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.
Trying to fill in someone else's shoes is futile. The person will at best be a shadow of the one who shoes they are trying to fill. It is best to have new shoes (their own) rather than live in the shadow of another