HOW DID YOU GET INTO BALLOON TWISTING?
Once upon a time, a balloon twister made my nephew smile the biggest, most glowing smile I had ever seen. I decided right then to learn to twist balloons so I could see that smile again next time.
CAN BALLOONS BE RECYCLED?
Twisting balloons are made from tree sap. They are biodegradable. They go into the regular trash, not recycling. Ideally, they should be shredded so as to avoid injury to wildlife during the decomposing process.
How safe are twisting balloons?
Twisting balloons are among the safest of balloon types. The most common reason for a balloon accident is when a child attempts to blow up a balloon, inflates it too much, then it pops back into their mouth. Luckily, they are highly unlikely to be able to do this with twisting balloons. Contrary to what you may have seen, twisting balloons are extremely difficult to inflate with the mouth. There is a trick to it, one children should not be taught. In fact, I recommend not mouth inflating balloons of any kind in front of children.
Balloon safety is very important, particularly when children (or… ahem…impaired adults) are involved. Balloons should NEVER BE PLACED IN OR NEAR A CHILD’S MOUTH. Closely supervise any young child while they are enjoying balloons. Try to avoid selecting balloon colors resembling the color of the inside of a human mouth (e.g. pinks and reds), especially with small children. That way if for some reason there is an issue, the balloon fragment can be more easily seen to be removed.
WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND SELECTING PREMADE BALLOONS FOR CHILDREN 3 AND UNDER INSTEAD OF LIVE TWISTING?
Experience has taught me that toddlers often experience what I call “balloon envy.” They may have been happy with their balloon when it was made for them. But once the next toddler receives a different balloon, now that new balloon is often the most desired item in the universe. My goal in balloon twisting is to create happiness, not balloon envy. Having premade balloons both eliminates this problem and allows for greater integration into a party theme. It’s also cheaper! 😉