What happened next was magnificently messy. You can do this activity inside if the weather isn’t cooperating, but you do need to prep your work area first. You can use garbage bags, cardboard or another barrier. Keep in mind, the paint will splatter. Just because your white couch is four feet away doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily safe. If you take the art-making outside you can simply hose off the mess. While the warmer months and dry weather may make it easier to try this activity outdoors, if there’s snow on the ground or rain falling from the sky, your child will get a water color effect to her paint project.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Tempera paints
· A paint tray—I used a plastic-ware lid. You can also use a piece of scrap cardboard.
· Paper – A larger piece will capture more of the paint.
Here’s What to Do:
1. Pour pools of a few different colors of paints onto the tray. Separate them by a few inches.
2. Blow up a balloon or two.
3. Set the paper down on the ground.
4. Drop the balloon into the paint. Let it roll. The more that your child rolls the balloon through the pain, the more the colors will mix and blend.
5. Pick up the balloon. Have your child use the knotted end as a handle. Have her move the balloon over the paper and let her drop it.
6. Repeat the process to make more paint splatters and prints on the paper.
When your child is all done with the art-making add a special surprise activity. Stay outside or cover everything around her. Put the paint-covered balloon on a piece of paper and pop it for her (DO NOT let your child do this step herself). Admittedly, I discovered just how amazing the splatter of a paint-filled balloon popping is purely by accident. I did not prep for the mess and everything (including my white skirt, my son’s backpack and my dining room table) were covered in paint. That said, it was super-fun in a way that only a rainbow explosion can be.
|The paint splatter mess!|
|The paint splatter beauty!|
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