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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 


  • Skewers
  • Permanent marker
  • Hula hoops
  • Water balloons

Set It Up:

  1. 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).
  2. Lay hula hoops or circles of rope on the ground and insert the flags.
  3. 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.

Splash Math

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. 

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