When I need to feel inspired for the new year I like to find a theme to focus my creativity. This year I decided to use hot air balloon. I had so much fun with the colorful balloons. I labeled each balloon with the student's name, using permanent marker. I had each student color a coffee filter with washable marker. Then I sprayed them with water to disperse the colors. Those became the hot air balloons. The baskets are cardboard squares also labeled with student's names. When the students arrive at school they have fun finding their name and balloon and then those of their friends.