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Hot Air Balloon Trace and Decorate Lesson Plan Preschool Printable Activity

Activities Materials

Visit the Hot Air Balloon Lesson Plan to support this activity. This lesson plan has information about this aircraft, and its inventors, the Montgolfier brothers. Review related topics in the themes column.

Activity: Hot Air Balloon Trace and Decorate

Skills: Pre-handwriting [tracing], shapes and colors recognition, scissor cutting skills

Suggestion > print to light blue paper for a sky background or cut out once decorated and paste to blue craft paper -- add clouds with cotton balls.
  1. Trace the balloon's outline in clockwise motion in primary colors or choose colors for a holiday. Trace the clouds with blue or gray.

  2. Decorate the inside of the balloon with cut-up shapes > use precut foamies [children under age 4], construction paper > children can help cut out the shapes to practice scissors skills.

  3. Identify the colorsand shapes

  4. Fill clouds with cotton balls or cotton batting.

Crafty ideas > Holidays > July 14th, Bastille Day or French Theme [Blue, red and white balloon] or adapt to any holiday.

  • For celebrating the French national holiday, Bastille Day or a France theme, decorate the balloon with red, dark blue and white, their flag and national colors.

hot air baloon trace and decorate
Hot Air Balloon Trace and Decorate
Colors to trace

Black & White


coloring pencils crayons or markers

glue stick


cut out shapes from color paper or foamies