First Grade Fun
Before we went on Spring Break, I wanted my students to make Easter Eggs (though I blew up the balloons too much and they turned into Easter Balls).
How to make Balloon Easter Eggs/Balls:
- You will need water balloons, thin string/rope/yarn/embroidery thread, glue, and paint. I’ve seen these done on Pinterest with the embroidery thread and they look amazing. I didn’t have embroidery thread, but I did have a thin string that worked just fine (thanks to Mrs. Ward our 5th grade teacher). The only difference is you have to paint the string.
- Each student will need a water balloon blown up (with air, not water…my students thought I was going to fill them with water). Have the students use a Sharpie to write their name on their balloon. If you are working with older students, then they can blow up their own balloons. I decided to blow up all of the balloons for my students…and it was tough.
- I had four students working at a time at the back table. Don’t forget to cover your table… this activity gets very messy! On the table I had two pie tins with a glue/water mixture (3 parts glue/1 part water) and string cut into 2-3 feet lengths.
- The students had to drench one string at a time, then wrap it around the balloon. (I had to remind the students that it was OK to get their hands dirty with the glue mixture. They just had to be careful when they pulled the string out of the mix so it wouldn’t splatter everywhere.)
- I encouraged the students to use 8-10 pieces of string. You want the balloon mostly covered. It’s okay to have a few open spots. However, the more covered the balloon, the stronger the egg when you pop the balloon.
- We let the balloons dry over night on the back counter (and rotated them so they didn’t sit in a glue puddle). I didn’t cover the counter because I didn’t want the balloons to stick to the paper. I just know I would have to give it a good cleaning once we were completely finished with this art project.
- Once the balloons were dry, I gave the students 8 tempera paints and let them go crazy!
- It took a day for the paint to dry. Once dried, I had the kids come to the back of the room and POP their balloon. They were surprised that the balloon didn’t make a HUGE popping noise. Most of the balloons had so much glue that they were stuck to the string and it took a while for the balloon to pop. I pulled out the balloon, then they kids got to take their creation home.
- Like I said before, I blew the balloons up too much so they were round versus egg shaped. The kids didn’t mind. I told them they would make cool lighting fixtures if they stuck a glow stick inside.
I hope you have fun with your children/students!