Activity DesignerMelissa Allen
Every time I walk into a market these days, my children gravitate towards those those walking Mylar balloon animals. As cute as they are, their price tags diminish their appeal--so we decided it was high time we created our own adorable creatures!
What You'll Need
How We Did It
My five-year-old and I made these balloons just for a day of fun...but don't you think they'd be a great party decor idea?
I blew up the balloon, then Emma added on details with a permanent marker. We made a ladybug and a puppy, but there are so many possibilities...
We folded construction paper strips accordion-style to create legs and stuck them on with glue dots. We also used glue dots to add googly eyes and the ribbon leash. I was afraid by using glue it would dry and pop the balloon, but glue dots worked perfectly. Double-sided tape would also work well, I imagine.
Both my kids (ages 5 and 2) had an absolute blast with these little guys. They went on walks, played house, and even fed their little pets. Yes, we are indeed craving a dog in this family, but these balloon pets will suffice for now. Another fun part to this craft was watching them shrink a little each day. My son thought it was hilarious to see his puppy get smaller with each day, especially since the ears and legs stay the same size!