Tie helium balloons to kids' bracelets rather than their wrists
Christy! What a great idea. Never would have thought of this myself.
I've got a hack that I just discovered by accident when we were at a local festival. I thought that with county fair season approaching, parents would appreciate this.
My daughter begged me to wear a bracelet to the event (community fair type of festival). After getting the 2nd helium balloon of the day, I decided to tie it to her bracelet, instead of her arm. She never allows me to tie it to her arm because it's too constrictive, but the bracelet worked great! It was a heavy beaded bracelet, so it acted like a weight as well. This allowed her to take it on and off as she wanted. The bracelet also allowed me to attach it to my water bottle when she got tired of wearing it!
We also noticed several booths giving out rubber bracelets. You could use one of those as well, though I'm not sure it would be effective as a weight. I noticed another mom that took a balloon string and looped it through the neck hole and out the armhole of her toddler's shirt, tying it into a bow. That worked well too!
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