The Great Water Balloon Duel


It may be June, but the 4th of July is approaching. Hopefully, you’ll be going somewhere with a pool. If you’re hosting your own party and are expecting many people of various ages to attend, here is an activity to keep every one entertained: the Great Water Balloon Duel!!! Duels were popular in the 1700’s and 1800’s in the United States. Some of our founding fathers even dueled including Alexander Hamilton. I personally, prefer this version of the duel because no one dies.Even if you’re not from the U.S. or planning on celebrating the Fourth of July, this is a fun summer game to play. One pack of water balloons costs between $5-$15.

Materials Needed:

  1. Enough water balloons for the party, which will vary based on your guest list
  2. 2 large buckets or 2 unfilled water coolers
  3. A family bracket with people organized by height
  4. A stick to divide the lawn into two spaces

The Story/ Instructions:

Place a stick of some sort on even ground to divide the playing field in two. Fill up two large buckets with water balloons and place them close to where you would want two lines to form. Each bucket should have its own color to represent 2 sides.

Have everyone partner up with someone that’s the same height as them or close to the same height. Mark everyone’s name down on the bracket based on height. You can and should have multiple brackets that are primarily based on heights. You can decided that anyone 5’2 and above is in the adult bracket and anyone under that height is in the kids bracket. Next, have everyone line up so that there are two lines a partner on either side of the line.

Only one pair can play at a time. Have the dueling pair stand back to back with the stick separating their feet with a water balloon in his or her dominant hand. The competitors should take ten steps as everyone slowly counts to ten. Then, the duelers should turn and throw the water balloon as fast as he or she can. The person who gets hit or is hit the fastest is the loser. Mark the winner’s name down on the bracket and continue. If the balloons miss, then the pair should go to the back of the line.

Repeat until you have a champion dueler.

If you like this or try this, let us know !

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