Hot air balloons are those fun, floaty shapes that can carry us into the sky. Usually they’re just round, but the amazing blown-up shapes in this picture are hot air balloons, too! The 433 balloons set a world record for the biggest number of hot air balloons flown at once. There were castles, cartoon characters, and regular balloons covered with checkerboard and stripes. A hot air balloon floats because a flame at the bottom burns gas to heat all the air inside. Smaller balloons hold around 20,000 to 30,000 cubic feet of air, about the same as a house. But the biggest ever made held almost 3 million cubic feet!
Wee ones: How many balloons in the photo are in the air?
Little kids: How many balloons can you see at least partly in the whole photo? Count as high as you can! Bonus: If we see parts of 12 round balloons and 3 of those are in the air, how many are still waiting for take-off?
Big kids: If there were 2 castle balloons and 400 regular-shaped ones, how many of the 433 balloons were other shapes? Bonus: If you ride the castle balloon launching at 2:38 pm, and land 57 minutes later, when do you land? (Hint if needed: What if you landed exactly 1 hour later, which is 60 minutes?)
Wee ones: 3 balloons.
Little kids: We think we see 16 balloons. Bonus: 9 balloons.
Big kids: 31 other balloons. Bonus: At 3:35 pm.