This balloon painting has got to be the highlight of our summer! This summer craft for kids is the perfect blend of an art project and a summer activity for kids. It is quick and easy to get ready and loads of fun to try this water balloon painting! Plus when you finish this water balloon activity, you will have a fun keepsake of your summer fun. This balloon paint art is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too.
Get ready to WOW your kids with this balloon painting project for kids of all ages! You will want to add this balloon paint art to your summer bucket list. This outdoor summer game is such a fun, memorable activity your kids will be talking about this for years and years to come! Try this balloon splatter painting with preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. So take your water balloon fun to the next level with this paint filled water balloons idea this summertime!
Water Balloon Painting
All you need for this EPIC summer activity for kids are a few simple materials and a couple minutes prep:
- water balloons
- tempera paint
- water (from a hose is easiest)
- poster board (or canvas for those whose primary goal is a keepsake project)
- painters tape
Water Balloon Activity
The process is just as much fun as this balloon art project! But first, a little set-up. Lay a poster board on your driveway or lawn away from things you don’t want to get a little splatter on it.
Summer Arts and Crafts
Add elements to your artwork if you like by putting painters tape on the poster bord now. You could spell your child’s name, add a circle in bottom right for sunset, shapes, etc.
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Make your child’s name out of painters tape BEFORE you start the balloon splatter painting
Balloon Paint Art
You will need a mixture of half tempera paint and half water that you will squeeze into a water balloon. I did this project when our tempera paint was about half gone. I just added water, put water in those bottles, replaced the lid and shook well to mix. AFter you fill a water balloon, tie off. Put the balloon in a bucket with a little water to make sure the balloons don’t pop.
Repeat with as many balloons as you like. You can use just shades of your favorite color, lots of colors in the rainbow, or whatever other color combination you like.
Balloon Splatter Painting
The next part of this balloon dart painting is sooooo much fun! Children will stand on a stool or ladder and one by one they will drop the balloon on the poster board or canvas. It makes such a fun splatter paint effect!
Paint Filled Water Balloons
Continue dropping the paint balloons on the poster board to create overlapping colors and patterns in thie fun balloon smash painting.
When you finish, allow the project to dry. How beautiful is this paper created with water balloon drop painting?! You can do all similar colors for some cool dimmension or do a really colorful one with lots of colors.
Paint Filled Balloons
Carefully remove the painters tape from your project to reveal some hidden objects, name, or image.
Kids Name Craft
This makes such a fun name craft for kids! Make it on canvas for a fun, personalized wall art kids will love hanging in their room!
We created a beautiful, unique sunrise picture using yellow, orange, red, and pink paint balloons.
No matter what you create from shapes, to name craft, sunset, modern art, or just a cool color canvas – this is such a fun summer art project for kids of all ages!
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