We were playing with balloons the other day and I thought we’d try an activity out I saw on Pinterest. I took balloons and numbered them 1-10 with a Sharpie.
Then I hid them around the house when Troy was taking his nap
When he woke up, I explained to him that he needed to find 10 balloons with numbers on them. The only rule was that he had to start with #1 and had to find the balloons in order. For example, if he found #8, he had to leave it there until he was ready to find that number.
This was a good activity to practice recognizing numbers, order of numbers, and memory. When he found a number out of order, he put it back and had to remember where it was when he needed it.
Then to add on to this activity, we talked about how when we add a 1 in front of the number, it adds ten to it and changes its name. For example 1+3= 13. I know this went WAY over his head, but he enjoyed coloring on the balloons and writing a ‘1’ on the balloons.
Then we played with the balloons!! We came up with 3 fun activities. First, I put a piece of blue tape on the floor and we played balloon volleyball!
Then I made up a game where we rub the balloons on our head until they stick and then we had to run across the blue line before it fell off. Maybe these long cold days are making ME crazy?!?!
And our favorite activity of all….filling the pack ‘n play with balloons and having a ball! These crazy kids let out a lot of energy!!
What other ideas do you have for playing with balloons
Great idea Wendi!
Wendi Walton says
If you are going to pop them, write a little message, line from a poem or word on a small piece of paper and slip it into the balloons before you blow them up. Then they will have to put them together in the correct sequence to find out what they say.
Angela Thayer says
I love that idea! Thank you for sharing!!
From one Iowa mommy to another, hello 🙂 I found your blog on Pinterest, looking forward to using some of your ideas to battle the cabin fever from this crazy cold weather!
Teaching Mama says
Hi Amy! I’m so glad you find me here. I loved checking out your blog, too! Your farmhouse looks amazing! Do you love living in Iowa? I love it since our family is so close to us!! Thanks for your comment!
I do love living in Iowa. Except for when it’s bone chilling cold! Born and raised here and close to family. We are in the Waterloo area. Jealous you went to Florida! I wasn’t aware of the blogging conference but if you go again I might join you!