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BUTTERFLY BALLOON BURST - SETUP & DIRECTIONS
(Short Carnival Savers video/gif below shows bean bag popping balloon on a large butterfly-shaped balloon game.)
Supplies for Butterfly Balloon Burst Game:
Homemade Butterfly Game (see details below)
(Butterfly themed or spring make this game extra fun!)
Make This Game:
1 Large Piece of Plywood (we used 1/2 inch plywood)
Days/weeks before your carnival, draw a butterfly design on your board and paint with assorted the acrylic paint. After the paint drys completely, have an adult attach the medium sized clothespins to the board (on their sides - see image above) about 8 inches apart using 1 inch long, thin nails.
Note: We tried attaching the clothespins flat to the board, but found sometimes when a players tossed bean bags, they hit a clothespin and released a balloon! By attaching the clothespins on their side using a nail through the metal part of the pin, this does not tend to happen!
To attach the tacks to the board. Each tack should be about 4 - 5 inches below each clothespin, again using the hot glue gun. If the tack is "dead center" under the balloon, the balloons will be too easy to pop! You can also make some of the tacks "off center" by about 2 inches, to make this game a little bit more difficult!
A few days before the carnival, volunteers inflate balloons and place in large garbage sacks (that have weights like baseballs) to prevent them from blowing away at an outside event.
The day of the event, bring your pre-made game to your event and secure with bungee cords around a tree or fence to prevent a breeze from knocking over your game. (See picture below)
Volunteers will clip the balloons on your game being careful to watch for the tacks on the board.
Set out your stand behind lines, ticket box and display your prizes!
Bungee Cords to Secure Game
How to Play the Butterfly Balloon Burst Game:
Players are given 3 Bean Bags for a chance to pop a balloon (or more) to win a top prize.
Additional Hints & Tips:
Note: For younger children, you may wish to give them 4 bean bags or let them stand 1 - 2 feet closer to the board so they have a chance to win at this game too!
Todder standing a few feet closer to toss the beanbags.
Please follow the guideline of the Consumer Product Safety Commission with regards to balloons, broken balloons and young children. Click here to download this child balloon safety pdf.
Allergy Information: We just learned that people who have severe latex allergies can have a reaction to bursting balloons. For schools, it may be wise to talk with administrators to verify all child allergies first. Also, consider changing this game to the "Butterfly Bean Bag Toss." Cut out 4 - 6 holes in the wings for the bean bags!