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  • Writer's pictureI-yatah K. Holness

3 Fun and Easy Ways to Play with Balloons

Make Texture Balloons

Tactile sensory play is all about touch!  All children like to explore, discover and experiment with their surroundings and sensory play does just that. The great thing about texture balloons is that anyone can playwith them, and they can play with the messy stuff without making a mess!

All you need are:

  • Balloons

  • Things to put inside the balloons(anything from Sand, Salt, Marbles, Play Dough, Rice, water, paint, water beads…)

  • Funnel

  1. Blow up your balloon as big as you can and hold it for a few seconds before letting the air out. This way you will get a good size sensory balloon when you fill it.

  2. Use the funnel to fill the balloons, then tie them closed when they are the size you like.

  3. Let your little one loose squeezing, throwing, dropping, rolling and whatever else they can think of doing with their texture balloons!

**For even more of a challenge, you can make the balloons yourself, and have the materials that you used set out on a table in little bowls. Your little one can try to guess what is in each balloon as they squeeze and play with it.

Balloon-Popping Calendar Countdown

Which little kid doesn’t love popping balloons? This is a fun way to pop a balloon each day as you do a calendar count down! Bonus: cute little surprises inside each balloon!

  1. Decide how many balloons you will need and put them aside.

  2. Decide what you want to put into the balloons (small drawings made by your little picasso, small toys, cute messages, fun things to do,etc.) and make as many as the number of balloons you will use. Fill up your balloons.

  3. Blow up as many balloons as you will need for your countdown.

  4. Write numbers on your balloons with a Sharpie marker.

  5. Tape your balloons to the wall in order

  6. Get to popping!

Balloon Badminton

Balloon badminton is a great way for kids to practice hand-eye coordination and balance as they hit the balloon and try to keep it off the ground. This is also a great game to get some energy out without breaking anything in the house! Bonus: They can also practice taking turns if they play with a sibling! Bonus bonus: it’s SUPER easy to do!

All you need is a balloon, some paper plates, masking tape and popsicle sticks. Just tape a popsicle stick to the back of each paper plate to make a handle, blow up your balloon, and you are good to go!

You can make 1 for each player, or 2 to make it more interesting. For more of a challenge, you can blow up two balloons and try to keep them both from touching the floor.

Happy hitting!

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