5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

I was tidying my craft drawer when Gwen (17 months) discovered my hidden stash of balloons. I blew up one balloon for her to play with but that didn't do the trick. She picked up another color, asked for "more" in her sweet little voice and I obliged.

Before I knew it, I had blown up ALL MY BALLOONS 😂My poor overworked lungs! The reward was rousing applause and happy grins from my toddler, so no complaints there.

Now with more balloons than I could carry in my arms, we spent all afternoon on these 5 fun and simple balloon games and activities, young-toddler-approved!

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

Balloon Swatting

This is the perfect activity to train a toddler's aim. A total gross motor workout there.

All you need are any household tools that come with a handle. I offered Gwen a badminton racket and a kitchen colander with a handle and she preferred the latter.

A fly swatter is a perfect tool for balloon swatting too!

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

Balloon Pit

Place all the balloons into an inflatable pool float, play mat with standing edges, or a ball pit minus the balls. If you don't have any of these, a laundry basket or even cardboard box works too!

Plonk your little one in and laughter is guaranteed. In fact, Gwen was the one who asked to go into the balloon pit. She loved throwing the balloons out and me bouncing them back into the balloon pit.

I think Gwen spent a good 20 minutes playing in the balloon pit.

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

Balloon Basketball

Young toddlers who love posting activities are bound to love this one.

I fashioned a makeshift basketball hoop from cardboard and clear plastic bag. Simply cut a circle in cardboard, loop a plastic bag over it, cut the same circle in the plastic, and secure the plastic to the cardboard with tape!

Then position the diy basketball hoop at toddler height and tape it to a drawer handle or back of a dining chair.

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

Balloon Soccer

I turned a laundry basket on its side to serve as a makeshift goal post and demonstrated kicking balloons into the basket.

Gwen followed suit but eventually decided she'll do better with freestyle kicking all around the house. 😂

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

Balancing Balloon Tower

As a TP (Toilet Paper) roll hoarder, I love any activity that allows me to whip out my treasures (lol) and then return them to storage in good condition. This is one such activity.

Challenge your little one to balance balloons on TP rolls! It takes a lot of concentration and focus, and trains fine motor skills.

My little Gwenzilla enjoyed knocking over the balloon towers more than stacking, so I followed her play interest and built many balloon towers. Don't belittle the learning benefits from this simple game - young children can observe basic physics (the laws of motion) at work and hone their understanding of cause and effect!

To follow Gwen's play adventures, check out @miraculove_sg (Instagram) or A Toddler Activity A Day Facebook Group.

5 Best Balloon Play Ideas with Young Toddlers

Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.

Hi! We are Yunnie & Limin and we used to design customised wedding invitations in Singapore. If you’re here for that, thank you but we no longer design and are sorry that we can’t be a part of your special day. But we welcome you to hang around if you have little people in your life whom you interact and play with. Miraculove is now an education website for caregivers to be inspired by our heart and handmade play ideas, so everyone can make learning fun and stimulating for babies and toddlers.