Over 500 hot air balloons fly each year in October at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world. Hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world gather over nine days to witness the flight of hot air balloons of all shapes, colours and sizes. It's truly a visually amazing spectacle of enormous proportions.

This creative printable activity encourages your child to think about what designs their hot air balloons should be if they were to enter a hot air balloon festival.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colouring pencils

In this activity, your child have an opportunity to learn about the history of hot air balloons and understand more about why it continues to captivate people today. She/He will also be able to custom design a few of their own.

It will help your child or student:

  • Learn about the history, the evolution of the hot air balloon and the festivals that continue to promote them.
  • Improve his/her artistic and creative skills by designing, colouring and adding different custom elements to hot air balloons.

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How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find out more about hot air balloons. Here's an interesting (and slightly longer) video about the colourful history of the hot air balloons:

Here's a video showcasing the bright, beautiful and colourful hot air balloons showcasing at the famous Alburquerque Balloon Fiesta:

  • Get started on the printable worksheets!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable pack consists of 4 printable design challenges with templates of different hot air balloons to decorate and add your child's own colourful custom designs.

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