Making balloon animals is a fun and creative skill that tends to yield all sorts of new toys and games.
What’s in it for your child?
- Even though it can be practiced alone, making balloon animals is a very social skill
- This skill helps kids develop improved dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination
- Your child will need an assortment of balloons in various colours and something to inflate the balloons with, usually an air pump (it can be difficult to inflate balloons via the mouth)
- It helps to have some step-by-step instructions in image or video format
- The easiest animal to make is the wiener dog, a long-bodied animal made with one balloon and several twists
Tips and tricks
- Be sure not to over-inflate or under-twist: precision is important with this skill
- Before going on to make balloon animals out of two or more balloons, your child can create a veritable menagerie of one-balloon animals: dogs, giraffes, monkeys, bears and even an elephant’s head, ears and trunk
- Balloons can be used for more than just animals: try making swords, helmets and wands