Textured Hot Air Balloon Sensory Craft
This week’s creative preschool theme is exploring the 5 senses. This textured hot air balloon sensory craft combines sight, smell, touch and sound. It also uses fine motor skills from painting on the glue and sprinkling the colored rice to placing on tiny stickers and pieces of the different materials used.
Textured Hot Air Balloon Sensory Craft
Talk about each of 5 senses and how it relates to the craft:
- Sight: colorful designs using different materials, shiny glitter
- Sound: tearing tissue paper (or newspaper, construction paper)
- Smell: Mr Sketch Markers (they smell so yummy!), vinegar
- Taste: No tasting anything for this craft, but we talked about how the vinegar smell was so strong we could almost taste it.
- Touch: lots of textures – soft, bumpy, smooth, feathers, sticky glue
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- paper plate
- Mr. Sketch Markers (optional)
- items such as crepe paper, tissue paper, glitter, colored rice, feathers, fabric, felt, bubble wrap, buttons, cotton balls and so on
- hole puncher
- brown paper lunch bag
We used the thicker paper plates and not the flimsy ones although those would work as well. I cut the rim off but left a small area for the bottom of the balloon.
Sketch the curved lines for the seams on the balloon. We used Mr. Sketch Markers which smelled awesome! The colored rice smelled awful since it was soaked in dyed vinegar leftover from our Easter eggs.
Start with one section and paint on glue completely covering that area. Choose a textured item to place over the glue. Repeat until all the sections are filled. We used scented markers, colored rice, glitter, stickers, tissue paper, crepe paper, feathers, craft foam pieces, cotton balls, bubble wrap and a fluffy ribbon for the paper plate hot air balloons.
Punch four holes on the bottom strip – 2 on each side with a space in the middle of numbers 2 and 3. Cut a brown paper lunch bag to create two baskets – I cut along the crease that was towards the bottom. Using this piece, I cut the piece in half the vertical way giving 2 baskets for the balloon. Tape the open end closed. Punch a hole on both sides of the baskets.
Cut two strings per each basket and thread it through the holes. We went through the back of the first hole over through the top of the 2nd hole. These two string ends were threaded through a hole on the same side of the basket, tying it together inside the bag so the not stayed hidden. Repeat with the other side.
Little Sister wanted to put princesses in the hot air balloon craft which we had previously cut (and saved for future use) from the packaging of a Disney product we had purchased. You could also place a cutout photo of the kids or a small toy that fits inside the brown paper pouch.
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See you in two weeks for a preschool math theme! For more activities like this Hot Air Balloon Sensory Craft, check out our sensory exploration category.
Hi Amanda, I love this hot air balloon. Just wondering did you use a flat paper plate or bowl style (hard to tell from the pics)
I used the cardboard paper plates like shown here: Walmart Paper Plates
Thank you for asking 🙂
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