Hot Air Balloon

This Hot Air Balloon activity & project also includes:

It is more than just blowing hot air. Pupils first build a hot air balloon out of tissue paper by cutting enough panels of tissue paper to form a balloon shape and glue the panels together. Using a hot air gun, individuals then inflate the balloons and let them sail into the sky.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Construct the balloon over a couple of days, giving the glue time to dry
  • Provide a lesson on densities of air at different temperatures
Classroom Considerations
  • Use of a hot air gun may cause burns or catch the tissue paper on fire if the nozzle contacts the skin or the paper
  • Provides background information on why hot air balloons work
  • Includes a template to use for making the balloon
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