All children love water balloons! At least my children are itching to get their hands on them once the weather starts getting warmer. There are many ways to take a fun summer pastime and turn it into a learning opportunity for our kids.
Number Racing (all ages) - Mark balloons with the numbers 1-5 and place them in a bucket. (Repeat) Your children will race to see who can get all five balloons in the other bucket first. They must place them one at a time in number order. Supplies (10 water balloons, permanent marker, 4 buckets)
Adaptation for toddlers- change from a race to a fun activity- help your child to identify numbers from 1 to 5 and place in the bucket.
Tip: make sure the marker dries before playing. Otherwise it will wipe off onto your child’s hands.
Relay Racing (all ages) - My kids balanced a water balloon on a cup and raced from one end of the yard to the other. Great for gross motor development and balance. Also wonderful for family team building!
Math Target (all ages) – Practice addition skills with this summer fun game. Draw a target with chalk on a fence or sidewalk. Give each section a value. Each player gets 3 balloons. Add the total of 3 tosses. The winner has the highest score! I was concerned that the chalk would wash off with the first toss, but it actually stayed on the fence.