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Let’s Get Messy!

As I mentioned in my last post, I had the opportunity to help with a Lego summer camp during June and July. We did some super cool projects!

The last day we GOT MESSY!!! The group of boys was thrilled when I informed them that it was super messy when the girl group had done it earlier.

Want to know what the project was?! I’ll give you a hint: have you ever watched The Princess Diaries? Check out this scene

 

Yep! We did balloon painting!!!

Want to know how you can do it too?! Keep reading!

 

Materials:

-Balloons (I wouldn’t use water balloons. Find a medium sized air balloon.)Balloons

-Syringe

Syringe

-Acrylic craft paint (get LOTS of colors!! It’s more fun!!)

Acrylic craft paint

Also, make sure it is non toxic. If it has this label, you should be good to go. (Read more about safety labels here.)

AP seal

-Dish or Tupperware (Needs to be something you won’t need again)

-Stirring utensil (I used a straw)

Tupperware and Straw

-Water

Water

-Paper towels

-Paper or canvas

-Push pin/sewing needle

-Smocks/aprons/messy clothes

-Tarps if you are doing this activity inside or anywhere where you don’t want to have paint get all over

STEP 1:

Mix paint and water in the Tupperware. The ration of paint to water does not have to be exact but keep in mind that the more water you add the more transparent your finished color will be on your paper or canvas.

Mix paint and water

STEP 2:

Insert the syringe into the paint and draw up as much as will fill the syringe. My syringe was about 2 tbsp. I used between 1.5 and 2 syringes full to fill my balloons.

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STEP 3:

Very carefully, insert the syringe into a balloon. Try not to get paint on the mouth of the balloon.

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STEP 4:

Blow up the balloons. I blew up the balloon with my mouth. That’s why it is so important to keep the paint off the rim of the opening. Have some paper towels handy just in case.  I have heard, however, that you can use a ball pump to do the dirty work for you.

STEP 5:

Once you tie off the balloon you are good to go!

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STEP 6:

Tarp EVERYTHING!!! Seriously. I put a huge tarp on the wall and also on the floor and the kids still managed to get paint everywhere. That might be because I let them splatter paint after all the balloons were popped…tehe. Just be sure you do this in an area where it’s okay to get messy. Outside would be the best.

STEP 7:

Tape your paper (if you’re using paper) to the tarp. If you are using canvas, prop it on the floor or maybe use an easel to hold it higher.

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STEP 8:

Tape your balloons to the paper.

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Now here’s the FUN part!!!

STEP 9:

Once the kids are in their smocks, give them a push pin and LET THEM GO AT IT!!!

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Here’s a super action shot:

Balloon painting

STEP 10:

Make the kids help you clean up! Haha!

Here are some photos of their finished work:

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Let me know how yours turns out! Have you already done this before? If so do you have any tips or tricks?

Happy arting!

Ellen

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