Parties Vivian | 28 Sep 2010 10:39 am

Kids Love Making Balloon Animals

Kids learn balloon twisting as a popular and artistic pursuit which entertains and delights children and adults alike. Balloon twisting or balloon modeling can be learned by studying a series of illustrations and video showing technique at various skill levels.

People who adopt balloon twisting or modeling are called Twisters and usually work in areas where they entertain children, visiting parties or as buskers, clowns or restaurant entertainers. There are two main types of balloon twisting. The first is where you make the entire model out of one balloon and the other is where you incorporate two or more balloons in a more intricate sculpture which can be quite multi-colored and dimensional.

Traditionally balloon twisters would inflate the balloons using their own breath. This can be rather hazardous for the balloon twister; balloons, can explode in their face, it is a challenge for older balloon twisters to keep blowing them up using their own breath and there is always the question of hygiene. Parents in particular do not like the idea of their children handling something that has been in the balloon twister抯 mouth and if the balloon bursts, there is a risk of germs being spread.

These days they use either a hand pump, a battery operated or electric pump or a compressed gas tank which contains either air or nitrogen. This type of balloon does not work with helium for two reasons. Firstly the designs are generally too heavy to float and the balloons designed for twisting are too porous for helium anyway.

Small balloons like this can present a choking hazard for small children and to this end, these balloons now carry warnings printed on them. The balloon twister will generally not want to be a bad role model for the child to put the balloon into their own mouths and copy the balloon twister, so this is another reason why most prefer to use pumps to inflate balloons now. Balloons come in a rainbow range of colors and to complete the equipment that you will need along with a pump is a non-toxic marker to draw on the balloons after you have made your creation.

There are many books, DVDs and websites you can visit that will give you step-by-step instructions as to how to create your balloon sculptures, some are better than others so choose carefully. Balloon twisting instructions are what is required, using the visual learning techniques offer by some online businesses will be all you need.

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