Toddlers love throwing things, balloons, and making a mess. I’ve found a way to incorporate all three with this Balloon Pop Artwork.
For Mila’s third party birthday in April, (I still haven’t wrote about it. I’ll get to it as soon as I can!) we did a Young, Wild, and THREE theme. That meant animals prints, fun games, and friends. The day was truly a celebration.
Anyways, one our favorite parts was all the littles creating a huge piece of art. It was a carnival style game that the adults had a lot of fun watching.
This set up was inspired by the balloon throw game at fairs and carnivals.
And yes… we used darts.
Here are the supplies we used to create the balloon pop artwork:
- A huge canvas
- A crazy group of kids
I want to start off saying that this project was a little more difficult than I thought. Honestly, I didn’t think through the getting the paint in the balloon or how to get them to stick effectively.
Yet… here are my tips to help! Plus a funny story or two.
The first thing you need to do is get the paint inside the balloons. Like I just said, this is not easy at all. If you have a trick of how to do this, please let all of us know. Hopefully that tip will help someone else out.
Anyways, after trial and error, I found the best way to put paint in a balloon are these steps.
First, blow up the balloon and let the air out. Second, stretch out the hole and squeeze paint in the balloon. Then, blow it up.
It sounds way simpler and easier than it actuality.
At first, I tried filling the balloon with a straw. It helped for a little bit, but pulling it out put paint everywhere. Which isn’t good when you still have to blow the balloon up.
With one balloon, I had it half blown up then accidentally let go of the opening… that meant, all the air and paint in the balloon sprayed back on me.
It covered my face and shirt. Some got on my teeth and in my mouth. It just was not a great time.
So, there will be some trial and error.
After you’re done blowing up balloons, you have to tape them to the canvas.
I’d suggest not taping the balloons on or getting the activity outside until you’re ready to do it. The balloons will pop in the heat and tape doesn’t hold really well on canvas.
Yes… some balloons did pop prematurely in my house. It was a mess the entire time. But made me laugh too. What’s life without laughter?
Once it’s time to throw down, just set it up where you don’t mind paint getting every where.
We lined the kids up and told them what to do.
They all took turns really well and had a lot of fun with it. The littler kids had a harder time, but as soon as they realized they could throw hard, it got a lot more fun.
If you have kids close to the canvas, they will get paint on them!
Anyways, it took them a while to actually pop all the balloons. They started inching up after a few rounds.
Even though it was messy, I’m obsessed with out the Balloon Pop Artwork turned out. It’s actually the first piece of art someone sees when they walk into my house right now.
I love that every time we look at it, we remember how much fun Mila’s third birthday was!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever done an activity like this? Or let me know what your favorite carnival game is.
Before you go, check out how these moms incorporate the carnival in their play…