Foster hand-eye coordination and gross motor control with an object that every child loves! Balloons!
Balloons (round rather than long ones work better). Have a few blown up, in case one bursts. Safety note: some balloons may contain latex which is a common allergen. Please take caution when purchasing balloons. Dispose of broken balloons right away as small balloon pieces can be a choking hazard for young children.
How to Play
Toss the balloon over your head and 'catch it' using an open hand. Show your child how to keep it afloat by using your fingertips and palms. The game stops when the balloon touches the ground. Try using 2 balloons at the same (one each) and see who is able to keep the balloon afloat the longest.
Inflate balloons to medium pressure (if inflated too much they will float too much).
Make it Easier
Smaller balloons will be easier to balance. Use one small balloon to start.
Make it Harder
Try to keep 2-3 balloons up at the same time. Use various parts of your body to keep the balloon up (head only, feet only, knees only). If this is too easy for your child, consider using a small to medium sized ball by throwing it up in the air and trying to catch it without it hitting the ground.
Active for Life: Raising physically literate kids: Balloon Juggling