UP – Hot Air Balloons

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“This was her favorite candy bar.  Because you’ve sent her away, there’s more for you.”
– Russell

Up (Official Movie Poster)

UP is such a darling Pixar movie.  I adore Russell.  How could you not?!

After a busy week I needed a break and wanted to do an easy activity with my kiddos for family movie night.  I quickly ran to the store.  Look what I came back with:

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Balloons!  Or as Goofy would say, “Baboons!”

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For our activity we made hot air balloons.

UP Hot Air Balloons

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Materials Needed:

  • Helium-filled balloons (one per person)
  • Cupcake liners (one per person)
  • Hole Punch
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Stickers
  • Crayons, markers, pencils, jewels, beads, sand, etc. (optional)

How to Make the Hot Air Balloons:

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Punch 4 holes in the cupcake liner (and I’m sure you can do a better job than I did getting them evenly spaced).

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Let the kids decorate the cupcake liners with stickers, markers, jewels, etc.  Use whatever you have handy.  My kids used stickers.

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Here’s Goofy’s decorated cupcake liner.  This is going to be the basket under the balloon.

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Next, cut the yarn into 4 equal pieces.  Tie them through the holes.

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Tape the “basket” to the balloon and VOILA!

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Can you tell Princess loves her hot air balloon?

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She tested all sorts of different objects to see what would float and what wouldn’t.

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Her butterfly clips were her favorite objects to fly in the balloon.

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We sent her balloon up, up, UP to our super tall ceiling.

Click the link below to watch our balloons fly on YouTube:

Releasing our Hot Air Balloons

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In honor of Russell and Kevin, we ate some chocolate.

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Mmm!  What a fun night!

You could also use this craft with the following movies:

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Great and Powerful Oz
  • My Little Pony (Click the link for more activities)
  • Strawberry Shortcake

Try a more advanced version of these hot air balloons with Mylar balloons and yogurt cups.  Let me know how it works!

Enjoy this little clip of Carl going up.

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Carl Goes Up

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