Just need a different idea than the balloon. Wacky sacks are balloons filled with playdough. Keeps kids' hands busy while they focus on the teacher :). Can serve as a stress ball for teachers too! All directions are here along with pics.
I had a great idea to incorporate some wooden apple trees into our block area for some great imaginative play, but I’m not that crafty with wood & didn’t have the money to spend on some very nice wooden apple trees on Etsy.