How to make balloon birds

PDF Printable

PDF Printable

I love any craft that is simple, cheap, allows creativity, and can be played with.

So balloon crafts are always a winner!

This is the first in a series of balloon crafts that you can do with children at home or at school.

I have included a free printable with a template for the pieces you need; they are just a guide so feel free to experiment with your own shapes.


Instructions

  • Step 1
    Trace or draw the shapes onto construction paper
  • Step 2
    Cut the shapes out
  • Step 3
    Blow up one balloon per child (for a large group, you’ll want to do this beforehand)
  • Step 4
    Use double sided tape to stick the wings, beak, and feet on the balloon
  • Step 5
    Make eyes – use stickers, markers, or whatever else takes your fancy
  • Step 6 (optional)
    Add a tail. I like using old plastic bags cut into strips and tied to the balloon; it looks good and makes a fun noise.
  • Step 7
    Play with the bird!!!

Tips

  • Let the children make choices: what color to use, where to position body/face parts, etc… Accuracy doesn’t matter; aim for creativity.
  • The children can design the wings and other body parts. They can scribble, draw, paint, add stickers, etc…
  • Soften the balloons – It helps prevent accidental popping when children try to remove the body parts! Inflate each balloon as much as you dare then partially deflate before tying.
  • Give ownership. Children should be supported so that they can do as much as possible by themselves. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be theirs!
  • Make it seasonal! Add a snood and a wattle to make a turkey!
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