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We started our own balloon bowls this morning for B week. The kids had a blast. Every child was engaged and successful. We worked in small groups for about 15 minutes per group. First step was to apply the mod podge to the balloons. I had the kids think about what size bowl they wanted and if they wanted to spend a little time covering the balloon (small bowl) or an extended time (large bowl). It was interesting to see them think this through. Plus, it’s great because now they are committed to whatever duration/experience they have. I did make one error that I will correct next time. I used containers instead of cups to tape the balloons onto. The containers turned out to be almost too big for their little hands to hold. Back to cups next time. For step by step directions click here.
It’s B week in kindergarten starting tomorrow. We are going to make these amazing balloon bowls which I kind of stumbled upon by accident. They started off as hot air balloons from Collage Collage, a totally fabulous art studio for kids and shop. I seriously stalk them on instagram. After I worked on the first balloon, which took a bit longer than I thought, I accidentally popped the balloon inside while removing the tape holding it to the cup. Turned out to be a major blessing in disguise because I realized the balloon separates itself from the tissue paper in the COOLEST way, with sound effects and everything, and I could trim it into a super cool bowl. From there I tried balloons in different sizes because there is no way kindergartners are going to sit for 45 minutes modge podging. I am so pleased with the process and the results, especially the balloon popping. The kids will love that part.
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cup (rocks to weigh the cup down)
1. Attach a balloon to a cup with masking tape. Make sure to put the tape on four sides of the balloon to keep it secure.
2. Modge Podge the whole balloon where you want the bowl shape to be. Modge podge is best used outside and definitely keep out of mouths!
4. Let the balloondry in the sun. Make sure not to wait too long and let the balloon lose air. You’re tissue paper will get all gnarly and attach to the balloon.
5. POP the balloon and watch it shrivel up, crackly and separate from the tissue paper. 6. Reshape the bowl. 7. Hem the edge if you want. It looks cool ragged too.
I think these would look so pretty with an LED light in them. Have fun!
You can see more pics over here.
If your balloon doesn’t come away from the balloon once you pop it, you can try peeling it away from the balloon. I’ve found that some tissue paper sticks more than others. Regular, straight up tissue paper seems to work best. You can also just leave the balloon on the inside if it is not interfering. Every time I do this with kids I prep them ahead of time that every once and a while things can go a little cookoo with art projects. Let’s see what happens. That usually does the trick with any disappointment if the crackle sound doesn’t happen. I’ve done this about 30 times and I’d say 3-4 didn’t work. I salvaged them somehow though except one. We just did it over and it worked fine.
Thanks for following along and hope you like the vid I just added! xo Meri
Between the first few weeks of kindergarten, the jewish holidays and Ev getting a killer promotion to Regional Business Director, aka, manager, I have been busy, busy, busy. Plus my start up disc was full. Plus I’ve been falling asleep around 8:30. So now that Yom Kippur is behind us, and it seems like I’ve been written in the Book of Life, phew, I am back in the swing of things. It’s good to be back. We’re off to sweet new year! Amen.
And here’s what I’ve been up to.
The kids only came in for an hour or two today, though we still managed to get our pirate ship going. I had pre-cut some hair styles and eye patches and the rest was up to the kids. The coolest surprise was the idea to make the hair into a beard. Love it! Kids are so smart. Now we just need to name our ship and we’re off. Arghhh…
Man, setting up a classroom is no joke. Brigitte and I spent HOURS getting the room ready for this Tuesday’s Open House. We are officially complete. YES. The furniture is moved. The cubbies are labeled. The bulletins are covered. Now it’s plan mode. I’ve been reading a bunch of Kindergarten and early education blogs for inspiration. Here are some favs.
This one is particularly fantastic Teacher Tom
Check out these great ways to repurpose in the classroom. Almost everything in these photos was created by reusing materials and making them better or at least different. I am psyched to see how these special touches inspire my kindergartners to do their own repurposing and reusing.
Clockwise from top left: 1. An empty milk carton with a cardboard tube poked through, wrapped in duct tape and an old label. How cute is that?! 2. Cut out letters from PaperSource Catalog-one of my favs-for our class work wheel. 3. Decoupaged tin can for pencils. Paper from LA Parent Mag. 4. Our “new” word wall from an old set of alphabet cards, already laminated and cut in half and every other card turned upside down. 5. A modge podged shelving unit from paper from LA Parent Mag. 6. Our daily routine bulletin board. I took a photo of the best Kinder Activity boards at Lakeshore and just made one myself. 7. My fav bulletin-our Kindergarten Kindness Tree. (Almost) Everything on here is recycled from somewhere. The tree is made from that amazing new eco-friendly packaging from Geami. The border is old ribbon I had in the house. And the words are cut out from a Whole Foods shopping bag. Every time someone does something nice, a leaf will be added to the tree in their honor. Awwww….: ) Oh, and the welcome bunting is made from donated fabrics and scraps from MY BABY CLOTHES! Put that in your pipe and smoke it! (I don’t know what that means, but it seemed appropriate there)
ENJOY! And thanks for visiting!!!
Some close ups