Balloon animals: poodle
Making balloon animals is a fun party game idea as well as a great challenge for kids that will improve their fine motor skills.
What you need:
- 1 x 80cm long balloon
(You can get packets of balloon animal balloons from a party shop or newsagent - they come with a special hand pump inside)
Inflate the balloon until it is approximately 80cm long.
Twist a 15cm bubble for the nose: it's longer than you think, because you're going to bend it back to create the face.
Twist another 20cm bubble which will become the head.
Bend the 20cm bubble into a ring and lock twist it (see video)
Bend the long nose bubble backwards into the ring and push it about half way through.
Now twist a 2cm neck section and two 10cm bubbles for the front legs.
Lock twist the two front legs together.
Twist a 6cm bubble for the body and two more 10cm bubbles to make the back legs.
Lock twist the back legs together.
Straighten the bubbles, so your dog looks nearly complete.
There's a small 5cm bit of balloon left. Hold the uninflated part of the balloon (the little tail you didn't inflate fully) and squeeze it until a tiny bobble appears on the end of the balloon. This is your poodle's tail.
Hints and tips:
You can use another straight inflated balloon to make a collar and lead for your poodle. Just lock twist the end around his neck and take him for a walk.
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