how to make a Hot Air Balloon


  • A balloon
  • Scissors
  • A bowl
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Sticky tape 
  • A cardboard roll
  • 4 fuzzy sticks


  1. First you’ll need to blow up your balloon to the size you want it… and tie it off.

  2. Next we need to make the paper mache glue – you might need a grown up to help. In a bowl add a cup of flour and a cup of water and mix it all up – make sure there’s no lumps!

  3. When that’s done, take your newspaper and tear it into large pieces – you’ll need a lot to cover your balloon.

  4. Now, take a strip of newspaper, dip in paste and stick it to the balloon. Repeat this until the entire balloon is covered and there are at least 3 layers of paper on it.

  5. Then you have to wait for it to dry. This might take a couple of days so you'll have to be patient.

  6. Once it’s dry you might need a grown up’s help to pop the balloon in the inside. Take out the popped balloon.

  7. Then it’s time to paint! You can decorate however you like. You might want to try using some stripes and spots.

  8. Now to make the basket. Take your cardboard tube and carefully cut it in half. Remember – ask a grown up for help before you use the scissors.

  9. When that’s done you can paint that too. Then we have to do some more waiting until they’re dry.

  10. When it’s dry you could cut out some paper triangles to make tiny flags and use glue to stick them to your balloon.

  11. Now to put it all together.  Take four fuzzy sticks and use some sticky tape to tape one end of them to the bottom of the balloon. Then use some more tape to stick the other ends to the inside of the basket.

    And there you go! Your very own Kidzone Hot Air Balloon!

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