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Popping, Breaking Balloon Games
Bang Box
The Big Sneeze
Kaboom
Fang Bang
Don't Blow Your Top
Balloon Board Games
Curious George Matching Balloons
Balloon Toys
Balloon Pipes
Johnny Astro
Balloon Cars
Balloon Goop
Balloon Paste
Balloon Accessories
Talking Balloons
Balloons and Water
Water Balloons
Cool Potato
Megalithic Balloons
Giant Balloons
Balloon Skins
Balloon Balls/Rockets
Kinetic Balloons
Yo-yo balloons
Spinner
Helicopter
Rocket
Punch Balls
Remote Control Balloon
Balloons and Groups
Party Games
Crowd Control Games
Temporary Balloons
Games That Really Clean House
Balloons In Balloons In . . .
Balloon Stuffing

Bang Box Game, by Ideal
Bang Box cover picture. Players put a balloon into the box (right), then spin the spinner to decide how many nails get put into the top of the box. Sooner or later, someone drives the final nail! Bang Box contents picture.

The Big Sneeze, by Ideal
The Big Sneeze game picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. The object here is to build a house of cards without the opponent blowing it over. Players pump up the Big Sneezer, who has a balloon in his nose. Eventually the pressure builds, and the Big Sneezer lets go, demolishing the house of cards. Big Sneeze equipment picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.

KaBoom, by Ideal
Kaboom Game box picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. A "balloon busting game". Players load a balloon, and through some device - dice or a spinning card - are assigned their pump number. Eventually, the inevitable happens - the balloon bursts.

 

Contents of Kaboom picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.

Fang Bang"The Snake Makin' Balloon Breakin' Action Game"
Fang Bang cover picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. Players wear masks (which are included) and try to break the other players' snakes with their own snake's metal fangs. Players duel with balloon snakes to try and burst an opponent's balloon. Picture of Fang Bang contents. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.

Don't Blow Your Top, by Schaper
Don't Blow Your Top box picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. A game of balance and skill. The objective of the game is to drop marbles into the top of a hat. The hat sits on a balloon, which eventually breaks from the weight of the marbles. The loser is determined by who rolled the last marble. Schaper was the same company that made Cootie.

Curious George Match-A-Balloon Game, by Ravensburger.
Cover of Curious George Balloon game picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. Match a balloon game box picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.Curious George fans get to know their favorite character a little better with this game. The game features balloon cut-outs while introducing the concepts of color, matching and group play. Each child is given a game board that shows Curious George with balloons in 6 bright colors. Players roll the color die and place the matching discs on their balloons. The first player to cover his or her board wins, or all players can play cooperatively and help each other to fill all the boards.

 

This is a variation on a similar game, also by Ravensburger (shown on the right.) Each child participant works to cover their balloons with matching cut out balloons.

Magic Balloon Pipes, by the Van Dam Rubber Co, Inc.
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Magic Balloon Pipes cover picture. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.

This was a lot of fun for children. Blowing one end of the pipe inflated the balloon at the other. A marble in the bowl of the pipe kept the air from escaping. While you could spend many hours playing with these by yourself, balloon pipes could be shared with others, adding life to a party. The pictures show a set of wooden blow pipes made by the Van Dam Rubber Co, Inc.

Johnny Astro, by Topper Toys
Picture of Johnny Astro toy. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. "Johnny Astro" used a balloon to simulate a lunar module which flew around the room when guided with a fan (disguised as a satellite dish!) You had to keep the fan at an angle to the balloon. The fan had a variable speed control to change the force of air flow. The lander had legs which adhered to the body of the balloon, helping to keep it upright.
From Jeff Stein's: "This is a seriously cool toy, boys! Johnny Astro was one of a series of "Johnny" toys made by Topper Toys in the 1960's. As you can see from the picture, it has a futuristic console that allows you to control the action! It is really just a static plastic unit with a joystick to control the fan on the end. The left hand side of the console has a rheostat that controls the speed of the fan. You tape one of the enclosed gondolas to the underside of a balloon to use as a ship. Then, using the fan, you can make the ship take off, maneuver, hover, and land. It is a fun toy."
Images & text used with permission of J. Stein; 5/2000.
Picture of Johnny Astro box panel. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.

BALLOON CARS
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The principle at work is a lightweight vehicle, powered by a balloon with a controlled deflation that serves to 'push' the vehicle across a flat surface. These can be bought used at places like eBay. For a new balloon car, the Klutz Press people offer a pair for $10.00. Whheeeeee.......... ***smile*** TheBalloon Racers Set is viewable athttp://www.klutz.com/toys.cfm .

BALLOON PASTE
Picture of Blase Ban balloon paste box. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. Essentially a liquid plastic that you squeezed out of a tube, rolled into a ball, then attached the ball to a plastic straw. Blowing on the straw produced a large balloon, which theoretically could be taken off the straw and 'dried'. A recent brand of balloon plastic in a tube is called "Original Dr. Cohn Blase Ball Balloonpaste." It is made in Germany by R. Viegel Spiel-und Sportwarenfabrik Hauptstrabe 58 D-74376 Gemmrigheim. It is pictured at near right hand side.

