Balloon hovercraft

Balloon hovercraft

Show your little ones the amazing way balloons can be used to create a unique hovercraft they can build all on their own. Boys and girls love playing with boats and water so why not make it all the more special with this cool kids art and craft project.

What you need:

  • 20cm square styrofoam sheet and square wedge
  • Knife
  • 2 long thin balloons
  • rubber bands
  • paper clips
  • markers
  • string

Number of players:


Cut out a rectangular shape from the styrofoam.

Using the knife, carefully poke four evenly spaced holes about 2cm from the rectangle's edge on both long edges of the styrofoam. You should end up with eight holes in total.

Blow up each balloon until they match the length of the rectangle but do not overfill the balloons. Tie knots at each end.

Take your rubber bands and slip four around the balloons, making sure they are evenly spaced.

To attach the balloon floats to the underside of the styrofoam base, thread the rubber bands through the holes in the base and secure them to the top side of the styrofoam by catching the rubber band with a paper clip, which will prevent it from slipping back through the hole.

Place the styrofoam square in the centre of the base and glue in place.This is your captain's bridge.

Tie the string to the front of the styrofoam base as a towline.

Place your hovercraft in the water and watch it glide as you pull it along.

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