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Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids! Up up and away!

by on May 16th, 2012

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I love playing with paper-mache! The activities and the outcomes that can be done with them are countless! During our lesson on different kinds of transportation, we made some HOT AIR BALLOONS!


It was fun to see the different reactions from the kids! Some of them were really excited, while others like myself got weak on their knees at the thought of riding a balloon several hundred feet above the ground!


What you will need:

  • Balloon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Glue/Water (PVA glue)
  • 2 Paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Small plastic cup
  • Yarn
  • One-hole puncher



What you will do:


Step 1:  Before handing the kids the balloons, blow some air into it first! You can even play a quick game with these blown up balloon before proceeding with the activity




Step 2: After that quick game, hand the kids some PVA glue (3 parts glue, 1 part water mixture) and a paintbrush and allow them to paint the balloon with it.


We placed the balloon on the plastic cup so it doesn’t keep rolling over. Moreover, it was also to keep the kids from covering the entire balloon.



Step 3: Then give them strips of newspaper to put over the this. Several of our students were able to do it but there were also several who had a difficult time or eventually got bored, so just feel free to help them out.




Step 4: Put another layer of glue over the newspaper. (We mostly did this part ‘coz the kids had a hard time since the newspaper kept sticking to the brush)




Step 5: Put strips of tissue paper over the newspaper





Step 6: Wait for it to dry (might take a day or two)




Step 7: Have the kids paint over it

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Step 8: POP the balloon! (My favorite part) and remove it using the bottom part of the balloon (the part without the newspaper and tissue




Step 9: Punch some holes on the plastic cup and the bottom of the balloon and use a piece of yarn to string them together!



Step 10: Hang them up and enjoy the wonderful display!



Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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