Balloon Yo-yos

We love parades.  Is there anything more joyful than watching a bunch of fun people march by you, catching candy by the handful, and feeling the beat of a marching band invade your entire body, down to your toes?  I didn’t think so.

When we were at the Grand Floral Parade earlier this year, balloon yo-yos were everywhere, and being sold for at least three dollars a pop.  Of course, my immediate thought was a) no, you don’t need one of those, they’re too expensive, and b) I can make those for pennies!  So, when it came time for our favorite parade of the year, the Multnomah Days Parade I knew I could and would make some.

We invited a bunch of friends to join us on the bridge to watch the parade and I brought along chalk and a bag full of  balloon yo-yos to play with while we waited for the  parade to start.  To make the balloon yo-yos, I just took a bunch of water balloons, filled with about two ounces of water, blew a little air in them, and tied them.  Then, I looped a rubber band around the tied part of the balloon.  Voila!  Instant toy!

Everyone loved them, the babies included.  But, it was a little surprising to them when they suddenly would pop.  Luckily, it was a hot day and there is so little water in these that they dried out easily and were able to forget any incident quickly.


2 Responses to “Balloon Yo-yos”

  1. 1 Rick August 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    The best parade of my life was before you were born. It was in Tehachapi and I had the body shop. I had twiked out my brothers 56 Ford pick-up and it looked sharp. I drove it in the parade and there were people in the bed on bales of hay. We had the company signs afixed to the pick-up. All of us in the pick-up had candy we were “distributing” to the crowd. Actually, it was good sport to throw it AT them. GOOD TIMES good times!

  2. 2 Karen August 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I think the only thing the kids remember about the parades at this point is the Candy!!!!!

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