Balloon Swat

by Amy on April 20, 2010

I like to keep a few bags of balloons around the house — they are usually great boredom-busters!

This weekend, I gave the girls new butterfly-shaped flyswatters and balloons. There was swatting, putting, bouncing, balancing, chasing and all kinds of busy, active play!

Balancing the balloon on the flyswatter was super tricky!

There was lots of friendly competition to see who could bounce the balloon the most times.

Golf-style balloon putting with a flyswatter “club” was fun, too! We also set-up a laundry basket goal.

The girls also tried batting the balloon back and forth a few times – not easy, but there was lots of giggling!

We’ve got more balloon activities coming your way this week.  What do you like to do with balloons?

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kangaroo April 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

This is one of my favorite things to keep in stock too. I usually blow up every balloon in a package of 20 or so and just let the boys go to town. Gentle face drawing with washable markers is fun…balloons in the tub…balloon dodgeball from the top bunk…the sky’s the limit. Literally!

Amy April 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I have never given my girls balloons in the tub – what a great idea! :)

Catherine April 20, 2010 at 8:45 pm

This is a fantastic idea! Love the butterfly fly swatters too.

Deborah April 21, 2010 at 3:06 am

Very fun idea!

bonnie April 22, 2010 at 4:53 am

For younger children, try suspending the balloons from a string thumbtacked to the ceiling.

Melissa April 22, 2010 at 6:23 am

That is a great idea, I wish this was posted 2 days ago when we were stuck indoors due to the rain. But the rain will be back next week, so I will have to try it.

Michelle April 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

I love this idea. My kids enjoy the “Don’t let it touch the ground” game. We have also played a game where there are two teams. Each team has a goal (in our house they are our doors) and you have to try to hit the goal and stop the other team from getting their goal. Very rowdy in my house, but lots of fun! We also like decorating them with stickers, markers, or even popping them and sometimes I hide a little something inside the balloons for them.

Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan May 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Simple and fun. What a great way to get kids moving. (And without spending very much money. . .you have to love that!)

Lyssa @ born-again crafter July 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

This is so fun! I am getting ready for my little girl’s 4th birthday and this would be perfect! Where did you get those fun flyswatters?

Lori January 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

We love balloons too. We sometimes put a few glow sticks into them and go into the master closet and play glow in the dark volleyball. :)

Jon September 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

This is great! I’m going to try this with a twist at our church youth group for middle & high school students. Two teams & an obstacle course! They’ll have to pass the balloons in a relay, either from fly swatter to fly swatter, blowing the balloon across or swatting it. I can even have them putt the balloon under a chair, have a bounce only section or have them climb over a chair. I’m all excited now! Thanks.

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