E definitely likes to keep his hands busy! When I saw Tot Treasures’ Sensory Balloons, I knew this was something I wanted to make!
The only thing I purchased was a pack of balloons. While initially I thought I would get a pack of different colors, I ended up deciding a single dark color would be neat. Then you can’t see what is inside. (I wasn’t sure how opaque a lighter color would be). Nevermind the fact that they look like a bunch of tiny garbage bags.
I made a dozen and this is what I filled them with:
- Whole Green Peas
- Northern beans
- Chick Peas
- Corn (dry; animal feed)
- Small pom poms
- Small round beads (they were bad quality; I didn’t want them anyway)
The great thing about this is I just used what is already around. And actually, I had a container of pink lentils had thyme and salt mixed in from a past activity. I kept it because I keep everything, but I may never have used it again except for something like this.
To make filling easier, I made a funnel of sorts with a piece of paper and poured the items at an angle until they went in. Kind of hold the the balloon opening as round as possible with your other hand. As soon as it is “full”, give it a shake and fill a little more, then give it a nice tie.
The original website also suggests things like water and hair gel. I really like these ideas but I wanted to stick to dry items for now.
My favorite by far is the Northern beans. The big size makes them fun to squish and push around!
These are fun – for all three of us!