Hot Air Balloon Game
Need a creative bulletin board for spring or summer? Imagine these colorful balloons in your hallway along with one of the two included writing prompts. This hot air balloon art lesson is perfect for classroom teachers wanting to learn how to paint with markers. Step-by-step picture directions are given for how to transfer the template to drawing paper. However, if you’re short on time, you can simply have your students design directly onto the template using colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide them from start to finish.
Are you going to be absent and need a last minute art lesson for the substitute? Or do you need something for students during indoor recess? Fill up your art sub plan folder with no-prep, fuss-free art projects. Once your students know how to play the game, they’re easy to leave with a sub! Create a small sub tub in your room with drawing paper and markers. And leave copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice. This works well for both classroom and art teachers alike.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your classroom? This hot air balloon art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, file them in labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
You will create a hot air balloon by rolling the die and collecting the different parts to put it together.
- First, trace and cut out two balloons and baskets.
- Then roll the die to select a pattern to draw across one side of one balloon.
- Fold the other balloon vertically down the center to create four sections.
- Roll the die four more times, drawing each selected pattern on one segment of the folded balloon.
- Using washable markers, outline everything. Be sure to outline large areas where they meet parts of the design.
- Dip a small brush in water and carefully smudge it in the marker lines to paint in the shapes. Allow each side to dry slightly before moving on to the next section.
- Hot glue or tacky glue folded balloon segment to center of first balloon so it sticks out.
- Cut two pieces of yarn approximately 2” long.
- Lastly, glue yarn and baskets together and then attached to backside of balloon.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the hot air balloon game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to design a hot air balloon using 5 unique patterns and paint it in using a marker painting technique
- Drawing Paper
- Brown Construction Paper
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Hot Air Balloon Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- 2-Page Lesson Plan
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- 2 Writing Prompts
- 2 Coloring Pages
- Helpful Tips and Tricks
- Pattern Practice Drawing Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
Thank you for all your hard work! This is perfect for my hopes and dream bulletin board this year. – Andrew F.
This was easy to use, directions were simple and easy to follow. My kids enjoyed it and it made a fun bulletin board for our grade level. – Samantha A.
This was a fun way to de-stress after assessments this year and doubled as great decorations for our 5th grade promotion ceremony! – Ashley G.