Simple Water Balloon Yoyos

These water balloon yoyos are easy to make and fun to play with! Your kids will love bouncing these water balloon yoyos up and down and spinning them around!


The most fun DIY toys are usually the simplest. And you can’t get simpler than a water balloon yoyo!

If you are stuck at home with nothing to do with the kids, this is the perfect activity to get your kids playing outdoors. It takes 2 minutes to set up, and your kids will have a blast.

How to Make a Water Balloon Yoyo


  • Water balloons
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors


  1. Fill up a water balloon.
  2. Tie off the water balloon.
  3. Cut the rubber band so it’s a long string.
  4. Tie one end of the rubber hand to the balloon.

That’s it! How easy was that! 

Give the water balloon yoyos to your kids and let them bounce them around. You can experiment with different rubber bands. Some were too thick and wasn’t elastic enough. Some were too thin and snapped. So like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you need to find one that’s just right.

Of course, my kids decided to go nuts with the yoyos and spun the water balloons around and around. Surprisingly, the water balloon stayed attached to the rubber band the whole time. It wasn’t until my kids let go of the water balloon yoyo so that it flew through the air and landed on the driveway that it popped.

We also tried tying the rubber band in a different way. Instead of cutting the rubber band, we left it intact and just looped the rubber band around the end of the balloon. This way, the kids can hold the loop and bounce the water balloon up and down.


Final Thoughts on Water Balloon Yoyos

If you have a kid who loves water like my son, this activity can entertain him or her for a long time. You may want to make a dozen or so of these, put them in a bucket, and let your kids have fun with them outside.

Water balloon yoyos are also great for play dates and even parties. They are low cost but tons of fun for the kids.

The only thing to watch out for is your kid launching the water balloon at you!

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