We LOVE balloons at our house. They are so cheap and provide so much entertainment! I almost always have a package of balloons tucked away somewhere so that when we're desperate for something to do I can pull them out.
This day both kids were bored and cranky and just kept getting into trouble. I've learned that if I can provide them with something to keep themselves busy and cheer them up it can change a BAD day into a good one. And this pack of balloons only cost me a dollar, so it's a winner all around.
We built muscles while we threw and caught and batted and kicked the balloons.
We built vocabulary as we talked about colors and sizes.
We built a foundation for learning math by comparing and classifying.
We built memories as we goofed around and enjoyed being together.
I pulled out a marker and drew a face on one of the balloons. This idea took off like wildfire, and soon every balloon had a different face on it. The kids would bring me a balloon and I'd let them pick whether that one would be happy, sad, surprised, etc.
To see more of the fun things we've done with balloons, click here.