Most of the country has been experiencing a heat wave and few things help us beat the heat more than water. My kids love swimming and running through a sprinkler, but water balloons are an extra special treat for them. We have had fun learning and playing with a Water Balloon Phonics game. They sell water balloons at the dollar store but I don’t use them a lot because they just take forever to fill up and are tossed and broken before you know it. So I devised the idea of having a water balloon hunt.
The other day I was reading the June/July issue of Family Fun Magazine and saw a great idea a reader Billie Tylec had for a water balloon hunt. Looking for a way to extend our water balloon play, I thought this sounded perfect. But I know my kids. One of them would end up finding a lot more and the others would be upset. So I had to come up with a way to make things fair yet still fun. I decided to assign each child a shape and then draw that shape on some of the balloons. The kids could only pick up balloons that had their shape on it.
If I did not have this blog, I would have just written their names on the balloons, but I try to keep my kids names off of here so shapes seemed like a good idea. It also reinforces shape recognition!
You will need:
- Water balloons
- Permanent Marker