- The first trick to making a balloon
animal is to blow up the balloon. This is hard. You can buy a hand
pump or use a football pump to help blow up the balloons. Do not
blow the balloon up all the way... you only need 1/2 a balloon.
- Carefully tie the balloon. When twisting
a balloon, always start at the end with the knot. Do not worry,
it will not break if you twist it, but you must hold on to both
ends of the balloon. Otherwise, the balloon will untwist. The balloon
will not stay twisted by itself. You have to twist the balloon together.
- Step 1--Blow
up the balloon half way.
- Step 2--Start
at the beginning with the knot and twist a 3 to 4-inch bubble or
3 or 4 fingers wide. Make sure you hang on to both ends of balloon,
otherwise it will untwist. Twist it around 2 or 3 times. Do not
worry it will not break. Why didn't it break? There is space at
the end of the balloon for the extra air. That is why we only blow
the balloon up half way.
- Step 3--While
holding on to the twisted balloon, make another bubble 1 to 2 fingers
in size. This will be the one eye. Do not let go.
- Step 4--Make
another balloon bubble the same size. This is the other eye. Look
- Step 5--Twist
balloon joints A & B together. Twist 2 or 4 times all the way
around. The balloon will not break, and they will stay together.
yours looks like this, very good; if not, try it again.
Practice makes perfect.
- Step 6--Now
for the neck. Twist a 2 to 3-inch bubble or 3 or 4 fingers wide.
This is the neck. Make sure you hang on to the balloon, both parts.
7--Let's make the front legs,
after all--we want your crocodile to stand. Start by twisting
a 3 to 4-inch bubble. Hang on to the neck as you twist the balloon,
and do not let go of the leg. Twist point Y into point X, then
twist point Z into point X
8--Back legs, same as the first.
Twist a 3 to 4-inch bubble. Twist those two parts together just
like you did with the other legs. Remember twist around each other
4 or 5 times. Twist the parts together to look like the drawing.
Step 9--Have a lot of balloon
left over? That's the tail.
- Congratulations, you just made you