Squishy Balloon Men

Christmas came and went and was lovely. Very lovely. It has left a warm, happy glow in the house – and a few extra kg’s that need to go…but we will not worry about those until January – right?

Our children love balloons – am not sure I have met a child yet that does not! Here is a little fun activity that will delight!

Warning – it is messy! Very messy! Prepare your mind and working space! 🙂

You will need:

corn flour
pen that dries on any surface
  • Blow up the balloon you are going to fill – a few times is good – and make sure you stretch it well. This will make filling it easier
  • Put a funnel on it
  • Fill with cornflour – as much as you can manage to get in there! This is tricky…my kitchen looked like we had had a snowball fight in it…. I used toothpicks and wooden skewers to stuff it as much as possible but in all honesty, the balloon people will be small and cute as it is hard to get them full!
  • Once you cannot get more into the balloon, add 2 tbsp of water to the funnel and have fun getting this into the balloon! 🙂
  • Close the balloon and dry it
  • Find some string and make hair – any string! Attach to the top of the balloon
  • Draw a face on it and voila! Have fun! Fat, thin, round, square….up to you!
  • The children love them – and they are great if you are feeling slightly stressed or irritable….Have a soothing effect!

If you fail at this activity..it happens…do not despair! Simply put lots of corn flour in a big bowl, add some water and let the children play with the goop! It has a fabulous texture – hard in the water but once you lift it out of the water it melts in your fingers! Great fun!

8 thoughts on “Squishy Balloon Men

  1. Ella rose says:

    it is way better buying 1 for £1.00 at Tiger or 1 pound shop, but every Tiger store has them, go there for a none-busting funny face, wacky wool hair balloon made of flour! this doesn’t really work 2 well and isn’t safe 4 kids, so go ahead and buy your self one.

    • Appetite 4 Life says:

      Hi Ella,
      I am sorry you did not think it worked well and also that you perceive it to unsafe for children. Not sure why this is?
      The purpose of making your own is to spend time with the children, have some fun, make a bit of mess and have that memory.
      Sure, it takes a bit of time to get the flour and water into the balloons – but once in I think they are great and love how much my children laughed and enjoyed making them.
      I hope you will try again one day.
      All the best,

  2. Man of the day! says:

    I thought it work great! my daughter wanted 1 so we had spare balloons and made 1 it was great fun and brings families together.

    • Appetite 4 Life says:

      Hi Bella
      I have only ever made them with corn flour I’m afraid.
      Corn flour doesn’t absorb water the same way regular flour does though so do think it has to be made that way…
      If you do try, let me know how you get on?
      All the best

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