Do you have a kiddo that LOVES to do simple projects and experiments related to STEM? This is a fun one that they are going to love! We created a Balloon Hovercraft and have the instructions on how you can make one for yourself with your kiddo. This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Balloon Time, all opinions are my own.
We love having a Balloon Time Helium Tank on hand, it is so easy to have it ready to go when we need it for projects and decorations. It is super lightweight and portable which makes it easy to grab when it’s needed and store when it’s not being used. I love having the option to fill balloons at home whenever I need to! The Balloon Time tank inflates up to 30, 9″ latex balloons so you can make your hovercraft again and again, or even invite several friends over for a hovercrafting-making STEM party, wouldn’t that be fun?!
Step-by-step instructions are down below – and here’s a video to walk you through how we made our hovercrafts:
You can buy a Balloon Time Helium Tank or kit for yourself HERE
Here’s an image to pin so you can save this idea for later!
Balloon Hovercraft STEM Project Idea
-Balloon Time Standard Helium Kit (includes balloons)
-Balloon (several extras just in case)
-Pop top lid (from a water bottle)
How to make a Balloon Hoverboard
First you’ll need to attach the pop up lid to the CD. Apply hot glue along the bottom rim of the lid. Press the lid onto the CD. Let cool.
Now, fill your balloon using your Balloon Time tank. To fill you slide the balloon on the nozzle, then bend the nozzle up to release the helium.
Fill the balloon up entirely.
TIP: When you pull the balloon off the nozzle, twist the end of it so that it will hold in the helium. Twisting it will help when you attach the balloon to the hovercraft.
Next, fit the balloon over the pop up lid (the lid is still in closed position). Be careful as to not break the lid apart from the CD.
Once secure, untwist the balloon and pull up on the pop-up lid.
Then you can give it a little push to get it started and it will hover itself around the floor as the helium releases under the CD.
Then make it again!! Our family loved this experiment because it not only passed time but we learned something along the way! Showing my daughter how the air pressure from the helium pushing out from the balloon would make the hovercraft move was awesome! It was great to see something we created come to life.
The easy-to-use Balloon Time tank inflates up to 30, 9″ latex balloons so you can make your hovercraft again and again.
This lightweight, portable tank with 8.9 ft3 of helium/air mixture is perfect for mixing and matching balloons to customize your celebration.
Adult supervision is required when using balloons. Please read all warning and precautions on the Balloon Time box before use.