Balloons are the decoration of childhood. They also provide a perfect opportunity to practice fundamental movement skills while having fun.
Blow up a few balloons of your child’s favourite colour and the prep work is complete. If they ask why the house is filled with party decorations, tell them you’re celebrating being active for life.
- Blow up two to three balloons per participant. This activity works well with one or many children. Just make sure the play space is large enough for everyone to move around freely.
- Throw one balloon in the air. The main objective of balloon juggling is for the balloons to never touch the ground.
- Time how long your child can keep one balloon in the air.
- Once they’ve mastered the basic skill, add in some challenges like throwing two or three balloons in the air at once.
- You can also limit which body parts can touch the balloon. Try keeping the balloons up with only a right hand, left hand, right foot, left foot or head.
Challenge your child to get as many touches on the balloon as they can in one minute. Or, have them take the least amount of touches possible.
Music makes this activity extra fun. Go dance!
Juggling develops excellent hand-eye coordination, used in many team, water and snow sports.