Paint balloon using color schemes. Tie in with weaving or coiling for th basket. Paper mache a balloon, pop the balloon, add string and a basket for spring class crafts. Could go great as a bulletin board theme (Kid's Soaring to New Heights in Reading.
I think I must have made a hundred paper mâché items as a kid.Paper Mache Bowls for Kids to Make - great for holding keys, paper-clips and other bits and bobs. Super homemade gift for little ones to make and give.