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Balloon Workshop
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:41:53 AM »
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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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2012, 11:21:46 AM »
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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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2012, 12:19:29 PM »
Thanks for the tip. I forgot to mentioned the scout are age 8-10
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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2012, 05:28:49 PM »
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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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012, 05:30:46 PM »
Oh and poundland do usable 2-way pumps for, suprisingly, a pound.
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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2012, 05:37:34 PM »
Quote from: "tangoo"
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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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2012, 07:14:42 PM »
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

Mark
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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012, 11:39:59 PM »
[attachment=0:3vuzofae]workshop3.jpg[/attachment:3vuzofae]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.

Good luck.
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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2012, 11:59:15 PM »
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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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2012, 09:25:23 PM »
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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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2012, 06:11:44 PM »
I too did my first Balloon Workshop for 55 kids at Vacation care just recently. I pre-inflated 300 balloons (all by hand and never again!), and my 12 year old came with me 'Balloon Boy'. We split the kids up in lots of 15 as I had 2 hours of workshop followed by 2 hrs of face painting. So very tight. 1/2 hour each group. It went very well and they got to make whatever they wanted at the end.
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Re: Balloon Workshop
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2016, 12:30:06 PM »
I have done tons of these as part of an after school enrichment program. From 5 years to 12, and then once for senior citizens. I have discovered that even a 3 twist dog is cool when "you make it yourself".  The key is plenty of encouragement and lots of humor. Pioneer party group sells a pump great for small/old hands, easy action and not the spindle type that snaps. I attached a photo to show you the size between the standard red Qualatex pump and the one I am describing.
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