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Back to School Activity: Hot Air Balloon Game, Art Sub Plans, & Writing Prompts

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Need a creative activity for your Back to School Night bulletin board? Imagine these spectacular hot air balloons in your hallway along with one of the two included writing prompts and the words, "Soaring Into Xth Grade!" Need a no fuss, last minute art sub plan?

This art lesson is perfect for elementary teachers wanting to learn how to paint on a budget with markers (yes, markers!). Step-by-step picture directions are given for how to transfer the template to drawing paper and fill it in with designs. Choose between a fun roll a dice game to select patterns. Or give them the "You Pick" page to let them select their own patterns.

If you're short on time, simply have your students design directly onto the photocopied balloon template using colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide them from start to finish to create a beautiful project.


Are you going to be absent and need a last minute Back to School art lesson for the substitute? Do you need a calm, indoor recess activity? Are you a classroom teacher who has to teach your own art and you're short on ideas? In search of an activity for a remote learning or distance learning situation?

Fill up your art sub plan folder with these engaging, no-prep art projects. Once your students know how to play the game, they're easy to leave with a sub! Simply create a small sub tub in your room with drawing paper and markers. And leave copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice.


Are you trying to cultivate self-reliance in your classroom? This design a hot air balloon art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students.

You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, file them in labeled folders, and let them pick what they'd like to create. This project is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.


If you're a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this hot air balloon project will do the trick. Despite students selecting designs from the same game board, the outcome of each project is unique to the creator.

I've included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a "you pick" board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I've added digital spinner wheels!

Lastly, there are a few tricks that your students can use to speed things along in the design process. I teach my students a fun transfer technique to copy a design repeatedly (5:11 into the video). And I show them how they can use an old CD or plastic takeout lid (7:55 into the video) to act as a paint palette if they need more color.


  • 12-page, Non-Editable PDF
  • 9-page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
  • Dice Game
  • Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
  • Step-By-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
  • Template
  • 2 Writing Prompts
  • 2 Coloring Pages
  • Helpful Tips & Tricks
  • Pattern Practice Drawing Page
  • Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file...link on the bottom of page 2)
  • Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)


You will create a hot air balloon by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to put it together.

  1. Trace and cut out two balloons and baskets.
  2. Roll the die to select a pattern to draw across one side of one balloon.
  3. Fold the other balloon vertically down the center to create four sections.
  4. Roll the die four more times, drawing each selected pattern on one segment of the folded balloon.
  5. Using washable markers, outline everything. Be sure to outline large areas where they meet parts of the design.
  6. Dip a small brush in water and carefully smudge it in the marker lines to paint in the shapes.
  7. If you need to neatly add more “paint” to larger areas, smudge some marker on a scrap piece of paper and use that as a paint palette.
  8. Allow each side to dry slightly before moving on to the next section.
  9. Hot glue or tacky glue folded balloon segment to center of first balloon so it sticks out.
  10. Cut 2 pieces of yarn approximately 2” long.
  11. Glue yarn and baskets together and then attached to backside of balloon.



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Created by Amie Bentley, © Glitter Meets Glue Designs, LLC

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