The Balloon Battle is a great energizer to get everyone moving while creating a situation to introduce some concepts like team strategy, team work, collaboration, partnership and win-win situation.
running the activity
- instruct everyone to tie a balloon to their left foot (you need balloon and strings for all participants)
- divide the large group into several smaller groups
- instruct everyone about the team’s mission and the game duration:
“All teams have the same goal: to protect the team balloons. The game goes for 3 minutes, at the end we will count and announce the team with highest number of the full balloons.”
- Say go and count down 3 minutes.
Typically the participants will have lots of fun. Many people might run around and attack other people balloons. At the end of the game you can have conversations about team work, team strategy, perception of responsibility, and my favorite: the competitive human nature, which, at times, work against a win-win situation. For instance, if no one moves and attack other people balloons, every team accomplishes the goal of protecting the team’s balloons, and every team ends the highest number of full balloons. Interesting enough, I have never seen or heard about this outcome.