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 Post subject: Balloon Workshop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:41 am 
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Hi Everyone,
I have been asked to help the scouts with their 'new skills badge' and will be doing a workshop making basic balloon animals. I've not done a balloon workshop or been to one and would welcome any advice or tips.

Normally it's children's parties I do and have occasionally showed older kids how so make a dog or sword when just one or two kids but this group is 25!
I've bought some spare balloon pumps and thought it would be good to take some pre-inflated balloons and some kids might not even be able to tie a knot!.

Not thought yet how best to plan the hour so hope I get some feedback.

Thanks in advance....bye the way the event is this Friday!

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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
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Take plenty of inflated balloons, I doubt many if any will be able to inflate and tie the balloon and keep it as basic as possible. The hour will fly.

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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:19 pm 
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Thanks for the tip. I forgot to mentioned the scout are age 8-10

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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
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The I.D.E.A.S. coaching methodology is universally useful. It makes things run very smoothly and it is easy to do. I won't go into the psychology much except to say that each step matters, and so does the sequence. I learned this as a canoe coach but it works anywhere.

Introduction : Hello, we are going to make a balloon dog today. Has anyone made a dog before? Well we will all do it together to start with. First of all I'm just going to show you. Then I shall explain. Then we will all have a go.

Demonstration. DO NOT SPEAK AT THIS POINT.

Explanation . Repeat the demonstration, explaining as you go

Activity . Now is the time to give out the balloons and let them have a go

Summary . Well done everyone now that you can make a dog, you might like to try some other animals


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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:30 pm 
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Oh and poundland do usable 2-way pumps for, suprisingly, a pound.


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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:37 pm 
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tangoo wrote:
The I.D.E.A.S. coaching methodology is universally useful. It makes things run very smoothly and it is easy to do. I won't go into the psychology much except to say that each step matters, and so does the sequence. I learned this as a canoe coach but it works anywhere.

Introduction : Hello, we are going to make a balloon dog today. Has anyone made a dog before? Well we will all do it together to start with. First of all I'm just going to show you. Then I shall explain. Then we will all have a go.

Demonstration. DO NOT SPEAK AT THIS POINT.

Explanation . Repeat the demonstration, explaining as you go

Activity . Now is the time to give out the balloons and let them have a go

Summary . Well done everyone now that you can make a dog, you might like to try some other animals

Thanks for that...a great tip and useful foundation giving me something to build on

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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:14 pm 
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I have done a few off these - but mostly for adults.

What I do is start with the 3 twist Dog. and if time and humour permit try a flower

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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:39 am 
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I have done a workshop for out of school leaders ( adults).
would agree with what others have said, i had 90 - 100, 260's pre inflated, i opted to demonstrate the basic hat base, as once and easily mastered, can be personalised, i created a crown. but as we know,just how many models can one make with it.

do not forget the leaders, i printed off sheet's of the, basic twists and step by step how to instructions.
I was lucky my materials were paid for and i managed to give all groups attending a bag of 260's and a (£1land pump ).
this allowed easy followup.

as a team challange we made a body of a bug, each, which we all linked together to make a large catapillar.
in Scouts and others, team work and helping each other are encouraged.
Finally do not expect 10 yr olds to always sit quietly, suggest doing / promise a few balloon games, and i was expecting perfection,at start, soon realised quality was less important than getting a result.

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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
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I have one this a couple of times nd completely agree - preinflate the balloons with that amount of kids!! If a couple of kids catch on quicljy, get them to help those around them.
They will have a blast!!


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 Post subject: Re: Balloon Workshop
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:25 pm 
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Thanks for all the great ideas.
There were 25 kids in all plus 4 helpers. For the warm up I put some music on and all the kids danced to Gangnam Stlye!
As suggested I printed of some info sheets with pictures of how to make a dog and a sword plus a flower and a freestyle competition so they'd use their imagination.

Glad a took plenty of inflated balloon!

Even at 10 years old most could not inflate a balloon without it flying off into the distance and tying knots was difficult too so didn't need the 25 balloon pumps I'd bought :|

The went by very quickly and they all had a great time. Think I'll roll out & promote a workshop for next year.

Thanks again everyone

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