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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Juggling Balls

I have spent an unusual few hours with only one of my children. Jack is a lively five year old and so I wanted to think of an activity that would keep him busy.

So we set about making these juggling balls and had heaps of fun in the process. Teaching him to juggle was a different matter!

To make these juggling balls you will need balloons, flour and the top section of a bottle. I used the top of an empty milk bottle, which I cut off with scissors.

Stretch the balloon over the top of the bottle until firmly attached.

Now turn the bottle over and add spoonfuls of flour into the bottle. The bottle acts as a funnel and your child can shake the bottle to make the flour tip into the balloon.

You may need to push the final bit of flour into the balloon with your fingers.  You should carry on going until you are satisfied with the shape of your ball.

We were happy once it was the size of a small apple.
Carefully remove the balloon from the bottle and tightly knot the neck of the balloon.

Push the knot into the ball shape.

Finally cut the neck off another coloured balloon, then wrap it over the ball to cover the knot.

These make suprisingly robust juggling balls. They are really fun to touch and play with and cost pennies to make.

Jack told me it had been the 'most fun afternoon ever!'

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