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Hot Air Balloon Drawing Lesson for Third Grade

This is a simple, yet satisfying drawing lesson suitable for 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th grade.
Begin with a
paper plate (8″) , a small rectangle cut from tag board (approx. 2″ x 3″), pencils and a sheet of 12″ x 18″ white paper.
Trace the plate towards the top of the white paper. Trace the rectangle a few inches below the circle. Now, draw sections in the balloon, beginning with a line straight down the middle and curved lines extending beyond that. (see blue shapes in sample)
Attach the rectangle with two straight lines, connecting the “basket” to the balloon. You can chose to have a rounded basket simply by rounding out the bottom of the rectangle.
Next, trace over all keeper lines with a black pen, add patterns and color in with markers.

Balloons were done by second and third grade students…


  1. This could be a great tie-in for a science lesson!

    Ms. Julie's Place

    March 9, 2009

  2. My daughter likes the hot air balloon so maybe we will do this one – oh the choices! We can't decide!

    Chalk Inscriptions

    March 4, 2010

  3. I actually just did this today with my Kindergarteners. I was not as concerned with neatness as I was with a drawing lesson they could color with markers. (They have been begging to use markers). I started with a circle tracers with bumps on the top and then they followed my drawing from there. We traced in black markers to be sure we could see the shape when colored in.
    This group of Kindergarteners do not want to cut and paste, they do a lot of crafts in their rooms because they are all day Kindergarteners. I am really having to do a lot more drawing lessons than I ever have before in order to keep their attention focused. It is hard to find something they can draw well enough to be pleased with that is recognizable but not too easy! Thanks for all your ideas here, I will keep on using them.


    February 22, 2012

  4. I do a similar project with watercolor. I take it a step further with a crayon resist. I take white crayons to incorporate clouds and then do the blue watercolor over top, so the clouds stay white. The students love how it appears to be “magic”.


    March 24, 2016

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