I typed up 10 surprises for my students and printed them on small pieces of paper. I rolled up the papers and shoved them inside 10 different balloons before they were inflated. I then labeled each balloon with its countdown number!
The surprises are mainly activities... class picnic, dance party, bubbles & chalk, etc. I labeled the papers with the appropriate color so we wouldn't accidentally pop a balloon announcing a popsicle party on a day I didn't bring the popsicles! [I made sure to plan out the 1st day of each week with something I wouldn't have to remember to bring or buy. I'm so not a Monday person...]
I had the balloons inflated with helium last night, but this happened when I took them out of their bag this morning in my classroom...
#BalloonFail I mean really!?? I know helium doesn't last forever but I was hoping for at least 12 hours...
Despite the helium disappointment, the balloons were still a total HIT! My kids squealed the minute they walked in the room this morning. I hung them from the ceiling and created a balloon chandelier over our learning rug. (Thanks, ceiling tiles!)
They were so excited to pop the first one this afternoon. I can't wait to see their excitement as they pop each one over our last 9 days together. I'm also looking forward to the experiences we will share as a result of what's inside each balloon.
Are you doing anything special during these last few days!? I'd love to hear your ideas!