Motherhood

These Water Balloons Are Blowing My Mind

Crazy water balloons

Crazy water balloons

Crazy water balloons

Every summer, our boys go nuts for water balloons. But there’s nothing more Sisyphean (and finger-pinch-y) as a parent than having to fill and tie a bunch of water balloons, as kids jump impatiently around you. My hands always feel like they’re ten times too big for the job. But! These amazing water balloons fill and tie themselves. You can make 100 water balloons in less than a minute.

Here’s a video:

How cool is that? As my friend Adrienne said, “It’s a parenting miracle.” Find them here, if you’d like.

P.S. Slamdunk birthday presents for kids of all ages.

(Photos by Ana Schechter for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Esther says...

    Just bought this toy per your review. We are excited to try it out this weekend – first weekend of the summer for my four kids! Headed to West River, MD!!

  2. These are incredible. I remember standing by the hose for 45 minutes, only to leave drenched, with 30 balloons filled and about 15 popped lying around my feet. These are so great! Bring the fun back into them! At least for the parents :)

    Cheers!
    http://www.bynicolegeorge.com

  3. These look amazing. My kids would love them. Is there a way of finding out what they are made of? I worry constantly about the impact on the world of the things we buy our children, and I know balloons in particular are terrible for eco-systems, ending up in the water, then in fish, then in us. And that’s before we think about where they are made and who makes them. I’m wondering if the store you bought them from provided any info on their production?

  4. Wow, they make life so easy!!!

  5. Bethann says...

    wow is all i can say… and get me some asap
    -mother of toddler twins

  6. Lana says...

    Sisyphean? Well done!

  7. Erin says...

    They sell a 10-pack of these at costco for less than $20 and its comes with a basin to catch the balloons in. We also make the kids clean up the mess before they get to fill up another round. We have been buying these in bulk this summer!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good to know! thank you!!

    • Esther says...

      Man – I am off to Costco!! Toys R’ Us had a small one for $9.99 – so that’s a good deal!

  8. We just got these too. they are absolutely the best! I feel bad creating the extra plastic waste, but in terms of functionality, these can’t be beat!

  9. Marnie says...

    You are a lifesaver! My kid is having her 5th birthday party this weekend, and I was thinking water balloons would be very fun. I just ordered via Amazon Prime!

  10. What an amazing invention!! I’ve started bring bubbles to the park and my daughter thought I was the coolest mom around – this is WAY cooler than bubbles!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  11. Lori says...

    We have these and love them – I will point out one hack I have learned I find they fill better and are easier to fill if you put some water in a large Rubbermaid container and then rest the bottoms of the balloons in that when filling them. I found that we had less break during filling and were able to fill them fuller – which might alleviate the problem I have seen people post here with the balloons being hard to pop.

  12. Oh, I would have loved this as a child! Such a smart invention. Glad to know kids still love something as simple and wonderful as water balloons!

    xo Helen @ http://www.KaleidoscopeSpinning.com

  13. 3Jboysmom says...

    I saw a “hack” on Facebook for a way to re-use the dispenser. The mom said after they used the balloons that came with the dispenser, she used the smallest size balloons (cheapest ones) and those little bands that kids collect. She wrapped the small bands twice on 2 fingers, slid a balloon on each straw of the dispenser and wrapped the band 3 times on the balloon. I haven’t tried this but the mom said it works great and her kids have water balloons all the time.

  14. Carol says...

    We received these in a gift bag and they are indeed amazing. Thanks so much for the link – I haven’t been able to find them locally. Off to order more…

  15. Ashlei says...

    These are also currently available at my local Target for $10/bunch (100 balloons)

  16. Heather says...

    AND….. you can save the attachment and little tubes to make a quick sprinkler!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!

    • sarah says...

      So true. And no one ever did clean up. The NYC playgrounds are covered in little pieces of colorful latex and when my daughter was a small toddler it drove me insane. (The little ones were always trying to stick in their mouth.) I wonder why no one considered broken balloons to be litter? Seems just as bad as cigarette butts and fast food trash to me.

  17. That’s an absolute miracle! How is that even possible?

  18. Katie says...

    Fun! I participated in the World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight in college at UK and have ptsd from tying balloons and picking up balloon fragments. This would have been great!

