Education Blog

The Red Balloon: Viewing & Doing

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 03.17.20

Now is your chance to watch those classic gems that every kid and grown-up should see. JBFC Kids Curator, Emily Ohara [@teachEmFilm] chose the heartfelt and beloved short film The Red Balloon (1957) accompanied with a fun hands-on activity where you get to draw and color your own balloon.


The Red Balloon [35 min. dir. Albert Lamorisse.1957]  

  • Streaming available on iTunes and Amazon Prime to rent or purchase

In the middle of Paris, a French boy comes across a balloon with a mind of its own. Using vivid imagery and almost no dialogue, the youngest of viewers will be drawn in and be amazed by the practical effects creating a sense of magic with a simple red balloon. The film is

Talk after the film!

  1. How were the little boy and the balloon similar?
  2. What colors popped in the film? Why do you think the filmmaker chose these colors?
  3. Looking back at all the moments in the film, what was your favorite? Tell us more!

Read a Review here from Common Sense Media:


Draw and color your own red balloon (or any color(s) your heart desires) and write what you think the balloon symbolizes in the film! Share it on Twitter and Instagram and tag us so we can see everyone’s balloons!


  • Paper
  • Scissor
  • Crayons, pencils, or markers
  • Optional: String and tape


  1. Draw a big balloon using an entire 8.5 x 11 paper (smaller and bigger are just fine).
  2. Color in the balloon and cut it out
  3. Write what you think the balloon symbolizes in the film inside your balloon. *One word is great!
  4. Cut a piece of string at whatever length you desire and tape it on the back of your balloon.
  5. Find a place to tape your balloon outside or inside.
  6. Pose with the balloon by holding the string and take a picture!
  7. Post it on social media and tag us at #JBFCkids Instagram: jbfc_pville Twitter: jbfc_ny