Friday, July 22, 2011

Balloons

Book Suggestions:

Balloons, Balloons, Balloons by Dee Lillegard
Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery by Jamie Lee Curtis
Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen
The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
You Can't Take a Balloon to the Metropolitan Museum by Jaqueline Preiss Weitzman
Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai

Activities:
(*warning: Balloons can be choking hazards. Do these activities at your own risk. Keep balloons away from your kids' mouths!)

Balloon Volleyball:
Materials: a balloon (blown up)
Description: You and your toddler will have fun simply by hitting a balloon back and forth to each other. Explain to your little one that you are going to try to keep it from touching the ground. Count how many times you and your child hit it without it touching the ground.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to move and be active, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count

Balloon Baseball:
Materials: toy bat (or you could use a stick, empty water bottle, or other similar object), a balloon
Description: Hitting a baseball with a bat is sometimes difficult for young children. However, you can teach you little one hand/eye coordination by having them hit a balloon with a toy baseball bat. A balloon is bigger than a baseball and floats in the air long enough for your toddler to hit it. You can even use bases and play a game of balloon baseball.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to move and be active, teach your tot motor skill development

Balloon Faces:
Materials: a balloon, a permanent marker
Description: You can teach your toddler about facial body parts using a balloon. Help them draw eyes, a nose, a mouth, eyebrows, ears etc on a balloon using a permanent marker. Name a facial body part and ask your toddler to point to it on the balloon.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot different parts of the body


Balloon Dance:
Material: a balloon
Description: Do the actions to this song with your toddler, using a balloon:
Balloon Dance:
(sung to the tune of Hokey Pokey)

Put your balloon up
Put our balloon down
Put your balloon up
and you shake it up and down.
You do the balloon dance
And you shake it all around
That's what it’s all about.

Throw your balloon up
Throw your balloon down
Throw your balloon up
and you shake it up and down
You do the balloon dance
and you shake it all around
That's what its all about.

Put your balloon on your head
Put your balloon on your toes
Put your balloon on your belly
and put it on you nose.
You do the balloon dance
and you shake it all around,
That's what it’s all about.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to move and be active, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot listening skills

Bye Bye Balloon:
Materials: a helium filled balloon
Description: Talk with your toddler about how some balloons can fly. Bring your toddler to your local grocery store and let them watch a balloon get filled up with helium. Explain to your toddler that you are going to let the balloon fly in the sky. Take your little one to an open space and let them watch their balloon float away. (you may want to get two balloons...one to keep and one to let fly!) Talk about the opposites up and down…did the balloon go up or down? What are some other things that fly up up and away?
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the opposites up and down, teach your tot to observe

Balloon Toss:
Materials: large box, balloons
Description: Cut a large hole in a cardboard box, or simply put the box open end up. Your toddler can practice throwing a balloon into the box. Count the number of shots they make.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to move and be active, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count

Color Balloons:
Materials: several balloons of different colors, a permanent marker
Description: Blow up several balloons of different colors. Pick a balloon and have your toddler tell you what color it is. Write the color word on the balloon and show it to your toddler. Do this with each different color balloon. Your toddler can use the balloons to associate the color word with the actual color. Put all the balloons in your living room. Call out a color and have your toddler go get the correct balloon.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot their colors, teach your tot to recognize color words, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot listening skills

Water Balloons:
Materials: water balloons, water
Description: Some balloons are filled with air and others are filled with water. Give your toddler an air filled balloon and a water filled balloon. How do the balloons feel different? Which one is heavier? Let your toddler throw both balloons and see what happens. The one with water pops and the one with air does not. You can give your toddler several more water balloons and let them have fun popping them on the ground. (Do not let your toddler get a hold of the pieces of balloon that pop)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to observe and explore balloons, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to move and be active

Big and Little:
Materials: two balloons
Description: Blow up two different balloons. One make big and other make smaller. Give both balloons to your toddler and talk about big and little. Ask them what balloon is big and what one is little.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the opposites big and little, teach your tot language development

Sand Balloons:
Materials: sand, balloons, a funnel (optional)
Description: Using a funnel or your hands, help your little one fill a balloon with sand. Tie the balloon closed so that no sand can get out. Supervising your toddler, let them hold the balloon and squish it in their hands. Ask them how it feels.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development

Songs and Fingerplays:

5 Balloons:
5 balloons flying up high soaring
One went POP
Now there are 4.
4 balloons flying past a tree.
One went POP
Now there are 3.
3 balloons shiny and new.
One went POP.
Now there are 2.
2 balloons having so much fun.
One went POP.
Now there is 1.
1 balloon sparkling in the sun.
It went POP.
Now there are none.

This little balloon:
(sung to the tune of This Old Man)
This little balloon
floating in the air.
I let go of its string
and it flew off somewhere.
With a whish whoosh whish
My balloon flew away.
It won't be coming back today.

This little balloon
filled with air.
I accidentally popped it
Now its not there.
With a boom bang boom,
My balloon went pop,
Now I am crying and I just can't stop!

Colorful Balloons:
(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
I had a red balloon,
red balloon, red balloon,
I had a red balloon
Until it went POP!

I had a blue balloon,
blue balloon, blue balloon.
I had a blue balloon,
Until it went pop.

Continue with any color balloons! You could use your felt board and make different color felt balloons to place on the board as you sing this song.

The Life of a Balloon:
I went to the store
And picked out a red balloon.
The man behind the counter
blew it up for me.
It grew and grew and grew
until it was full of air.
He tied a string around it
and put it in my hand.
I held onto it tightly
until I got outside.
I let my balloon go,
and watched it float into the sky.
I starred and starred and starred
at my balloon going high.
And then I couldn't see it,
So I simply waved goodbye!

Online Fun:

Sesame Street Videos:
Which balloon is not like the other?

Happy/Sad Balloons

Pop

Coloring Pages:
Visit www.coloring.ws for a free printable balloon coloring page.

2 comments:

Summer_Dahlia said...

So glad you have all these balloon resources--the balloon song here is the closest I've found to the one I use with my toddler class.

I've heard that pantyhose around a balloon can make it safer for toddler play-no loose pieces after it pops.

Teach Your Tot said...

Oh wow...that is a great tip! I need to go stock up on pantyhose! Thanks! :-)

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