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The Big Blue Balloon Adventure

The Big Blue Balloon Adventure

Your preschool and kindergarten students will identify 3-D shapes on aircraft, build flying machines, and dress up like aviators in this exciting program.

Program Description

After reading The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen, students will set out on a discovery tour to visit a variety of aircraft. At each stop marked by a blue balloon, students will look for three-dimensional shapes within the aircraft structures. They will also count wings, windows, and wheels. Then, they will graph their observations. Finally, the children will enter the Aircraft Inventor’s Workshop, build their own flying machines, and try on cool costumes.

Ontario Curriculum Links



  • 1.3 explore patterns in the natural and built environment
  • 2.3 select and use materials to carry out their own explorations
  • 4.2 state problems and pose questions as part of the design process
  • 4.3 make predictions and observations throughout the design process
  • 4.4 select and use tools, equipment, and materials to construct things using the design process
  • 4.5 communicate and record results and findings after constructing things either individually or in groups


  • NS1.7 demonstrate an understanding of number relationships for numbers from 0 to 10, through investigation (e.g.., show small quantities using fingers or manipulatives)
  • G3.2 identify and describe, using common geometric terms, two-dimensional shapes (e.g. triangle) and three-dimensional shapes (e.g. cone) through investigation with concrete materials
  • G3.4 build three-dimensional structures using a variety of materials and begin to recognize the three-dimensional figures their structures contain
  • DM5.2 collect objects and data and make representations of their observations, using concrete graphs
  • DM5.3 respond to and pose questions about data collection and graphs

Quebec Curriculum Links



  • Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies
    • Observing
    • Exploring
    • Experimenting
  • Learnings Related to Cognitive Development
    • Mathematics
      • Counting games
    • Science and Technology
      • Experimentation games
      • Observation and manipulation of objects

Teacher Tips

Prepare your class with these pre-visit activity suggestions. Make the most of your Museum outing with these tips to help plan your visit.


$5 per student, chaperones free (minimum fee of $100; maximum 28 students)


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