A couple weeks ago Delilah had me blow up a few water balloons with air. They were the only ones she could find and they are a pain to blow up. So I put regular balloons on the grocery list, I only spent about $1.
Buying those balloons was one of the best things I have done for my kids in a while. The possibilities with a blown up balloon are endless. The kids and I have been moving around more, great for winter. The older kids have been playing together more because of these balloons. They will start playing games with the balloons then go off and play something else together. The big kids have times when they don’t do anything together for a week or more, 2 totally different people. Parker will even put away his iPad and video games to play with the balloons, or he will play with a balloon in one hand while his iPad is in the other arm and listening to a video(multitasker). Ayden likes to watch his siblings hit the balloons around but will only play with balloons himself for a very limited time.
I am sure the fun of these balloons will fade away sometime soon, but it’s good while it lasts. Now I will keep them stocked for when the kids are in a slump and need something to motivate them to move around or play together.
Some games the kids made up:
-keep your balloon off the ground while trying to knock the other persons balloon down, using short sticks or wands
-have one try to keep the balloon up while the other tries to knock it to the ground
-jump on the trampoline with the balloons bouncing around, or hit them with a pool noodle
-rub them on your hair and attach to the wall
-just throw them at each other
-put a string on the end and use it as a bopper, I am about to go do this one right now
-hit it back and forth like volleyball
Buy a bag of balloons and see what your kids can come up with.
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