Summer is the perfect chance to take learning outside! Whether your preschoolers are at home or in the classroom, outdoor learning activities are a wonderful way to make certain subjects, like math, more interesting. Math games for kids are always a fun way to learn new math concepts, but during the summer even more fun is to be had! Adding water balloons to the mix takes outdoor math games to a new level of learning and fun, the options are endless.
You can always make up your own fun games to play with water balloons, but Banish Boredom is a wonderful resource for more fun outdoor activities to try this summer! Here’s a math game you can try with your little learner today.
Water Balloon Math
- Permanent marker
- Hula hoops
- Water balloons
Set It Up:
- Sandwich skewers within folded lengths of duct tape to make four of five flags. With a permanent marker, write numbers (these will be the solutions to the problems, so choose them based on your child’s math skill levels).
- Lay hula hoops or circles of rope on the ground and insert the flags.
- Fill balloons with water (big box stores sell kits with a hose attachment, making this step really easy). On the balloons, write problems with answers that match the flag numbers.
Two Ways to Play:
Bomb the Test
Players pick a balloon, then, standing a few feet back, toss it at the target marked with the correct solution. A hit scores a point. The player with the most points wins.
Have kids play catch, tossing each balloon the number of times equal to the problem’s solution (if the balloon reads “2+3,” toss it 5 times). Players who drop the balloon get a point (and get wet). The player with the fewest points wins.