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These Squishy Squashy Sensory Balloon Games came from the brilliant mind of my web partner Sarah.

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I have recently started working with 4-year-old twins on the autism spectrum. I am just getting to know these kids but I immediately observed that both of the kids were very sensory seeking. So I asked Sarah for some ideas and she came up with this Squishy Squashy Sensory Balloon Game idea. Sensory play for kids is such an important piece in child development, so as many sensory games we can introduce, the better.

I have been trying out the squishy squashy sensory balloons with a few of my clients and it has been fun seeing the different ways that the kids choose to discover and play with these awesome feeling balloons.


  • Giant sized balloons (Ours were 36″)
  • A variety of fillings. I used what I had on hand: Beans, Rice, Hair Gel, Epsom Salt, Corn Meal. (Most bought at the dollar store in giant sized quantities.)

Instructions on ways to play with your Squishy Squashy Sensory Balloons:

  • Since the balloons are so big, they are easy to fill. I used a paper funnel for some and just poured straight from the package for others. Fill the balloons with the filling of your choice. Do not overfill or the balloons might break. Tie closed.

Now it is time to have fun! Here are some squishy squashy sensory balloon games that we have tried out:

  • Make a stepping “stone” path. Incorporate it into an obstacle course and have the kids step on the balloons. This activity really exercises the vestibular system (balance) as the body has to adjust as you step on different surfaces.

Squishy Squashy Sensory Balloon Games

  • One child really wanted me to blow up the balloons, so I did. They ended up a funny shape.  Blow up the squishy squashy sensory balloons (just a little or they may pop) and explore the sounds and feeling the balloons have. I had tied the balloons shut with rubber bands and string to make it easier to add and let out air.

Squishy Sensory Balloon Blown up

  • Play catch with the balloons.
  • Have the kids guess what is inside by feeling the balloons.
  • Use the heavier balloons (the cornmeal balloon is the heaviest one that I made) and use them as lap fidgets when you want an active child to sit still.
  • Have the kids try balancing the squishy squashy sensory balloons on their heads.

Squishy Squashy Sensory Balloon Games

Those are some of the ways that we have played with the squishy squashy sensory balloons. I am going to try them out with more kids and I am sure that we will find new ways to play with them. I was kind of surprised by how great these sensory balloons feel and how fun they are to play with. They have been one of my more popular toys with the younger set.

KidSpot has some fun ideas for more balloon games.

Hands On As We Grow has 30 Ways to Play with Balloons.

How about you? How would you play with these balloons?

More Sensory Fun:

Sensory Friendly Valentines Collage
Sensory Friendly Valentines
Bedtime Buddies
Don’t Turn the Page Book Activity
Sensory Autumn Art Collage
Sensory Autumn Art
Texture Paints Art Process Activity
Texture Paints Art Process Activity

Squishy Squashy Sensory Balloon Games: easy activity for kids of all ages. Fidgets, calming, muscle building balloons.


  1. These look like so much fun and make a great activity! I’d love to add Rice to one! I think I’d have just as much fun as the kids 🙂


  2. Wow, these are amazing ideas. I have two toddlers but I know they would love these. I’ve never seen those oversize balloons but I am going to try to find them. My kids love balloons so this would be fabulous.

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  3. The OT at our school suggested we fill the balloons with flour and make “stress balls” for the children. They worked well for group activities as a way to help children focus and stay calm.


    1. I am about to do this activity at a school playground today. Wish me luck!


  4. Love this idea! I especially love the one about lap fidgets. I have a few squirmy ones at home. 🙂


    1. Thanks, one group of kids liked them so much that I promised to make smaller versions with them next time we meet. It should be fun.


  5. What a great idea. I am definitely gonna try this with my daughter and good to know how much these balloons can take, considering the fact that they sustained even in the playground. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.


    1. I hope your daughter likes them. I was truly astonished by how much abuse the balloons could take.


  6. How fun! I’d love to make these with letter or numbers on them to incorporate some more learning!!!


    1. That’s a great idea! I used them for a color matching game.


  7. Sounds like a great idea! Both of my kids would love this! All I need are balloons and I’m set!


    1. It’s worth the trip to the store. I took them to a playground the other day and I was happy to see how much fun the kids had and how durable they are. The balloons took a lot of abuse but not one broke.


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