Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

I've been making art with kids non-stop for the past few weeks in my studio here in Jersey City and this craft in particular I thought came out pretty cute - so I wanted to share with you how to make it at home. Pinterest offers many variations of this idea, but I enjoyed using the cardboard tube instead of a paper cup, etc. like many of the other examples show online.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

This craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers - as adults can help with the tricky part - and the kids just get to do the decorating.

You will need:
paper plates, assorted cut paper, glue, a hole puncher, scissors, string, pom poms, pipe cleaners, cute animal stickers, markers and an empty cardboard roll - a stapler or hot glue

Punch a hole at the top of a paper plate and feed through some string as shown above.



Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Have the kiddos add a pattern to their balloon by gluing cut paper, tissue paper and pom poms.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Cut an empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll into sections for the 'basket' of the hot air balloon. (This part - an adult definitely has to do!) Afterwards, tie two pipe cleaners to the cardboard basket as shown to form the balloon strings.
Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Kids will enjoy decorating the balloon baskets with markers and stickers. Animals stickers work great as the tiny passengers for the balloon ;)

Attach the basket and strings to the plate balloon with a few staples or hot glue if you have it handy.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Ta-da! My preschool morning class did a lovely job of decorating - I especially like the round circle of pom poms featured on the left.

Bonus - add some balloon coloring pages to the table as a treat after the craft is over!


Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

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