Balloon Fun For Toddlers

In our home we keep a packet of balloons in a kitchen drawer for balloon fun at a moments notice. With appropriate supervision balloons can provide hours of fun. This activity was set up as encouragement for my twins to practice standing or possibly walking! But there is alot of balloon fun to had with this set-up at any age.

Balloon Fun develops:

  • Gross motor skills.
  • Fine motor skills.
  • Language development through talking about the activity and labelling objects and colours.
  • Cognitive ability through cause and effect.
  • Social / Emotional development through feeling safe to use and develop new skills.Balloon Fun 2

Ooffa is able to stand on his own. This activity encourages him to practice this skill because the balloons are just out of reach.

Balloon Fun
 
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Recipe type: Play
What you'll need
  • Five balloons
  • Sticky tape
  • String
  • Somewhere to hang the cluster from
  • Optional: Fabric balloon covers
Instructions
  1. Blow up the balloons.
  2. Fasten the five balloons together with sticky tape.
  3. Tie a length of string to the cluster of balloons.
  4. Find an area to hang the balloons from then secure the string so that the balloons are floating above the floor at a height that the child will need to stand in order to touch the balloons.
  5. Provide objects for the child to pull themselves up on.
Notes
When using balloons with babies and young children, please ensure that their play is supervised. Please don't allow them to 'mouth' the balloons. If any balloons pop or deflate immediatly clear away to avoid a choking hazard.

Balloon Fun 1Simplify this activity by lowering the balloons further, providing extra balloon fun without the demands of standing.

Balloon FunExtend this activity for the older toddler through a fun game of identifying the colours and then hit the balloon colour that is called out.

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