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Painting with Balloons

Painting with Balloons -creative painting and sensory activity

Painting with Balloons is a great activity for kids to explore creatively and imaginatively as they create freely using simple props in an open-ended and unstructured way. It also makes a great sensory activity as children use their hands to manipulate the paint and balloons to create patterns and prints onto paper.

What you will need?

invitation to paint with balloons - super fun and super simple to set up.

You will need 6 balloons (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple), a paint palette, large sheet of paper and coloured paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple). These balloons are not water balloons, we used regular party balloons filled with air as they are much stronger.

Place the green balloon in the green paint, red balloon into the red paint and so on.

We also placed the activity onto a large activity because the balloons become slippery and children may also like to roll the balloons around the paper.

We only inflated the balloons slightly, providing enough volume for small hands to hold and grasp.

Let’s Play

Art fun - painting with balloons

The rainbow coloured balloons inspired a rainbow pattern painting which started off by creating large blobs of paint prints onto the paper. It later ended up in a sensory messy experience with rolling balloons and all the paint mixed together into one brown paint colour. It was so much fun!

Painting with Balloons - painting ideas for kids

Some Ideas:

  • Count out loud as each blob of paint is pressed onto the paper with the balloon.
  • Set a challenge, can you cover the whole page with paint? Start on the outside of the paper and work your way to the middle of the page.
  • Mix the paints and create new colours.
  • Use the painted paper as gift wrap or as a book cover.
  • Read stories that have balloons and talk about how balloons are used in our world.

Let’s Learn

Painting with Balloons - rolling balloons around in paint on paper in a tray

Paint and roll with the balloons. The different coloured patterns that are created with rolling balloons is so much fun to watch!

Sensory paint play idea - painting and exploring with balloons

Exploring and experimenting: mixing all the paint together and making the balloons extra slippery and slimy to create with.

Learning Opportunities

  • Creativity and imagination.
  • Sensory exploration.
  • Experimentation and discovery.
  • Building self-esteem, sense of satisfaction.
  • Fine Motor Development.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control.
  • Cause and Effect.
  • Overcoming challenges and problem solving.
  • Language development – describing process.
  • Communicating art ideas and making connections with our world.
  • Colour recognition.

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Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

My name is Janice and I am an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia.

I have a strong passion and love for teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for my students. What I love most is watching children discover in those amazing light bulb moments. I hope Learning4kids brings you some useful ideas.

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