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Learning Intention

Water balloons is a passing and catching activity that promotes soft hands when catching

Band Level

3 - 4, 5 - 6, Skill Development

Content Description


Skill Focus

Catching, Throwing


  • Marker cones
  • Filled water balloons


  1. Divide your group into pairs facing each other along 2 lines with 1 player in each pair given a filled water balloon.
  2. The objective is to throw the water balloon between each pair.
  3. On each successful catch, the players each take 1 step back.
  4. If the balloon breaks, players sit at the spot and wait until the last balloon has broken.
  5. The pair with the greatest distance between them wins.

Change It...

Progression to balls of various sizes


  • Use larger balls, set distances


  • Use smaller balls, set distances


  • The use of water balloons is to promote soft hands when catching


  • What can we do with our hands to stop the balloon from breaking?