Frugal Balloon Fun!
Is your family ready for a Balloon Blowout? This is our third post in a series of Frugal Family Fun. We hope you enjoy these activities for your whole family (parents have to take time out to play too!) and friends. As Winnie the Pooh promises, “Nobody can be un-cheered by a balloon.”
What you need:
- 2 paper plates
- 2 popsicle sticks
- Doughnut holes, toothpicks, sprinkles
- Balloons (variety pack with different colours & shapes)
Fun & Games
Balloon Break (elastic bands or string)
Every person ties a blown-up balloon onto their ankle with an elastic. On “Go”, try to break each other’s balloon and keep your own balloon safe. The winner is the person whose balloon lasts the longest.
Balloon Ping Pong (paper plates, Popsicle sticks)
Tape popsicle sticks to paper plates to make paddles. Try to hit the balloon back and forth on a table, without letting it fall. My boys took over our kitchen table for hours playing this fun balloon game!
Keep it Alive
Sit in a circle and toss the balloon to each other, trying to keep the balloon in the air as long as possible.
En Garde (long balloons)
Two people each get 1 long balloon (blown-up). Form a circle around these people (or mark the balloon with string) so they have to stay close. On “Go” they try to hit each other with their balloon swords. One point is awarded every time there is contact. I played this game with my boys and managed to lose every time.
Now That’s Using Your Head
Two people lie on the ground and push the balloon from a start line to a finish line using different body parts (example: nose, head). This is actually harder than it sounds (but lots of fun)!
Each player blows up their balloon (but doesn’t tie it up) and then everyone gathers together. Count down from 5 and then everyone releases their balloons towards a target. The winner’s balloon lands closest to the target.
Balloon Cupcakes (cupcakes, doughnut holes, frosting, sprinkles, toothpicks)
Check out this tutorial for a fun cupcake recipe. Quick. Easy. Yummy. I wish we had used regular size cupcakes though, because the mini cupcakes couldn’t support the doughnut hole “balloons”. We also learned that coloured sugar holds better than sprinkles.
I always like to promote unplugged fun, but I couldn’t resist mentioning the perfect balloon movie, “UP”. This is a great movie that is all about balloons! I borrowed it from our local library, making it free for us to watch.
Exploring the Balloon Theme Further
It’s Magic (funnel, baking soda, vinegar)
I intrigued my boys when I told them that I could blow up a balloon without using my mouth. This experiment was easy and worked brilliantly. Here’s how I did it.
Build a car that can be powered by a balloon. Here are great balloon car tutorials.
DIY Poppers (balloons, paper cups, duct tape, pom poms)
My son’s friend had a spy birthday party, featuring these slingers. I found out that they are very easy to make, so I thought I’d give them a try for our frugal family fun night.
What you do: cut the ends off paper cups (can double up the cups for stability). Knot an uninflated balloon and cut the end off. Stretch the balloon over the cup and secure it with duct tape or packing tape. Pop in a mini-marshmallow or pom pom, pull the knot back, release and aim!
After a busy week, we need time to reconnect as a family. As part of the MapleMoney team, I believe having frugal fun together is a great option for families everywhere. Try even 1 or 2 activities to launch your family fun this weekend!
Which balloon activities will you try?