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Balloons Games Balloon Goal

( Balloons, Chase and Catch, Physical Contest )

The game is played with two toy balloons preferably twelve inches in diameter one red and one blue which are struck with the open hand only. When the gas of the balloon is exhausted the rubber bag may be refilled with the breath when it will be found still to float sufficiently in the air for the purposes of the game.

The class is divided into two teams preferably designated by colors corresponding to the balls worn on the arm or otherwise. The teams are assigned by rows across the room from side to side the first row of pupils belonging to the red team the second to the blue the third to the red etc. Four goals are formed by stretching a tape diagonally across each of the four corners of the room about five feet from the floor the goals in the diagonally opposite corners having the same colors two of red and two of blue. The game consists in hitting the balloon with the open hand so that it will float down behind a goal tape the red balloon scoring when it enters the red goals and the blue balloon when it enters the blue goals. There are no goal guards but it is the object of all players belonging to the red team to get the red balloon into the red goals and of the blue team to keep it out. Similarly the object of the blue team is to get the blue balloon into the blue goals and of the red team to keep it out.

The game starts by the teacher putting the balloons in play by tossing them up in the center of the room when each side immediately begins to play for them. It has been found that with two balloons and four goals and the interference offered by fixed seats and desks it is unnecessary to limit the players to any given area. This however may be done should play become rough.

A score keeper scores one for each team making a goal with its balloon but the game continues without interruption the balloon being at once put in play again by the teacher.

A fifteen-minute game should be divided into at least three periods the teacher signaling for a rest at the end of each five minutes.

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