to use darker colored balloons to mask the shaving cream from anybody that might be cheating. Don’t fill them too much because that will be a dead giveaway to the volunteers NOT to choose that particular balloon. And finally, this is supposed to be a quick game, so make sure you don’t slow it down by:

  1. Taking too long to choose the students
  2. Taking too long to blindfold them
  3. Not having the correct number of balloons already inflated and filled with shaving cream. Make sure to make extras of both the air filled and air/cream filled balloons. The last thing you want is to run out of balloons in the middle of the game because you did not prep a few extras!

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.


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    November 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Good game, though a bit hard to get the balloon choosing to go smoothly

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