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.
- 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!!!
- 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!