"Super Elastic Bubble Plastic" was a Wham-O product that came in tubes. You squirted some out onto your finger, rolled it into a ball, stuck a straw into it and blew until you had a balloon. In late 1997 I came across a similar brand of balloon plastic in a tube called "Magic Plastic - the original resealable balloon kit". It is made in England; "an established toy since 1947." Pictured far right hand side.

As a child, I played with stuff like this. It smelled bad, and I never got anything like the bubbles shown on the package. At best I got a thick, smelly, bulging mass. Latex balloons worked much better for me.

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TALKING BALLOONS

What You Need:
Talkie Tapes are called by many names; Talkies, Talking Ribbons, Talking Strips, Talking Tapes, Talking Device, Talking Balloons. Just stick one end on a balloon, slide your thumbnail down the strip, and it will talk out loud.

What It Is:
It's a 24 inch red plastic strip audio recording; similar to the groove on a record, but straightened out. Us old folks that remember vinyl records can see that this is a record in linear form. A 1.5 second long ribbon played with the thumb nail as a needle. Talkie Tapes are played by sliding your thumbnail down the recorded side.

How They Work:
They must be attached to something (Greeting cards, Balloons, Advertising Boxes, etc.) to amplify the sound and give it a voice. An inflated object of any shape, size or material will TALK with a Talkie Tape attached (attach using a piece of adhesive tape or a sticker.) They're made of a thin piece of vinyl or plastic, and they have grooves on them just like an album. They are similar in theory to record albums. You hold or attach one end against a balloon or piece of paper, and run your fingernail over the grooves to produce a message. The balloon amplifies the sound.

Ideas For Use:
A Santa balloon becomes a TALKING SANTA - an ideal, inexpensive promotion to increase store traffic or for sale. An 18 inch foil balloon with a Talkie Tape is extremely loud. They can be used at balloon shops to add a buck or two to the sale: "Would you like to make that balloon talk?" Always say the message first - never say, "listen to this." By stating the message first, the listener is conditioned to hear the message, and they will understand it every time.

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WATER BALLOONS & GAMES
Picture of Sling King water balloon cannon. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. Picture of opened water balloon sling. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. Picture of hand-held water balloon slingshot. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.
Balloons filled with water instead of air. Usually very thin-walled, round balloons are used. They can be launched by hand, fired with a modified sling-shot, or launched with a catapult-like device. The sling shot is either hand-held (above, left) or a 3 person device (above, middle). Two people hold the band, stretching it taut, while the third person holds the balloon pouch, loads the water balloon, and releases. Theoretically, one person could use the 3 person launcher by holding the bands in each hand, and using their foot to control the launch pouch.

Ranges vary for each model. The hand-held sling shot is claimed to reach 75 feet or so, while the three person launcher can fire a water balloon as far as 300 yards. The launchers are generally sold with warnings not to fire water balloons at people or property, as some of these devices fire water balloons at 75 mph. The utility of a launcher, over simply tossing by hand or dropping from a height, is a little questionable. One place they are used is on boats, or at beaches, where there are either no targets, or targets are far enough away that the potential for harm is minimized.

Slingking at http://www.slingking.com sells a variety of water balloon launchers and slingshots. The Water Balloon CannonTM sends 3" balloons over 600 feet. They also sell the Water Balloon Launcher, which sends a water balloon a mere 300 feet - and still no good for close up work in the next water war.

Jonz Co. runs a site, http://www.sillytown.com, that sells a collection of balloon launchers, water balloons, and other items you can fire off from the launcher

At the Blowguns Northwest site http://www.blowgunsnw.com, they sell the Blaster and Launcher, with online video clips showing the equipment in action!. At the site, visitors can choose from several video clips, with launches of water balloons and T-shirts. The launchers are used to fire T-shirts into crowds as a promotional idea.

Cool Potato
Picture of Cool Potato box. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web. This is a water balloon game that comes with 12 balloons and a plastic face that fits over the top of the balloon. In the nose, there is a "Randomizer" which is a small ball that at unknown times pinches the balloon and breaks it. While waiting for that to happen, contestants throw the ticking time bomb water balloon around to one another. The game came with many assorted faces to choose from. The face on the cover is "Murf the Surf".

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Picture of Typhoon Balloon packaging. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.
GIANT BALLOONS
"Wham-O Super-balloons" are out of production. It was a tube of thin plastic, about 1 foot wide and 8 feet long that could be closed at the ends and thrown around.

I don't know if it is the same thing or not but Group Publishing, Box 485, Loveland, CO 80539 sells what they call Tube-a-Loon. It's as you describe but only 6" wide and about 6 feet long.

KIPP Brothers, Inc has a similar product, called 8 Foot Flying Rocket. Stock No. NC8773. Their telephone number is 800-428-1153.

