Mini Monets and Mommies: Kids' Balloon Paint Splatter Art Activity

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids' Balloon Paint Splatter Art Activity

Balloon paint splatter art? Add a splash (literally, a splash) of paint to the party staple,  and what do you have? An action-packed art adventure with color splatters. I have a drawer filled with balloons that are left over from a snowball game that I played with some of my students last winter. Instead of leaving them packed away, my son and I blew up a few and brought them outside – with some paints.

Balloon art
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:

·        Balloons

·        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.
Paint splatter activity

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.
Kids' process art

Art paint splatter
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.
Childrens' paint

6.     Repeat the process to make more paint splatters and prints on the paper.
Child paint

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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  1. This looks like so much fun!!! Definitely an outdoor activity I think... we might have to wait until the weather warms up a bit here :) thanks for linking up!!

    1. Thanks, and you're welcome! Yes, it is. I did one inside- and I realized this morning that there's still paint on the windows and floor.

  2. Looks like loads of fun! I will have to save this for when my boys get a little bigger. I am sure they would love this!

  3. My kids would have so much fun with this and what a great idea for a party activity or if you have left over balloons from the party. We'd definitely do this outside! Pinning this, thanks!

    1. Thanks! Yes, outside is the best for this one. I think that I still have some paint on the walls from trying it indoors.

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