6 Balloon Crafts and Activities That Will Instantly Lift Your Mood
Balloons are instant fun — and these balloon crafts, games, and activities are fun on fun on fun.
Deena Campbell and Sarah Burns
Okay, so we're all agreed: Balloons rank pretty high among kids' favorite things to play with. And luckily for parents everywhere, balloons don't require tons of money or supervision: Just blow them up, and let the games begin!
We’ve done some digging and rounded up our favorite balloon activities for lazy spring days. If you’re a balloon-loving crew, you've come to the right place.
1. Pom-Pom Balloons
How do you make balloons even more ridiculously appealing? Glue pom poms to helium filled balloons! There’s something so magical and enchanting about balloons decorated with colorful pom-poms. Try this craft at home in under 20 minutes — or even less time for small balloons. But there is one small caveat: For best results (meaning: not popping the balloons) you must be gentle when applying the pom-poms. Say it with us: “I. Will. Be. Gentle.” Got it? Good. Check out how to create this craft at Design Improvised.
2. Balloon Yo-Yos
Balloons are right at the intersection of fun and creativity, and this activity is the perfect example of why. Typically you don’t think of a balloon as a yo-yo, but it can be! Fill an inflated balloon with rice (or small beans), tie it to a rubber band, attach it to at least 3 other rubber bands. Tada! An instant playmate for kids under 5 years old. Get complete details on how to do this fun activity at Tinkerlab.
3. Wacky Sacks Stress Balls
Work is stressful, kids are stressful, and life in a pandemic can be the ultimate stresser. We get it. Look to these wacky stress balls to lessen the pressure for everyone! Grab a bag of balloons and have fun: Draw cute faces to depict each family member, draw emojis, or invent your own stress monsters to squish. Tip: For mess-free fun, fill them with play-doh instead of flour and sugar. For more details visit SomewhatSimple.
4. Create Make Believe Characters
The beauty of pretend play is that there aren’t any rules — and it's maximum fun with minimum ingredients and effort. Grab a balloon and some markers and let your imaginations run wild creating a cast of kooky characters to take on floaty adventures.
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5. Balloon Paint Stamping
What's not to love about painting? Aside from developing fine motor skills, there’s something freeing about painting: It’s a great way to encourage self-expression, and it's been shown to reduce anxiety, too (major bonus). If you've never tried painting without a paintbrush, you might be surprised at how many everyday things you can use to paint with ... like — you guessed it — balloons! Upgrade your next painting session with balloons by simply dipping a small balloon into a mix of colors. Get step-by-step instructions at I Heart Arts n Crafts.
6. Create a balloon photo shoot
Does everybody need a break from their phones? Use your family screen time for fun and stage a cool balloon photo shoot. Need ideas? Try walking with balloons, hiding behind them, tying them to bikes or scooters, or even holding balloons up as if you’re being carried away.