Need Space Activity: Glowing Balloons
Simple, fast to throw together, and perfect for those dark rainy days! An excellent activity for your kids that requires them to be in their room while you step back and listen to their giggles from the other side of the door. Then depending on how rambunctious your kids are, this might even become a 2 part/twice as long space giver!
*Side note: I’ve been
desperately trying to get my kids to clean their room the past two weeks… begging, pleading, crying, eventually resorted to temporarily taking away the un-picked-up toys (to which they didn’t even notice and I realize they have WAY to many toys). In short, every attempt was failing. So before this activity I told them “OK guys, I have a surprise activity for you but your room has to be clean” and I sat back with coffee thinking I wouldn’t be getting up anytime soon to prepare this activity. To my shock, 10 minutes later they bounded forward to display a clean room…like with appropriate toys in appropriate totes, and even their clothes put away. I’m actually still in shock… Maybe this “bribe” will work for you too!
- White balloons (that need to be blown up)
- Glow sticks (I used a “party pack” of the long thin glow sticks, and some of the “standard” short thicker ones. The standard ones will glow brighter, so if you only have the long thin ones, plan to use two per balloon. Oh and if you have girls…be sure there’s a pink one per kid…I should of known…but was reminded the hard way…
- Dark,semi-dark room (rainy-day plus curtains closed worked for us!)
First stretch the balloons out a bit and then crack a glow stick so it glows. Place glow stick inside balloon, blow it up, and tie off. For the longer glow sticks I found it easier to blow up the balloons halfway before quickly adding the glow sticks and then blowing up more. Repeat for as many glow sticks and balloons you have. Again if using the long thin sticks, you’ll probably want to add two per balloon for maximum brightness. One per balloon for each of the sort thicker glow sticks will be plenty. Throw them into a darkened room and send your kids in after them. Done! Simple yet effective!
If they try to bring the balloons out to you, just point out that they won’t glow in your well-lit place, and back to their room they run!
They even started a game of turning on their light, guessing a balloon color, and then turning the light back off to see if they were right.
After some time of squealing and giggling I heard a “POP!” and more giggling, followed by a lengthy conversation between two toddlers of how to get the rest to intentionally pop. This bought me a lot of time and worked their creative brains. Soon more popping ensued and Viola! Now they had glow-sticks to play with on the rainy day. I just sneaked in, grabed the popped balloons, and hurried back out to my hot cup of coffee. Aaaahhh, mommy time 🙂
Hi there! I’m Kaley, prevailing parent and wife, but also just me; stubborn lover of DIY everything, outdoors, and chocolate. Read more about myself and my family under the “Parenting” > “About My Family” tabs.