Here is a fun balloon kicking activity for babies. Great for developing their eye tracking ability, understanding cause and effect (ie. when I kick the balloon moves), concentration and gross motor skills. As we know, learning begins long before a child can crawl or walk. Let your own baby have a go at this one. I feel confident they will love it.
Little Boo (5 months) has reached an age that she will express how much she loves the smallest of interactions and opportunities to play. She giggles and reaches and grins from ear to ear. One of her favourite games to play is this kicking activity using a balloon that I saw here on Pinterest.
Recommended age – 1 month to 5 months
(Strict supervision is required on all my activities at all times)
It’s always difficult to know what age to recommend these activities for as each child is different and they reach milestones at different times. I would, however, strongly recommend you do this with your child when they are not able to roll and not yet interested in eating everything. Active supervision is required for this activity as it could be a choking hazard. Lets keep things safe and fun guys.
You will need –
- Helium inflated balloon (latex isn’t recommended, we chose foil)
Simply make a large loop in the string and place it carefully over your child’s foot. Of course for extra fun you could use two balloons on string and place them on each foot.
Boo quickly learnt from her natural kicking behaviour that when she moved her legs the balloon would move, cause and effect. For a long time she would kick her legs and watching the balloon dance above her. It was a wonderful way to entertain her, provide her with some positive words and sounds of encouragement and see her really enjoying this age appropriate activity.
They say the days can be long but the years are short and in many ways that can feel true. Entertaining babies can be challenging, especially when you’re unfamiliar with simple ideas like this one. Hopefully you and your baby can find some time to enjoy this one. Remember to always be present and discard the balloon and string at the end of the activity being completed. Have fun!
Do you have a baby that would enjoy this?
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