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BALZAC BALLOON BALL by Wham-O
The Balzac Balloon Ball is a toy that comes with a large balloon (there is a small version available too, and I think they come with more than one balloon so you will have a "refill") that you put into a material cover that has a slit in it big enough to fit the uninflated balloon into and allow you to inflate the balloon by leaving the nozzle out of the material cover while blowing it up. Once the balloon is blown up enough to cause the material to fit snuggly around it you tie the balloon off and stuff the nozzle inside.

Picture of Balzac Rocket box. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.It is a very cool toy. The material really helps to keep the balloon from popping and when it does the pieces don't go everywhere as they are caught inside the material. The material is a very lightweight material (and the designs are very cool too) so you still get the effect of throwing a balloon around but with extra durability and safety.

It comes with the directions of doing things like adding rice, or water, or a coin or two to change the effects of what the ball will do. I have seen them at Toys R Us stores many times and my four children have enjoyed playing with them immensely, as have I. Definitely a great thing to bring along for party games too.
(Ed. note: 5/1/00 - A visit to the Wham-O website did not turn up the Balzac Balloon Ball.)

The Balloon Ball
The idea is similar to the Balzac Balloon ball. The Balloon Ball is a cloth cover put over a balloon. Now the balloon can be bounced, kicked, hit, whatever with less chance of the balloon popping. You can learn more about the Balloon Ball at the manufacturer's site, which they say will soon have photos. The cover fits ballons up to 16", and provides a fun, easy way to keep kids entertained for hours. The company is located in Canada.

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YO-YO BALLOONS
What They Are:
Yo-yo balloons are thick-walled, small, round balloons that are filled 1/2 and 1/2 with water and air. They inflate to approximately 3" in size. A long elastic with a loop on one end for a finger is attached to the neck of the tied, inflated balloon. When thrown down, the water in the balloon pulls down while the elastic brings it back up, insuring this "yo-yo" to ALWAYS return! The balloons come in a range of colors (or with no color, as a clear), with color lines as decoration.

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Where To Get Them:

Sales & Tips:

Accessories:

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Photo of spinner balloon. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.Spinners
A flat, round balloon with a nozzle coming off the edge at an angle. It spins and whistles as it deflates. T. Myers sells them. They are manufactured by Suzuki Latex. It looks like the minimum order is a box of 74, though this is not certain. T. Myers makes them available in smaller quantities.

Helicopter Balloons
Photo of a helicopter balloon. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.Offered by Suzuki Latex. It looks like the minimum order is a box of 24. T.Myers sells these, and says "Flies great. Really, this thing goes up and up and up." Easy to use, well-built, and fun inside or outside. If using it outside, watch for winds that will take this and drop it on your roof.

Rocket Balloons
Photo of a rocket balloon. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.Offered by Suzuki Latex. It looks like the minimum amount is a box of 74. T. Myers sells these in smaller quantities. The twister blows this up with a straw (included), then lets it go. It squeals and squeaks and screams as it flies. One end has a small weight to help the rocket fly level. The rocket balloon is reusable.

Punch Balls
A punch balloon is a thick walled latex balloon with a rubber band attached. Push your hand through the rubber band and bounce the balloon back and forth. Some people put in a teaspoon of sugar or rice inside, and then blow up the balloon. Makes a great noise and the kids love it!

Incredible Balloon (1-800-347-3623 PST) sells a version, called the Peacock Balloon. They are made by Suzuki Latex, which also sells them. The Peacock Balloon is "a magnificent globe of colorful swirls injected directly into the latex." The picture shows a balloon with a surface similar to the inside covers of old books, where the paper was decorated with a pattern of ink carefully swirled on water or some other fluid.

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Photo of mylar motorized balloon. BHQ - the most complete collection of balloon info on the web.REMOTE CONTROL BALLOON
Looking for a radio controlled flying saucer or blimp? Plantraco http://www.rcsaucer.com has just what you need. They write "The dream of a radio controlled flying machine that can be flown indoors has been realized." The realization is in the form of the Tri-Turbofan and Twin-Turbofan Saucers and Blimps, which can be flown from the comfort of your own chair. Re-live the Hindenburg in the living room! From their descriptions, it sounds like a fun way to spend some hours flying in the house.

 

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PARTY GAMES

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Games and Activities For Crowd Control

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Temporary Balloons - Bubbles!

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Games and Activities For Crowd Control

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Temporary Balloons - Bubbles!

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Games That Really Clean House

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Balloon Stuffing

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Looking for a distinctively different special balloon for the guest of honor at a party? Have you made a 'Marvelous Miniature' that you want to showcase, at least for as long as the balloon lasts? Then consider using a balloon stuffing machine. An economical balloon stuffing machine was the Faballoon Balloon Maker. Balloon stuffing machines create a vacuum around the balloon, expanding it enough to put small stuffed animals or balloon animals inside. While balloon stuffing machines cost hundreds of dollars, the Faballoon Balloon Maker sold for $29.99 because the vacuum was created and maintained with a hand pump. Faballoon is not the only choice for a low cost machine, though, so while Faballoon is discontinued, looking will probably turn up another brand for about the same price.

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