Now, measure a length of string against your child, making it about 6 to 8 inches more than your child’s height.
Tie the cut string onto each balloon.
Using masking tape, hang the balloon from your ceiling or doorway.
Skilly Spark: See how I hung that balloon on the ceiling? Do you think you can jump up high and touch it? What do you imagine will happen to the balloon if you do?
Let your little one have fun jumping up high to hit the balloon. Then jump again, can you catch the balloon as it moves?
After successfully bumping the balloon around, hang the balloon a bit higher to challenge your little one to leap further. Or try new tricks, like hopping on one leg, or reaching up with one arm and then the other. How about tapping it softly and then hard? Make up more fun moves until your little one's interest-- or energy-- wanes.
Keep the fun going
For 4-year-olds and older, hang different colored balloons and call out challenges like, “Hit the blue one two times.” “Now hit the red one three times.” Then, let one of the children be the leader and call out new commands.
Choose your favorite tune, then hop and tap to the beat.
Hang some balloons for the adults and see how they do!