Happy Toddler Tuesday!! I love this simple toddler activity. Do you know what a sensory ballon is? It is basically a balloon filled with material that kids can squish around. Not only have we made sensory balloons, but we made them into bugs!
Here’s what I used to fill the balloons:
I took these materials from sensory tubs we’ve made this past year. To fill the balloons, you’ll need a funnel. Just attach the balloon to the end of the funnel and pour the material in. For bigger things (like beans), you may need to shake it to keep the funnel from getting clogged.
After you fill the balloon, tie it. Then you can draw eyes, antennas, legs, etc. to make them into bugs. I admit…I’m not the best artist, but my toddler will never know! I’m happy he recognized the bugs: ladybug, bee, ant, and grasshopper. Something else I did was have my preschooler, Troy, feel the balloons and try to guess what I filled them with. He got some right and some wrong, but it was good for him to practice using his sense of touch. I love these little sensory balloons! We also filled one with sugar, which really felt like a stress ball!
My little toddler loved this activity. He couldn’t wait to get his hands on these little guys!
Then we played a game with the bugs. I had him practice using his gross motor skills to throw the bug into the basket. It’s good practice for toddlers to throw a ball (or balloon bug) with direction. And of course it’s fun! What toddler doesn’t like throwing things? I don’t think I’ve ever met one…