balloon car

These crafts are all about problem solving. Do not start decorating before you know that your car works well, as it sometimes takes a bit of trial and error. Encourage group work and a space where the children need to think for themselves.

These crafts are all about problem solving. Do not start decorating before you know that your car works well, as it sometimes takes a bit of trial and error. Encourage group work and a space where the children need to think for themselves.

This boy used toilet rolls for his body. He had to lengthen his sosati sticks so that the wheels does not get stuck. It still would not move that well and then he came up with the idea to add another balloon. Then his car raced over the floor!

This boy used toilet rolls for his body. He had to lengthen his sosati sticks so that the wheels does not get stuck. It still would not move that well and then he came up with the idea to add another balloon. Then his car raced over the floor!

This girl came up with the idea to decorate her car from the inside using felt balls.

This girl came up with the idea to decorate her car from the inside using felt balls.

Always remember to share these wonderful little breakthroughs with parents after class. Share photos and a small writeup on what the children did, how they had to brainstorm and problem solve and what they came up with. The process is often more innovative than what the product shows - share it and make them proud!

Materials required:

  1. Balloon

  2. x2 straws. Ideally a thick plastic straw to attach to the balloon (as paper gets gooey after a while) and paper for the wheels (sturdier).

  3. Sosati skewer

  4. Duct tape

  5. For the body of the car, put options out on the table and the

    children can select one. Plastic bottle, toothpaste box, paper towel

    tube, you can also tape two toilet rolls together.

  6. Scissors

  7. Pool noodle (solid works best, but you can also use one with a hole in the centre).

  8. Thick paint brush to punch holes with if you use a solid pool noodle.

  9. Enti cutter and cutting board to cut the pool noodle

  10. Black marker

  11. Air drying clay

  12. Scraps of paper and gluestick to decorate your car with.

  13. Apron

step by step

Scared that you will forget some of the steps? Download and print a step by step  "cheat sheet" to keep handy whilst presenting your class. Download the PDF here.

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