Printing With Balloons: Pour three or four different colors of tempera paint into seperate aluminum pie tins. Partially blow up a small balloon that matches each paint color. Then have the children dip the balloons into the matching colored paint and press them on sheets of white construction paper to create balloon prints. (Variation: Use just one color of paint and matching colored balloons.)
Balloon Lotto: Make a balloon lotto game by dividing a piece of heavy white paper into six sections and drawing a different colored balloon in each square. Cut matching colored squares out of construction paper. To play the game, have the children take turns placing the construction paper squares on top of the matching colored balloons.
Creative Movement Fun: Let the children watch you blow up a balloon and then slowly deflate it. Have them pretend that they are limp balloons, expanding as they breathe air in and whistling as they let air out. Let the children spring and dash around like balloons that have been inflated and released. Or let them pretend to be inflated balloons floating lazily about the room while gently bumping into things.
Balloon Song (sung to "Ten Little Indians")
One little, two little,
Three little balloons,
Four little, five little,
Six little balloons,
Seven little, eight little,
Nine little balloons,
Floating up so high.
Balloon Carrots: For balloon snacks, cut carrots horizontally to make "balloons".