Paint balloon using color schemes. Tie in with weaving or coiling for th basket. Paper mache a balloon, pop the balloon, add string and a basket for spring class crafts. Could go great as a bulletin board theme (Kid's Soaring to New Heights in Reading.
Kid's Craft: (Summer) Craft Stick Dragonflies (Instead of using all craft sticks I'll use a wooden clothes-line clip so this can be a functional item as a chip clip or add a magnet for a fridge art display clip.
A nice little roundup of fun crafts for kids to make that parents will actually enjoy doing, too! A lot of these crafts and activities are for kids of all ages, but most of them are probably more appropriate for ages
This is a pretty empty grade lesson that could be adapted for a sub lesson. Incorporate a book about hot air balloons - kids could write about where they'd like to go in the world. Include bird's eye view videos and an adventure themed book.