Primary and Secondary Colored Balloons

The first graders started out the year learning (hopefully reviewing) about the primary colors. We took tissue paper and drew balloon shapes with pencil. The students cut out the balloon shapes with a scissors (sounds easy, but the tissue paper is so light and thin that the students get a great lesson on turning the paper and not turning the scissors). The next class the students wet down the paper with water in the section they wanted the tissue paper to go, and placed each color one at a time. We kept the tissue paper on the paper to dry and cut out a blue cloud shape out of blue tissue paper. The next class the students drew something from their imagination below the balloons. The students draw such amazing stuff in their sketchbook all the time, that I wanted a lesson that showed off that freedom to draw whatever they wanted. The results were amazing and showed off their creativity. We colored the drawings and added the blue tissue paper clouds by added water to the area and placing the tissue paper on the area and then removing it (can be reused three different times). The last class the students outlined the drawing, balloons, and drew the strings. Enjoyed the tissue paper project from last year and love the project results this year!


  1. Charming! Your first graders can draw quite well.

  2. Very cool independent drawings : )

  3. Love these! I did an adaptation of your project and blogged about it...thanks for the inspiration! love your blog!


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