Balloon twisting, balloon modelling... Call it what you will, making balloon animals is a quirky hobby that is easy to learn.
Before you begin, you will need a good stock of balloons. The long, thin balloons that balloon modellers most commonly use are called 260's, as they are two inches in diameter and 60 inches in length. You can purchase these at any party supply store.
You should also purchase an air pump, as blowing up balloons manually can be exhausting. Air pumps for balloons can also be found at any party supply store.
Once you're properly equipped, you can start.
The quickest and easiest way to learn the art of balloon twists is to visit a how-to website. There are myriad sites out there with simple, easy to follow instructions. This About.com guide provides teaches the basic folds and shows you how to make simple balloon creations like a dog and a sword.
Alternately, you could take a look at a YouTube video. This series is good for beginners.
There are also several books on the subject. Try these books from Amazon, which range from beginner to expert level.
If you've tried the books and the websites and you still can't get it, receive personal instruction by organising a balloon twisting workshop. Try Twisted Workshops or the Australian Magician website to find someone near you.
Balloon animals are a treat for young and old. Impress your friends and curry favour with your nieces and nephews by learning how to twist balloons into animal shapes.