Water Balloon Toss Game Rules and Instruction

Rules and instructions on how to play the water balloon toss game.

One of the most popular water balloon games is the water balloon toss. It is a fun and often messy game that both adults and children can enjoy.

Whenever the weather is warm, it is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some fun games!  On the hottest days of Summer, the best games to play are ones that involve water balloons and water pistols, as participants can keep cool as they play.

This game is a simple throwing contest that challenges each player’s ability to catch a fragile water balloon that is thrown over a long distance by a team mate. Failure to catch the balloon often means that you end up covered in water!

It is hilarious to see players splashed with water after a failed attempt at catching a balloon and lots of laughs are guaranteed. All you need to play is a few water balloons, some water, a bucket and a group of players ready to have some fun.

Water Balloon Toss Setup

Who can play the water ballon toss game?

This game is suitable for both children and adults. However, because it requires players to catch a water-filled balloon, it is best played by people who are older than 5 years of age as they will have sufficient hand-eye coordination.

What do you need to play the water ballon toss game?

To play the water ballon toss game you will need:

  • Water
  • Water balloons ( As many water balloons as there are teams )
  • Buckets to hold the water-filled balloons
  • A bunch of people ready to have some fun!

How do you play the water balloon toss game?

Water balloon toss game rules.

The rules are simple!  To play the water balloon toss game:

Step 1: Divide all of the participants into two-player teams. Each team is then given a water balloon.

Step 2: Have the teams form two lines, so the partners in each team are facing each other. The lines should be about 3 feet apart initially.

Step 3: When you say go, the player who is currently holding the water balloon must attempt to throw it to their partner.

Step 4: If the water balloon breaks ( either by hitting the person or falling on the ground ), that team is out until the next round. If their partner successfully catches the water balloon, their team continues to play. If the water balloon lands on the ground but somehow doesn’t break, that team can pick it up and continue playing.

Step 5: After all of the teams have thrown their water balloon, the teams that still have an intact balloon will take a step backwards from their partner, so the next throw will be over a greater distance.

As the distance between players increases, it becomes harder to successfully catch the water balloon. The game referee will wait until all teams have thrown their water balloon before instructing successful teams to take a step back and throw again.

Step 6: Play continues with teams tossing the water balloon to one another until there is only one team left. That team wins!

Water Balloon Toss – Game variations

Water balloon game variations.

Here are a few fun variations of the water balloon toss game, which are just as exciting:

Basket catch

This is an interesting variation that can lead to even more destroyed water balloons and more saturated players! To play it, you will need:

  • A plastic bucket with holes in it
  • Water balloons

Divide the players into teams of two and give each team 10 water balloons. Start the game with the players in each team standing a few feet apart. One player will attempt to lob a water balloon into the basket, which is being held by the other player. 

The team will receive one point for each balloon that is caught in the basket without bursting. After throwing 5 balloons, the team will change roles, so they get equal turns throwing and catching. The winning team is the one that has the most points at the end of the round.

Water balloon catch

This is a simple twist on the water balloon game that makes it even more challenging! Start the game in the same way as you would the water balloon toss game, with each player standing about 5 feet away from their partner.

Instead of tossing the same water balloon back and forth to your team mate, the goal is to catch as many water balloons as possible within 30 seconds. The person catching the balloons will have their hands full as more balloons are being thrown at them. 

This leads to some funny moments as they try to preserve the balloons in their arms and go for more catches. Similar to a standard water balloon toss game, players will take a step back after each successful catch.

Whichever team has the most intact balloons left after the time limit is up will be the winner.

Blindfolded water balloon toss game

If you really want to ensure that someone gets wet, play the water balloon toss game with one of the players in each team blindfolded.

The thrower will have to give the blindfolded player directions on which way to move to successfully catch the balloon. If the blindfolded person somehow manages to catch it, they get to throw it back – which is also hilarious because the throws are often in the wrong direction!

Water balloon toss – relay mode

This makes for a great relay race idea. This is an exciting variation that is slightly more competitive than regular water balloon toss. Start by dividing all of the players into two teams. Have the teams form a line each, where each player is about 10 feet away from the next player in line.

Both teams will start with a a bucket of 10 water balloons. The objective of the game is to throw a water balloon along the line, so each player has to catch and throw it. If the water balloon successfully makes it to the end of the line intact, that team earns 1 point.

Teams can only have one water balloon active on their line at once. They are only allowed to pick up another water balloon if the previous one has either burst or made it to the end of the line.

The game is over when both teams have used all of the water balloons in their buckets. The winner is the team with the most balloons at the end of their line.

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How to play the water balloon toss game.
Water ballon toss game instructions and rules.