Ladybug Balloons: A DIY Preschooler Gift that Gives

Ladybug Playdough Balloon gift
Balloons and playdough are the perfect gift for a creative preschooler. We have a friend who loves ladybugs, after seeing this post by Sew Can Do where Cheryl made Easter Eggs with Playdough, we decided to do something similar. Only instead of filling our balloons with playdough, we filled them with goop. I prefer goop over playdough as it leaves no messy residue to wipe up. And instead of making eggs, we made ladybugs.

Related: Print bug coloring pages.

Directions:Mix up the goop.
Fill the balloons with goop. (We double ballooned them for durability). Tie them off.
Decorate with spots and pipe-cleaner antenna.
Fill a bag with your bugs and… Viola! You have the perfect gift for a preschooler. They get to play with bugs, then “burst” them to have more goop playing fun! I love goop. There is no residue to clean up after – so much better than playdough!   We made our DIY gift bag following directions from Maggy of RedTedArt.   She made some out of old comics, we used pages of a book that had fallen apart.   Thanks Maggy for the “final touch”!
Do you have a DIY gift that was a hit with your preschoolers? I’d love to hear about it!


Looking for more balloon activities? Check out Jaime from Hands On: We Grow!


    1. Just stretch the mouth of the balloon open and stuff it in there 🙂 It was a learning process the first few tries.

  1. Oh what a perfect gift for preschoolers! Love it! Esp in this day and age where there is “pressure” to make bigger and better party bags.. this is perfect. Thanks for sharing it and thank you for making our party bags 🙂

    Maggy x

  2. I simply LOOOVED the lady bug balloon ! Once, I made a gift box using some woven clothes (using scrapbooking techniques) to make it similar to a lady bug and the final result was perfect. I love decoration and your idea is perfect, I’m definitely using it in one of my parties =D

  3. Very unique. It looks like a real bug. Nice idea,i love it

  4. Awesome! I really like the idea in making this one. At first i thought it was a real bug but it’s not. I agree with you chloe it really looks like a real bug.Good work.

  5. I love it. You have a very nice idea,i agree with them it really looks like a real bug.

  6. The simple recipe of one part cornstarch to one part water makes it easy to have science fun at home.
    This site will give you some ideas about Goop.

    1. Kristen Yard says:

      Yes! There are SO many inexpensive STEM activities that can easily be done at home with basic household items!

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