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We have found a really simple and fun yo-yo that the children can make themselves (with a little bit of help).

It is particularly good on a hot day!

Fill a balloon up with water. It is better to do it from a tap or hose as it needs a bit of pressure – it doesn’t fill up and become heavy enough if you pour in water out of a jug.

Tie it tightly – This is where you may need to help!

We used some extra thick elastic bands cut to form a long strip for the ‘string’, but a piece of elastic would do the trick too.

Tie that onto the top and there you have it - a balloon yo-yo.

What fun!

And if it bursts – extra fun!

This post has been featured as a ‘high five!’ on the delightful ‘hands on: as we grow blog‘. Be sure to pop on over and see what other ideas Henry and Jamie are featuring this week!


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9 Responses to “balloon yo-yo’s”

  1. avatar Erin says:

    Nice, I can see a few ballons bursting ‘accidently-on-purpose’ on very hot days! (or just any day :)

    This would also be a great art activity, squish in paint and splat on paper!

    ::: You’re right Erin! In fact this activity did end up in the paint. We’ll post about that fun shortly. :) :)

  2. avatar Rachelle says:

    Is there no end to your incredible ideas? Now I’m on the hunt for wide elastic bands!! You two need to write a book. Seriously!

    ::: Hee … hee … hee … Thanks Rachelle. :) :)

  3. avatar Darcey says:

    What a great idea! Your ideas for simple homemade toys are neat. I’m enjoying reading your blog. I’ve included your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/02/weekly-favorites-for-february-27-2011.html

    ::: Thanks Darcey, this one is a lot of fun. … And thanks for including us in your favourites! :) :)


  4. Oh my gosh! I cannot wait to get outside to do this! Warm days cannot get here fast enough. I think my son would LOVE to yo-yo this around!

    I featured this post on my High Five! weekly features.

    http://handsonhouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/high-five-to-week-5-finds.html

    Thanks!
    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

    ::: Thanks Jamie, we hope your son has as much fun with it as our children did. … And thanks for featuring us too! :) :)


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