A bag of candy, a bag of apples, a bag of rags to a bag of finger & toenail clippings… Whatever you choose for prizes will bring out the tricks & treats in this version of the “bobbin for apples” game.
A tub, bathtub or any kind of barrel that’s used in the apple game will work. It will be filled with water and played the same way except instead of apples you will be “bobbin for balloons.”
Here is the setup.
Each balloon will contain a tiny piece of folded paper revealing a prize. There doesn’t have to be a prize for every balloon, just leave the paper blank for the ones with no prize. Write down the prizes on the paper and push a piece of paper in each balloon. To weight the balloons down beans or fish gravel can be added to each balloon. Add different amounts to submerge balloons at different levels allowing some to lie on top surface of water some in mid-water and some on the bottom. Then blow each balloon up and tie it off in a knot to keep the air.
Fill the chosen container for the game with water and drop in the balloons. When each person bobs for a balloon they’ll have to be careful because if they bite down too hard the balloon could burst. If it bursts they’ve lost. For more of a challenge use a watch and time the participants. Each participant could get for example, one minute or say thirty seconds.
The secret to getting a balloon is to bite the blow hole or the part that’s been tied off.
Once a participant gets a balloon they will have to pop it to see what they’ve won or if they’ve won.
It can be dangerous for a balloon to pop in someone’s face. It may cause redness, burning, stinging, swelling, cuts, bruises, an eye injury, an ear or throat injury or other problems.
The game should be played a safe distance from anything breakable such as glass or from anything that can easily get knocked down.
The game should be played away from pets or other animals and birds that could get hurt.
Another way to add balloons into a party recipe is to include them in a piñata.
Before blowing up balloons fill them with candy and then blow them up. Put one piece of candy into each balloon if you prefer. Then when the piñata gets a whack some of the balloons may burst along with the piñata and when they hit the ground or they may bounce off the ground.
Poppers or snappers that are usually found year round in some stores, which are thrown onto the pavement for a bang, will also give a bang to piñatas. Open a box or two of the poppers and drop them into the piñata with the balloons. You could even put poppers into the balloons at the time you are filling them with candy.
Hang the piñata over sidewalk, porch or pavement so that when the piñata bursts the poppers will fall and hit the pavement surprising everyone at the bang.
Anything that can pop or explode is dangerous and precautions should be taken to prevent injuries.