At some point during Thanksgiving Day morning, you’ll find me sacked out in my favorite chair taking in the sights and sounds of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. One day, I’m hoping to watch the parade from a New York City rooftop and be nose to nose with those totally awesome and humongous caricature balloons!
With the parade just a few days away, it’s the perfect time to introduce your students to Tony Sarg, the puppeteer extraordinaire who is the genius behind the first gigantic helium balloons. Melissa Sweet tells the story of Tony Sarg in her award-winning picture book biography Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Here are two resources for follow-up activities too.
Balloons Over Broadway Activity Kit: This kit includes printables for a variety of puppets, a maze, a drawing page, and more. It’s perfect for the younger crew! Click here.
Balloons Over Broadway Educator’s Guide: This resource includes discussion questions and activities for vocabulary, writing, math, and science. Click here.
What are your favorite balloons from this yearly parade? Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Scrat and his elusive acorn from Ice Age? Please share!
Thank you, Tony!