  19. Kate says...

    I’m glad you showed pictures of doing this on concrete – somewhere easy to sweep up and collect the bits of rubber left over. As one earlier commented, balloons are terrible for the environment (helium balloons are the worst!). I have walked through a park only to find thousands of bits of rubber among the grass.

    • Jeannie says...

      Thanks for bringing this up!

  20. WHERE HAVE THESE BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

  21. Kathy says...

    My boys are now 32 and 30 years old and they loved water balloons. You brought back great memories!! And yes my guys were impatient too! Some things just don’t change.

  22. Kirstin says...

    I think the worst part of water balloons is cleaning up tons of tiny rubber bits afterwords. I like squirt guns and water blasters better.

  23. This is so cute! It looks like your little ones are having a blast. I’m far from having kids but when I do, it’ll be lots of water-balloon fights :)

    xx, mel
    http://melinspired.com

  24. Rebecca says...

    Yes! We used them for my son’s birthday party, and I didn’t even mind when they had all been used in 2 minutes flat. ;) You can also buy them at Target with a launcher!

  25. Christie says...

    I feel like such a party pooper because I have preschoolers, too, but, man, balloons blow. They are terrible for the environment. Water guns are so much better. http://balloonsblow.org/the-ugly-truth/

    • Susan says...

      Agree – may be recyclable – but who picks up the wee bits to be recycled?

    • So glad someone is aware of the eco-costs of balloons — even the ones made of “Recyclable Plastic” — great if someone picks up all the broken bits and finds a recycling centre that actually accepts the plastic, mixed as it is with Rubber. . .

    • Thanks for mentioning the environmental coniderations. Unforunately, it is very true. There is one other consideration: balloons are a serious choke hazard, and (apparently) the heimlich maneuver does not work should the balloon plastic become lodged in the wind pipe. I’m no expert, but it’s probably worth googling if you are planning on using balloons. Just thought it should be mentioned. (Boy, I really do feel like a party pooper. Sorry! Honestly, I like to have fun!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for these great points

    • Taylor says...

      Carina,

      I laughed out loud when I read your post! My dad was a safety supervisor at a chemical plant for a long time, and one of his big safety things when we were growing up was balloons. I KNOW I am overreacting 99% of the time, but I always cringe when I see kids playing with them. My husband grew up playing with sparklers, balloons, bb guns, trampolines…all things that were totally banned in my house :). I’m getting used to the idea of letting go a little with our kids, but my safety man dad’s voice just will not leave my head!

  26. Karen says...

    My boys are older (12 and 14) and they had an epic water ballon fight with these balloons last weekend and loved them. My only complaint in the mess (unavoidable I suppose) and the plastic waste from the attachment that connects the balloons to the hose. (I don’t think it’s recyclable).But overall, thumbs up for good old fashioned summer fun!

  27. Lora says...

    We used a different brand than these so I don’t know if it’s true of all balloons of this type but we found you can’t fill them too far in advance of using them or they will leak most of the water out. We filled them about 2 hours before using them (stored in coolers) and roughly 1/2 of them were half empty by game time.

    • I had the opposite problem. I filled them the day before the party, and the rubber had stretched, so the were impossible to pop, no matter how hard you threw them.

  28. Wow! To think of all the time I wasted in my childhood trying to tie (and accidentally popping in the process) so many water balloons! I’m a grown woman with no kids, and I kinda want that just so I can destroy my nieces and nephews the next time I see them. Is that bad? Or just me being a good aunt? ;-)

  29. Aren’t they amazing!? We donated during the Kickstarter and we don’t even have kids! Genius idea.

  30. Irene says...

    I discovered this last summer thought it was genius, but of course my kids insisted they don’t pop? We’ve gone back to finger pinching!

    • Christy says...

      My girls said the same thing! They resorted to squeezing the water out at each other. Fun either way!

  31. Judy says...

    Yesterday, we had our epic, end-of-beach-week water balloon fight. And we used these too! My fingers say THANK YOU. We used the ones that have INK in them. They’re super fun and messy and rinse right off, too.

  32. And this is why i love your blog! Earlier today I walked past the water balloons at the store knowing the heaven/hell they create for the kids and I respectively. Thank you for this PSA!

  33. Carrie says...

    Amazing! Everyone knows that in a water-balloon fight, time is of the essence.