Hot air balloons offer almost magical inspiration for young children's craft projects with their bright colours and ability to float high in the sky. Encourage children to use different arts and craft materials to create hot air balloons of different types that will allow young imaginations and creativity to soar.
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A paper plate can be turned into a hot air balloon by adding a swinging basket underneath. Punch two holes at the bottom of the plate about 3 inches apart. Paint or draw coloured patterns onto the plate to decorate the balloon. Cut a square "basket" about 4 inches wide, from thick brown card, and then punch two holes at the top of the basket about 3 inches apart. Cut out two small paper people and stick them onto the basket. Hang the basket from the paper balloon by looping a pipe cleaner through each hole of the balloon and through the holes in the basket.
Children can create a light-as-air balloon from tissue paper as part of a multimedia collage. Draw an air balloon on a large, poster-size sheet of thick paper. Paint a blue sky around it and green earth beneath. Cut out squares of tissue paper and glue them inside the balloon shape to create a patchwork pattern. Glue cord to the collage representing the rope that attaches the basket to the balloon and stick down rows of Popsicle sticks to cover the basket. White cotton wool can be used to create clouds in the sky around the balloon.
Help children turn a blow-up balloon into a toy air balloon. If you have access to helium you can make the balloon float up in the air itself, but even filling a balloon with ordinary air will still make a fun craft projects for kids. Draw patterns on a balloon before it is inflated, and then blow up the balloon. Pierce four holes at equal spaces around the edge of a small paper cup. Decorate the cup using a brown pen to create a basket. Knot lengths of ribbon through the holes in the cup, and then secure the ribbons to the top of the balloon with tape, so the paper cup basket hangs beneath it.
Kids can create hot air balloons that hang in the air with a paper plate mobile. Paint a paper plate blue to create the sky and stick white cotton wool onto it as fluffy clouds. Cut out balloons shapes from construction paper and use crayons or paints to make designs on each side. Cut out square basket shapes from construction paper to hang underneath. Connect the baskets, balloon shapes and paper plate sky with ribbon.
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