Wonder of balloons – Toddler
Did you know?
Balloon play can build resilience! This is the ability to recover from setbacks and keep going even when things go wrong. Resilience is important for your child’s emotional development and coping skills. When a balloon pops talking your toddler through helps build coping skills e.g. “Uh oh – it popped! What a big noise! What a surprise. Let’s blow up another one.”
You can provide words to go with what your toddler is doing and experiencing. Use action words, describing words (e.g. colour and size) and words that relate to position e.g. up and down. Repetition helps your toddler learn the words. These words for colour, size and position are used for learning early maths.
Try playing catch with a balloon. A balloon moves more slowly than a ball and can be easier to grasp. Your toddler will also learn to control their movements i.e. being more gentle so that the balloon doesn’t pop! These hand-eye coordination games develop early ball skills ready for social ball games in later years.
Using a fly-swat or cardboard tube to bat a balloon around is a great way to encourage active play and improve hand-eye coordination. Hanging the balloon by a string from a branch or doorway so your toddler can practise hitting it also helps their hand-eye coordination.
Balloon pieces can be a choking hazard for young children.
Across the ages
All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas’ page can be applied across different age groups. Check out how the wonder of balloons can be fun for babies, children and playgroups.
Activities listed under “toddler” are suitable for children aged 1-3 years. Toddlers enjoy activities that include exploring their environment and finding out how things work.