What child doesn’t love balloons and paints so put them together and you have the perfect balloon splatter painting activity that is going to keep your child occupied for hours.
The colour and imagination just flows and there is no right or wrong way to do this. I found that having one paint tray per balloon was the easiest and less messy way to do it but just work with what you have on hand.
I also found using a roll of paper worked well as I could roll it the length of the table and then cut the excess off. That way we didn’t have to worry about moving paper, etc. If you happen to have excess Christmas wrapping paper or birthday paper that would work perfectly.
Materials Needed for our Balloon Splatter Painting Activity
We used what we had laying around the house. Just make sure the paint you choose is wash out in water as hands will get messy.
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- Water based paints – a variety of colours works best
- Paper – a roll of paper or big sheets works best but whatever you have on hand is fine too
- Smocks or aprons
- Paper plates or paint trays – ice cream lids work well
Instructions to Make Your Balloon Splatter Painting Masterpieces
Step 1 – Roll out your roll of paper or you could even stick together smaller sheets if you wish. Just pop the tape on the reverse side to what you will paint. And have your child pop their smock or apron on to protect their clothes.
Step 2 – Have your child or children squirt the paint on to a plate or paint tray. Depending on your child’s age they may need some help with aim if you don’t want paint everywhere.
Step 3 – Blow up your balloons and get your paint plates and trays lined up. Don’t blow the balloons up too big as you want the balloons at a size that little hands can handle. See if your child can blow the balloons up even.
Step 4 – There’s no right or wrong way to go about this balloon splatter painting activity. Just have your child dip a balloon in the paint tray and go for it. Do try to avoid your child mixing colours at least to start with otherwise you’ll end up with some funky colours. I tend to encourage this towards the end when we are nearly done.
The Benefits of Balloon Splatter Painting
As your child or children are letting their imagination run wild with the paints and colours you can talk about the different colours, encourage them to make patterns or point out the different patterns that they may have already made without realising it.
Our balloon painting activity is a fantastic craft project for a child’s hand/eye co-ordination as well as dexterity skills too.
Keep this fun craft activity in mind next time you need some wrapping paper too. It would be a fun and economical way to take care of your Christmas wrapping paper that’s for sure. You could even add some glitter and greetings for some Christmas cheer.
Now we would love to see what master pieces you and your children have made so please send us a picture and share with us.
Love to all,
Angela xx from Finlee and Me
Angela is an author, entrepreneur, blogger, mental health clinician and most importantly a mother. She explores various topics related to parenting/children on her blog and also in her three books: 30 Days, 30 Ways for Mothers to Take Care of Themselves, 30 Days, 30 Ways for Connecting with Your Child and Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids.