An informal icebreaker game for lots of fun and getting rid of excess energy!
A good supply of large blown up balloons.
An impartial and very firm referee!
Refreshments for recovery afterwards.
Grades 3 - 6 (9 to 12 years).
This is a good mixer game provided there are strict rules. Nobody
may stand up at any time during a game. If boys are too rough, then
handicap them in some way. For example they could be blindfolded
or only allowed to use their "bad" hand and hold their other hand behind
their backs etc. Absolutely no rough play should be allowed.
Balloon Hockey Game:
Balloon Hand-ball is played indoors. Set out two rows of 10 to 20
chairs facing each other about 2 metres apart. Select two teams of
equal numbers of boys and girls. Seat both teams in the same
girl-boy-girl order on both sides of the chair rows.
The game is played by tossing a balloon into the centre of the players.
The teams are told which way they must bat the balloon with their
hands. A goal is scored if the balloon is batted beyond the last
Play time is restricted to five minutes, or for three minutes each way by
changing the playing directions. If a balloon bursts, or if a
balloon goes out of play over the chairs, then restart the game by
tossing the balloon in the centre again. Keep a record of goals
scored and then switch teams. Continue until all teams have played
and then hold the play-off final. Exhausted teams can be revived