Looking for a fun and physical way to celebrate Read Across America Day? Try this chaotic balloon game inspired by The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss. Kids practice the alphabet while trying to keep 1, 2, 3, or even 26 balloons up in the air!
26 balloons (preferably red and white in honor of the Cat in the Hat)
Black permanent marker
4 or more players (the more the better)
What You Do:
Inflate all 26 balloons (just air, no helium). You may want to get some help for this one!
Write one letter of the alphabet on each of the balloons with the marker and draw a cat face on some of the balloons.
Now, start the game! Have the kids form a circle. Toss balloon A into the circle, shouting "A" as you do. Have the players shout "A" back. The object of the game is to keep the balloon in the air and prevent it from touching the ground.
Let the kids toss balloon A around a bit, then add balloon B to the mix. Make sure you shout the letter name!
Continue adding the rest of the balloons, shouting out each letter as you do. It may get a little chaotic, but keep going—the more balloons, the better!
Once a balloon hits the ground, have everyone stop and recite the alphabet once, and then resume playing. Keep going until all the balloons are in play!
This activity was inspired by the book "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" by Dr. Seuss. Random House, Inc. New York. 1958.