Painting with Balloons is an artistic and sensory activity for kids which unleashes their creativity. Its open ended and lets your LOs explore a new way of mark making. So much fun with a lot of learning opportunities – cause and effect, color recognition, hand eye coordination, imagination skills, sense of achievement (to name a few) 😀
What you need
- Party Balloons
- Washable Paint
- Muffin Tray
- White Paper
- Blow up the balloons to the size your LOs could hold and use easily. You could blow one balloon for each color paint (match the balloon and paint colors) – we used one for each kid.
- Pour the paint into muffin tray. You could use small bowl or plates too.
- Let your kids dip the balloon (opposite of the balloon tie) in paint and make prints on a white paper.
Miss A(almost 3yrs) & Miss D(22 months) had so much fun painting with balloons. The balloon slightly bounces as they press firmly on the paper. Feeling the squishy, slippery balloons was a whole new sensation for Miss D. Miss A loved to mix colors and experiment. You could also encourage kids to make patterns. 👍
Use trays or sheets to cover the work area. It definitely gets messy. My LOs loved to touch and squish the paint and the balloons. Miss D enjoyed dipping her hands in paint and clapping hard.. (Imagine the mess 😫) Thanks to the washable paint, cleaning messy lil hands (face, legs- all uncovered areas 😂) and the floor was easy. Also when you choose colors try to choose from same family (eg. Pink, red, orange or blue, green, turquoise) because after a while of experimenting mixing colors, ours turned blackish blue (We used red, blue, green, yellow)
Let the paint dry and use the paper as a book cover, gift wrapper or make bookmarks out of them for your lil readers. 😀
To make Bookmarks– Laminate the paper, cut it to the size of a bookmark, punch hole, tie a ribbon. Your cute bookmarks are ready to use. Use fancy paints (gold, silver) for older kids.