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5+ EPIC Water Balloon Painting Activities for Kids

Ready for an EPIC summer activity for kids? You MUST TRY Water Balloon Painting! These water balloon games are simple to set-up but so much fun. These water balloon activities get kids enjoying sunny days outside while still creating, using their imagination, and even cooling off. These fun water balloon games are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students!

Ready for an EPIC summer activity for kids? You MUST TRY Water Balloon Painting! These water balloon games are simple to set-up but so much fun. These water balloon activities get kids enjoying sunny days outside while still creating, using their imagination, and even cooling off. These fun water balloon games are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students!

Water Balloon Painting

Take your art projects outside for some summer fun with kids of all ages! These balloon painting projects are simple to create, but outrageously FUN! These fun paining ideas for kids are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. Add this summer activity for preschoolers to your summer bucket list! SO pick up some water balloons, paint, and painting surface and get ready to create one-of-a-kind summer artwork outside!

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Paint filled water balloons

With a 50/50 mixutre of water and tempera paint in water balloons you are ready to balloon paint. Drop or toss the balloon at your paper to make some cool splatter paint artwork! This is crazy fun and makes really cool effects on your paper.

TIP: Your artwork doens’t just have to be a big blob of colors. Use tape to make a simple shape like a heart, your name, sun, etc. When you finish, carefully pull off the paint and you will have the plain white spot in the midst of your color war =) This is one of our favorite summer art projects!

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Balloon Painting

The simplest and probably least messy way to paint with balloons is by filling up balloons with air and dip the balloons in washable water color paint and make prints on your piece of paper. This balloon painting can be done inside or as an out side art project.  You can use a giant roll of of butcher paper, large sheet on an easle, or a small printer paper.  This toddler art project is more about the activity and having fun than producing any discernable picture. This air balloon painting is sheer fun!

rainbow balloon painting craft for toddlers and preschoolers

Rainow Art Project for Toddlers

Draw an arched line for each color of the rainbow on a piece of paper. Now blow up a balloon for each color – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Using small balloons filled with air, children will dip the balloon in washable tempera paint to dap along an arched line to create blobs of color along the arch. Continue with other colors to make a pretty rainbow craft for toddlers.

roll and paint balloon art project for kids

Games to play with water balloons

This games to play with water balloons involves rolling balloons dipped in paint for a summer process art at its best! Children will put a large piece of paper at the bottom of a makeshift ramp which you can make out of board, sled, kickboard, etc that you cover with a garbage bag or newspaper to protect the surface. Now dip a small balloon filled with water in washable liquid paint and gently roll it down the ramp onto the paper.  Continue painting by rolling until you have about half of the paper covered with paint. Allow your paper to dry completely. Use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to add in details to create something out of the patterns, shapes, figures you created.

This impressionis artwork allows kids to figure out what they see in the color / shapes they made and add details to bring out what they see for others. THis is a really fun early art project for preschoolers.

paint splatter art

Paint Splatter Art

Children will love this engaging and active art project! Put a tablespoon or so of acryllic paint in a water balloon. FIll the rest of the way with air and tie off. Attach the balloon to a piece of white poster board or canvas with tape across the opening. Alternatively you can hold it there if you are making artwork with a sibling or friend.

HINT: We found it works best to have someone hold the balloon very wide open, then squirt in paint. Blow up the balloon medium full. Too little air and it doesn’t have the force to splatter. Please remember to wear safety equipment and use precautions to not get paint in your eye or inhale paint!

paint and air balloon pop artwork

Continue filling different colored water balloons with paint and air then attaching to the balloon. You can have the balloons in just a row at the top, row at the top and the middle, or all over the poster board.

family name artwork

Now comes the fun part! Children will throw darts (or poke balloons with wood skewers) at the paper to pop the balloons and create a work of art! If you have a young child you can just give them a needle, pushpin, or scissors to pop each of the balloons to make their project.  As with all projects involving paint, make sure to wear paint clothes, protect surrounding surfaces, protect children’s eyes, and watch children carefully with any sharp objects.

