I’m pretty lucky when it comes to talking to my kids about “screen time”. They’re not iPad addicts like some children I’ve met and, as long as we can come up with a fun and creative idea together, they’re usually totally down to do something else! Recently, I made a joke about learning how to juggle instead of watching yet another cartoon in my attempt to express how much I wanted my kids to get off their screens and, after laughing at the idea, they actually got very seriously interested in it. Now they’re intent on learning how to juggle! Rather than scouring the city trying to find toy balls that are the right size and weight for their little hands and their beginner skills, my kids and I decided to just go ahead and make our own juggling balls, since crafting is one of their favourite screen-alternative ways to spend their time anyways. Of course, my rainbow loving children were intent on making their new juggling balls as colourful as humanly possible, as always.
We actually had so much fun making the first few juggling balls that I decided to make a whole collection of sets! This way the kids can practice at the same time without having to take turns, lend a set to another child when they have friends over, and even have spares on hand in case they manage to start learning how to add more than two or three balls into the mix. That gave me plenty of opportunity to document how we made the balls, just in case other crafters want to follow along and try their hand at the project too. As for the juggling lessons, we just watched as many tutorials as we had the patience for on YouTube! Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Uncooked rice
- A funnel
- Hot glue
- Balloons (any colour)
Gather your materials!
Choose your first balloon and turn it upside down so the rounded sack portion is at the bottom and the hole you’d normally blow the balloon up through is at the top. Insert the bottom tip of your funnel into the balloon’s hole and pinch it in place so it’s air tight. Pour rice into the top of the funnel slowly enough that it slides down through the hole and into the balloon. Keep filling it until the balloon is taught, but not so heavy or full that it spills up the neck to the balloon’s opening; you want to leave a little bit of flexibility there.