Squishy Balloon Faces

These squishy balloon faces are so easy and fun, and they cost next to nothing. 


Play Dough (recipe below)

Permanent Marker

Balloons (good quality)


1. Make a batch of play dough. This recipe will fill about 3-4 balloons but if you want more, just double/triple it.

  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons oil

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir of medium heat until it balls up. Remove and knead lightly. Allow to cool.

2. The hardest part of this activity is getting the play dough inside the balloon. The kids and I did team work, and I opened the balloon, and the children balled up small pieces of play dough and pushed it inside. The end of  a fork/knife/pen can be useful too.  Fill the balloon with play dough until the rounded part of the balloon is full. Then tie a knot in the top.

3. Decorate with permanent marker (note: after a lot of squishing, the pen can fade but it’s easy to draw it back on again).


Nicole from Gateway Therapies says playing with playdough is great for hand strengthening, which is important for developing fine motor skills such as writing and holding cutlery. Playdough provides a bit of resistance when being moulded and manipulated, so is perfect for little growing hands.


  • Just for fun
  • Birthday Party craft or party favour
  • Learn how to juggle
  • Stress ball
  • Play catch
  • School holiday activity

Simple fun for kids - Squishy Balloon Faces

They squish! 


Balloon People

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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