1-2-3 Brain Break: Keep it Up – Balloons

Brain Breaks are short activities, often only 1-3 minutes long, that help kids get ready to learn or refocus on the task at hand. They often involve physical activity and movement though relaxing activities can also boost mental brain power.

So in addition to encouraging your kids to participate in these fun breaks, join the kiddos and have some refreshing, stress-free fun yourself, too!

Supplies needed

  • Latex balloons
  • Plenty of space to move around

Here’s what you do

Please note: Balloon play is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Adult supervision is advised at all times while children play with balloons as balloons are a choking hazard.

This classic balloon game has only one rule: keep the balloon off the floor! Challenge kids to keep the balloon in the air using only their hands and feet without holding on to it. Encourage them to count how many hits they get before the balloon touches the ground.

Additional Fun

Use a bedsheet as your parachute. Position kids around the sheet. Place balloons in the center and have fun bouncing them.

Challenge Extensions

Use a beach ball instead of a balloon.

Use pool noodles or kitchen utensils such as a wooden spoon to keep the balloon up and off the ground.

Use only your feet. Have kids start in a crab walk position, with hands and feet on the floor and bellies facing up. This makes the game more difficult and players are less likely to kick each other.

Create a divider using a piece of furniture, a ribbon, or tape on the floor. Volley the balloon back and forth.

“The Why” behind the Activity

Fun movement between lessons helps kids make smoother transitions and helps them focus during less active times. This activity increases hand-eye coordination, provides exercise, and encourages teamwork.

Check out these books for more fun!

Where do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery by Jamie Lee Curtis

Come Back, Ben by Ann and John Hassett

Frank and the Balloon by Dev Ross

Ball & Balloon by Rob Sanders

Spencer’s New Pet by Jessie Sima