How to Tie Balloon Animals for Kids

by Heather Montgomery, Demand Media
    Delight your audience with simple balloon animals.

    Delight your audience with simple balloon animals.

    Balloon animals are ideal crowd pleasers at parties and events. Learning how to make balloon animals requires some practice, but with a few twists, you can make balloons resemble the animals kids love. With practice, you can make intricate balloon creatures, but it's best to start off with some basic animals for the little ones to enjoy.

    Items you will need

    • Long skinny balloons made for balloon animals
    • Permanent marker
    • Scissors

    Dog

    Step 1

    Blow the balloon up, leaving a 3-inch uninflated tail at the end.

    Step 2

    Tie the mouth of the balloon in a knot.

    Step 3

    Pinch the balloon 3 inches from the knot.

    Step 4

    Fold the balloon over towards the tail so that the bend is about 7 inches from the knot.

    Step 5

    Grasp the balloon 3 inches from the bend and twist in a clockwise motion four to five times to make the nose and ears of the dog.

    Step 6

    Fold the balloon again so that the bend is 7 inches from the twist you made for the ears.

    Step 7

    Grasp the balloon 2 inches from the ear twist, then twist one to two times in a clockwise motion to make the front legs. Gently grasp the head of the dog and twist it so that the head is pointing in the same direction as the legs.

    Step 8

    Fold the remaining balloon again so that the bend is about 9 inches from the front leg twist. Grasp the balloon 4 inches from the front leg twist and twist the balloon in a clockwise motion one to two times to make the back legs. Gently pull on the twist and turn the legs so that they are in line with both the head and front legs.

    Step 9

    Squeeze the remaining tail end of the balloon to push air into any uninflated portions, forming the tail.

    Step 10

    Draw eyes on the head of the dog using a permanent marker.

    Turtle

    Step 1

    Inflate the balloon so that only 7 to 9 inches of the balloon are inflated.

    Step 2

    Tie a knot at the mouth of the balloon.

    Step 3

    Grasp the balloon 2 inches from the knot and twist four to five times to make the head.

    Step 4

    Place the head twist in between your pinkie and ring finger and grasp the balloon an inch from the head twist. Twist four to five times to make the first foot.

    Step 5

    Hold the twist of the head and first foot, grasp the balloon an inch from the foot twist and twist to make a second foot. Continue holding and twisting until you have made four feet twists.

    Step 6

    Fold the balloon over so that the twist for the head and the back part of the twist for the fourth foot are together. Hold and twist these two spots together four to five times.

    Step 7

    Pull on the knot at the front of the turtle head and wrap it around the back of the head twist.

    Step 8

    Pull the remaining inflated tail of the balloon through the small hole created in between the feet of the turtle. Wrap the remaining uninflated tailpiece around the back of the foot twists. Cut off the remaining uninflated tail and tie a knot.

    Step 9

    Draw eyes and a hatchback pattern on the back of the turtle using a permanent marker.

    Warning

    • Never allow children to place balloons in their mouth.

    About the Author

    Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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