Storytime: Balloons

Books

balloon trees balloons3 too many balloons

Balloon Trees by Danna Smith (family storytime only, popular with the caregivers)
Balloons, Balloons, Balloons by Dee Lillegard
Too Many Balloons by Catherine Matthias

Song

“Yellow Balloons” (from SurLaLune Storytime)
(Tune: “Frere Jaques”)
Yellow balloons, Yellow balloons,
Floating up, Floating up,
Never let them touch the ground,
Never let them touch the ground,
Keep them up, keep them up.

Rhyme

Unnamed (from Anne’s Library Life)
I’m going to blow up this balloon
And never, never stop.
I’ll blow and blow and blow and blow and POP!
(Hands make the shape of the balloon and get bigger, then clap loudly on the pop.)

*This one sent multiple children into fits of giggles each time we did it.

Activities
1. Inflate a balloon – A very common experiment – pour vinegar into an empty water bottle, baking soda into a deflated balloon (use a funnel), attach the balloon to the bottle (don’t let any baking soda fall out), then hold the balloon up so the baking soda falls into the vinegar. The resulting reaction will blow up the balloon.

2. Dancing Balloons (from Babble Dabble Do) – This is a very simple activity requiring only a circular fan and balloons. Poster board tube optional (very useful if using water balloons). Our experience:
*We were able to get three latex balloons to float in the air current, but it could not support more than that at a time.
*Water balloons need the poster board tube to keep the air currents focused. I cut an opening in the bottom of the tube large enough to push a water balloon through. Doing this caused the balloon to shoot out of the tube. For whatever reason, the water balloons became very static-y. After popping out of the tube, they’d get stuck in hair, on clothes, to the tube – this was one of the highlights as far as the toddlers were concerned.
*Blowing bubbles into the air current was also a hit.

balloons 1 ed

balloons 3 ed

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