10.01.2012

Joyful Monday: Balloons



October 3rd, Wednesday, is Balloons Around the World Day.  This is one of my favorites!   Our tradition is each year is to get a helium balloon for each child, have them write a message on their balloon, and then send it up into the sky.  It's encouraged to write nice messages for people to find....unless you have a 7 year old boy who writes, "You will die tomorrow."  Yeah.  Fun times.

Here are some other things I'd like to do this year:

Literature Frist: 

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One of my favorites for older readers. 
Just a quirky story about how one small island of people is saved by 21 Balloons.



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Math
Hooda Math is a great webstie for math games I just stumbled upon.  The Balloon Math game is a fun way to practice your math facts.

Also you can blow up different sizes and shapes of balloons (get the mixed pack).  Measure, sort by size and color, talk about circumference, and more.


Science:
Have balloon rocket races  races.  Slide a long piece of string through a straw and tie each end of the string to two secure stakes (or trees, whatever is stable).  Tape the balloon to the straw.  Blow up the balloon, do not tie.  When ready to race, let the air go out of the balloon and watch it shoot across the yard.  Okay...maybe you'll find a better explanation here

Balloon Art: 
Remember in Princess Diaries where Mia and her mom are throwing darts and paint-filled balloons?  Well, I have always wanted to do that!  I don't know if we'll get to it this year, but I would love to put up a large sheet of paper on our back fence and make cool balloon art. 

Too messy and challengine?  Just make balloon animals instead!  All kids love these.  :-)


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2 comments:

  1. You could do the balloon art on a big drop cloth instead of paper and then use it as a tablecloth for birthday parties or something fun.
    Balloons are awesome!

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  2. That's my G's birthday! I'm doing a home preschool with him right now and I'm totally going to do a balloon day with these fun books and activities, esp since I didn't know his birthday was balloon day!

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