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.