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Inspired by the Museum: Fireworks of Balloons

This post was written by Children's Museum Blog Ambassador, Samantha Cotten. Follow Samantha's posts on the blog or follow her on Twitter @samanthacotten

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The classics never get old, do they?

To this day, I am fascinated and inspired by many of the permanent exhibits at The Children's Museum—the very same that once contributed to some of my favorite childhood memories. From the towering water clock in the Sunburst Atrium, to the whimsical Carousel in Wishes and Dreams; in my opinion the best exhibits get better with age (both theirs and mine!).

Perhaps my favorite permanent exhibit is Dale Chihuly's Fireworks of Glass. I've seen the sculpture of 3,200 hand-blown pieces of glass hundreds of times, yet I find myself studying the display at every visit. Different colors, shapes and techniques within the artwork keep me coming back for more. There is a lot to see in all 43 feet!

While my one-year old isn't exactly an art critic, it's clear she already shares her momma's appreciation for all things Chihuly. Her animated gasps at Fireworks' beauty tell me so. ;) We were inspired to grab a bag of assorted balloons and create our own work of art in our basement. It was a family affair—my husband blew up the balloons (we recommend splurging for a hand pump), I tied, and the toddler giggled as we worked. As we blew up various balloons, we talked about their different physical aspects—the color, size and shapes—and then taped them into a sculpture form. 

This little art activity would probably work better with slightly older children, however our end result has been admired and appreciated by all family members - even our cat, Halle.

Behold! The Cotten family's "Fireworks of Balloons." 
What do you see? How many colors can you find? Where is your favorite shape?

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