Caution: Balloons are fun toys but can be dangerous like all toys…Would you please make sure small children do not chew balloons or have access to broken bits? We want all our kids to grow healthy and happy. I ask you to be responsible like a professional balloonist. Adult supervision is recommended.
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.
Balloon Animals – Mouse
Step 1–Blow up the 6 inches.
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 the 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 halfway.
Step 3–While holding on to the twisted balloon, make another bubble the same size. This will be the one ear. Do not let go.
Step 4–Make another balloon bubble the same size. This is the other ear. Look at the picture.
Step 5–Twist balloon joints A & B together. Twisting 2 or 4 times all the way around. The balloon will not break, and they will stay together.
If yours looks like this, very good; if not, try it again. Practice makes perfect.
Making the Mouse Fly
Gently hold the mouse in one hand around the body. With the other hand, pull down on the mouse tail, then let go. The mouse should fly up into the air.
Mouse Trouble? Mouse not flying? Make sure you are not hanging on too tightly to the mouse. Plus, make sure you pull his tail to make him fly.