Make a hot air balloon from coloured card and a split pin!
You will need:
|Take a piece of thin, coloured card and use a pen to draw a long, thin oval.|
|Cut the shape out - to give you something that looks like this.|
|Snip off a few centimetres at one end with a pair of scissors.|
|Use the piece of card as a template to draw round, and cut out five more, so that you have six in total.|
|Make a hole in the curved end of each piece of card by pushing a sharp pencil through into a ball of modelling clay.|
|When you've done this to all the pieces, join them together using a split pin (also known as a paper fastener).|
This can be quite fiddly, so take your time!
Make sure that the pin goes through all the holes.
|When all the pieces are threaded onto the split pin, open the ends out.|
|Now fan the card pieces out into a circle, like this.|
Turn the whole thing over.
Take any two of the sections that are next to each other, curl them up...
|...and tape the ends together at an angle, like this.|
|Take the next adjoining section, curl it round, and tape it in place too.|
|Go round all the pieces until a balloon shape emerges.|
|Next, cut six equal lengths of thread...|
|...and tape them inside the hole where each of the sections join.|
|Find a small box, or cut the end off a larger box...|
|...and tape the ends of the thread to the inside of the box at equal distances.|
|And once you've done that, you'll have a hot air balloon like this!|
It's a good idea to pop a ball of modelling clay into the box, to add weight to the balloon.
Here you can see that the box has been painted to look like a basket.
|Tie some cotton around the split pin at the top, so that you can hang it up.|
How about making a selection of balloons in different sizes and colours?
You can also make some cotton wool clouds!
And how about making cardboard people to go in the baskets?
Try it yourself!