HINT: We found putting the paint side up worked best to spread the paint over the canvas instead of having the air thrust the balloons down and the paint remaining in the latex.

paint balloon artwork for kids

We made ours a couple different ways such as using just a couple of daughters favorite colors and about 20 balloons randomly taped on the canvas. My favorite was this family name project where we put painters tape to spell our last name. We went nuts popping about 40 balloons over the VERY large 30×40 canvas. THen we pulled off the painters tape to reveal our name. This was not only a fun summer activity for kids, but a lovely piece of artwork I will always treasure of our fun, playful childhood days!

balloon toss painting for kids

Balloon Toss Painting

This is another option for a splatter painting project. You will need a large canvas. We used a 30×40, but you can use whatever size fits the wall space you have to hang it.

painters tape tree and pushpins poking out of canvas

Push thumbtacks in the back of the canvas so that the pin side is out the front. We also used painters tape to make a resist painting of sort so it will look like a tree when we are done. You coudl also do a name, geometirc shapes, mondrian styel painting, flowers, etc.

paint water balloons

Fill water balloons with a couple squirts (1-2 tablespoons) of washable tempera paint and the rest of the way with water; tie off the top and set in a bucket of water. Repeat until you have 20-30 paint waterballoons.  YOu want them to be full enough so they will pop when you through them. My tip is use regualr balloons – not water balloon which are way to hard to fill. Have a friend hold the balloons open to get the paint inside then use a spray hose to fill till it is just large enough to hold in your hand and tie off.

paint water balloon art project for kids

Throw balloons at yoru canvas. The force plus the pushpins shoudl pope the balloon. WE had ours slightly elevate at the top so it “dained” down. YOu can try with different angles for different splatter effects.

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Continue tossing balloons until you run out and/or you like the look of your canvas. Some of our earlier balloons were light on paint. Deffinetly stick with 1-2 tablespoons for a good saturated color!

In an outdoor space, have children throw balloons at the canvas to produce a beautiful splatter artwork. You can wear your swimsuit or a garbage bag with head and arm holes. Swim goggles are a good idea in case any of the paint splatters. And like always, make sure kids are supervised with the pins and paint and take care to protect any vaulale surfaces.

splatter painting project

Let your work of art dry. Remove painters tape if you used it and hang your masterpiece inside!

Looking for a FUN summer activity for kids that is educational too? This fun music activity for kids helps kids of all ages learn music notes while having fun with a music notes game that was made for summertime. This water balloon game is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. As they play this music game for kids they will learn music notes for kids!  Nothing says summer like water balloon games!  They are cheap, quick, FUN, and a great way to cool off on a warm summer day! Bug if your kids are tired of playing balloon toss, let us help you take your water balloon activities to a new level of summer activities for kids with these fun games to play with water balloons. These fun water balloon games are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students!  Are you ready to make something really cool with your kids? Your children will go nuts over this fun, easy to make Lego Balloon Car. This such a fun physical science experiment to try with preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Ready to build your balloon car? Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE.

Balloon Activities or Kids

Plus don’t miss these other fun balloon games and activities for kids to try this summer!

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  Bring some beach fun home with this super simple, sand slime. This sand slime recipe is quick and easy to make for your beach theme or a summer activity for preschoolers.  Kids of all ages, from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students will LOVE this beach slime!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! Whether you are having a doctor theme preschool unit, talking about germs, community helper activity, or are just looking for a fun and silly craft for kids, you will love this band aid art project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children. You are going to love this really fun, creative craft for kids! Use these super cute beach worksheets to sneak in some fun summer learning in between all your summer activities to keep up skills and avoid the summer leaning loss. These free beach printables include letter find, beach i spy, beach math, counting, addition, skip counting puzzles, and so much more. This HUGE pack of over 70 pages of beach worksheets for preschool, pre k, kindergarteners, and first graders is so handy! Simply download pdf file with summer worksheets for preschoolers and you are ready to play and learn with a beach activity for kids! Looking for a fun, engaging pasta craft? This pretty stained glass pasta project has so many different possibilities to let your children explore their creativity, create something unique and beautiful, and strengthen coordination with those little hands. In this pasta art you will use dyed pasta to creat a beautiful stained glass craft. This stained glass art for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders.

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Tin Foil Art Looking for the best sidewalk chalk paint recipe? We think this sidewalk chalk is perfet because it is super quick, only uses 2-ingredients, and makes such bold, vibrant colors for kids to color with. Use this diy sidewalk chalk paint with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders to let their imaginations SOAR! Let them use the homeamade chalk to create dragons, butterlies, flowers, trees, aliens, and more. Creating and using homemade sidewalk chalk paingit such a fun, simple, and classic summer activity for kids of all ages!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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