The title above, whilst attention grabbing, is mostly guaranteed for children 13 and under, but I have seen some astonished adults. So you never know you might entertain a teenager with silliness du jour.
Making balloon animals with and for your kids is a lot of fun and a great way to connect with them. Thank you to Steve Valentine whom I have enlisted to help with this little tutorial video. My husband, along with all the other stuff he does, is a balloon expert and brings his unique sense of humor to enlightening us on the art of making a balloon poodle.
Once you and your kids learn the basic twisting and folding that is needed to make a balloon animal you can apply these techniques in creating your own unique masterpieces like flowers, hats and swords. That’s what our daughter did when we showed her how to make a balloon doggie. Her imagination went wild and after an hour we were swimming in her unique balloon creations.
All you need for this activity is a pump and a bag of balloon animals. They can be purchased together and cost just under $20. Wrapped up beautifully they can be given to someone as a birthday gift. Yes it’s great for kids, but I especially think gifting this kit to an adult would be unique and hilarious. Being able to entertain others with balloon animals can come in very handy.
Because a balloon doggie is so easy to make that a child can do it they can use this skill to cheer someone up. The satisfaction they receive from making something with their own hands and then cheering another child up with it is priceless.
Although we haven’t tried this yet ourselves, but totally plan too, I think putting up a lemon stand this summer and offering balloon animal making lessons with the sale of each glass of lemonade can teach a child a lot of valuable lessons. Not only will selling lemonade teach them money making skills, but throwing a balloon animal in the mix will further educate them on the art of conversing with others and allow them to experience what it’s like to instruct someone. In teaching someone how to make a balloon animal the child can get to develop their story telling skills. Learning to give clear instructions is a vital skill to have in this world where we need to work with others in order to thrive and succeed. Experiencing someone listening to them and even copy what they are doing will empower the child.
Running a lemonade stand would also be fun to do as a team, gathering a few of your friends and neighbor’s kids to help out. While one child can be in charge of making the balloon animal the others get to pour the lemonade and handle the money. Then they can switch so everyone has a chance to experience everything when it comes to running a little business.
Further more adding to that fresh cold drink your thirsty customer awaits a balloon animal lesson might bring in more sales and tips. Word will spread quickly around the hood and all the neighbors will come out to see what all the hype is all about. “Hey there are kids over there selling delicious lemonade and they make awesome balloon animals too.”
Anyway, this is what I have planned for this summer and in my imagination that’s how I see it all going down; Evie taking away many valuable lessons and all. I will keep you posted on this latest shinanigan in the Valentine Household on my Instagram page.
If you end up doing this before me will you drop me a note and let me know how it goes?
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Happy Connecting and Balloon Creating!