Craft activity: creating textured balloons

This activity is part of Sense’s arts, sports and wellbeing programme to provide activity guides to do at a time that suits you. You can use this activity guide at home or in an educational setting.

This super simple activity can be readily adapted or made with things lying around. Different textures can be explored and supports independent choice.

Who is this for?

Placeholder text: This is craft activity for anyone caring for someone who is deafblind or with complex disabilities.

Why does this make a difference?

Placeholder text: This is a creative and sensory activity that helps people learn by exploring touch and different textures and supporting independent choice.

Equipment and materials needed

Balloons or disposable gloves, a funnel, and fillers in small bowls (e.g. rice, flour, dried food like cous cous or popping corn, water etc) and a spoon.

Step 1:

Encourage exploration of the different fillers - be creative about what could be tried out!

Craft activity: creating textured balloons

Step 2

Blow up the balloon and hold the air in it for a few moments, this stretches the balloon out.

Blow up the balloon and hold the air in it for a few moments, this stretches the balloon out.

Step 3

Pop the funnel in the neck of the balloon and spoon a filler into the bowl, remove the funnel and knot the end.

Step 4

Pop the funnel in the neck of the balloon and spoon a filler into the bowl, remove the funnel and knot the end.

How to adapt the session

  • Look around the kitchen or home for different types of liquid, gel or dried things that can be used to created different textures.
  • If you don’t have a funnel, cut the top section of a plastic bottle off
  • These sensory balloons can be kept and used as a sensory aid at a later session too.