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.
Another pinner says: Mess Free Finger Painting! What an awesome idea! Paint in a ziploc bag taped over a piece of paper. Of course we'll have to REALLY finger paint sometimes, too, since getting messy is half the fun.