Balloons – Preschool Storytime

We took things up, up and away with stories about balloons today!

Books We Shared


To start off our balloon adventure we read a new title from Philip C. Stead –  Sebastian and the Balloon. Sebastian gets bored in his old neighborhood so he makes a balloon, brings everything he could need, and sets off to find an adventure and new friends.

We followed that up later in the storytime with Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid.  The thing that makes Percy the happiest is balloons.  But Percy has a problem — his quills are always popping the balloons!  What’s a porcupine to do?  With some thinking, Percy comes up with just the right answer.

Flannelboard Stories

Today we shared Pete the Clown and his Five Bright Balloons, about a clown who isn’t at all frazzled when his balloons slip through his grip.  This beautiful flannelboard was created by Miss AnnMarie (You can see it in her Fair storytime back in November.)  Her inspiration for the story came from a story written by Katie Fitzgerald and posted on Story Time Secrets.

Pete the Clown flannelboard



We used just the balloons then to do another flannelboard story, Five Balloons in the Sky.  I adapted this from a rhyme I found on Teacher Tom’s Blog.

Five balloons in the sky

Five balloons in the sky
Way up high
Watch them fly!

If one should POP! (clap hands)
And quickly drop (remove balloon from board)
How many balloons do you see?

Continue until you have no balloons left.


Try these fun rhymes at home with your child!

My Red Balloon
I had a little red balloon (make ball with hands)
And I blew and blew and blew (blow into hands)
Until it grew and grew and grew. (stretch hands apart)
I tossed it in the air (pretend to toss balloon up)
and never let it drop (pretend to catch)
Until it hit the ground (slap lap)
And it went POP! (Clap!)

(taken from Anne’s Library Life via Sunflower Storytime)
I’m going to blow up this balloon (make a circle with hands)
And never ever stop (shake head)
I’ll blow and blow and blow and blow and blow and (pretend to blow into balloon each time you say blow and make the circle bigger with your hands)
POP! (Clap hands)

Movie We Watched

We took a trip to the flower festival with Max and Ruby and watched “Max’s Balloon Buddies” from the DVD Everybunny Loves Winter.

Continue the Fun

Still want more up in the air fun?  Hold on tight to these balloon stories so they don’t float away!


Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian of Youth Services . When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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