Using the helium balloons to think about both transportation and communication in a new way, we created a simple project that is appropriate and exciting for many ages. Each child chose a balloon. They then wrote out secret messages or drawings with a note on the back to send responses the the Purple Twig.
Some kids wrote out messages along with drawings asking the receiver to make and return a drawing to us. Some kids just wrote something about themselves or just made a drawing to share.
We then rolled up the messages and tied them to the balloon ribbons.
We took a hike through the neighborhood to find a good spot to release our messages.
The kids were so excited with anticipation as they wait to release the balloons. And then it happened. They opened their hands and the balloons began to rise. The excitement was contagious as they screamed and danced with delight.
It really was a beautiful sight to watch the dots of bright colors fly higher and higher and get smaller and smaller. We watched them until we couldn't see them anymore. We are now waiting hopefully for a response.