Rainy day activity: hot-air balloon potato stamps
June sees lots of hot-air balloon festivals pop up around the United States of America. From New York to Texas, Colorado to Alabama, the skies of the States come to life! Lots more hot-air balloon events continue to fly over the country over the summer, from May to October. We've joined in the fun, creating hot-air balloon art out of potato stamps!
Get creative and make your own spectacular hot-air balloon sunset silhouette scene by following the simple steps below or print off our activity sheet. Always ask for an adult to help you use a knife.
You will need:
- Two or more clean, uncooked potatoes
- Sharp knife
- Large sheet of paper or card (A3)
- Black marker pen
- Kitchen paper
- Glass of water
- Chopping board
Gather your equipment!
Paint a sunset sky scene onto your sheet of paper or card. Start with blue at the top, then gradually blend this into red, orange and yellow at the bottom. Afterwards, leave it to dry.
Ask for an adult to cut one potato in half lengthways, using a sharp knife.
Dry the potato with kitchen paper and then draw a faint outline of a hot-air balloon onto the potato with a black marker pen.
Ask an adult to help you carve out the hot-air balloon shape. Then use a kitchen towel to dry the potato again.
Squeeze a thick layer of black paint onto your plate and then press your hot-air balloon potato stamp into it.
Repeat the above steps with a second potato, but this time slice the potato in half again to make a smaller stamp.
Press your potato silhouette stamps all over the sunset sky. Leave it to dry.
Why not add some rolling hills with your black marker along the bottom of the paper?
Using the black marker pen again, draw two lines for ropes connecting the hot-air balloon to the basket – for this, fill in a square-shape below the ropes.
You’ve now got yourself a spectacular sunset hot-air balloon landscape to admire!
Feeling inspired? Check out last month’s Lonely Planet Kids activity.