By user12607856 on Jul 24, 2004
Here's something that will give your kids minutes of enjoyment and get them out from under your hair. It's making balloon animals.
At yet another library book sale, I picked up a small book giving the basics on how to create balloon animals and showing step-by-step instructions for making several of them. Okay, this looks easy I thought. I bought a bag of the long thin balloons at a local party store and tried to blow up my first balloon.
A word of advice here. Buy yourself a pump to inflate the balloons unless you want to see the inside of a hospital room really soon. Those professional balloon blowers you see at some restaurants. They've had special surgery so they can blow those balloon up and make it look easy. Using a pump would make them look like wimps. You and me. We aren't like them. Get a pump.
This morning we made an octopus and a wasp. Of course the wasp could have been a dragonfly or a small bird. It wasn't clear until I'd added a few markings.
This page seems to be a good online starting point if you are interested in all this. You can start with a simple dog. They even animate it just in case the instructions weren't clear. They also have a great gallery of balloon creations too.
And if you practice and practice, pretty soon you'll be making everything out of balloons.