If you combine water balloons with art you’ll get this super fun summer activity! Right after my son turned 4 all of a sudden his finger took the shape of a gun, his pretend play switched from firefighters to police, bad guys and super heroes and my sanity got a little more fragile. I am a born pacifist so it’s taken me some time to acclimatize to bombs, blasters and such. One way that we have addressed it in our house is you guessed it, art and play. A project like this that channels the aggression and need for destruction was the answer for us. It was also fun!
- Gather your materials. You will need some water balloons, a container, a canvas, water color crayons ( or washable markers), and a kid ready to blast a few things.
- Start by coloring the canvas with water color crayons – washable markers will work too, just use darker more vibrant colors.
- Fill up some balloons.
- Go outside.
- Throw! My son was adamant that he could throw it at it and had fun even though none of the first round of balloons hit it, although some were really close.
- Dropping them worked way better!
- Check out how the canvas has changed!
- A few days later we tried adding washable marker.
- Blasted it with water “shooters”- liquid syringes since we were all out of water balloons, after I told him we could go blast some, luckily this was available and just as “cool”.
- Worked great.
- Let dry – pull out again and again, I think we are going to do this many more times for the rest of the summer. The layers of color will be so cool.
* As with every craft please make sure you only do crafts that you and your child can do safely. Broken balloons can be very dangerous for kids who are still putting things in their mouths. Please ensure all pieces are picked up and disposed of so we can all keep playing and creating. *
What I liked :
What I didn’t like:
It takes some strength for the crayons to leave good thick marks that will create lots of color when painted over. The crayons were small so it wasn’t easy for my little guy to hold them, although it wasn’t impossible either. In the picture below you can see a flower I drew worried that he’d get no reaction when the water was brushed over his coloring. He did get some but the saturation is much better when you can press hard with the crayon.
What my son liked:
All of it, he liked coloring with the crayons but he loved getting the paintbrush and dipping it in the water and brushing over the crayons. It only took me showing him once for him to catch on. We sat and did water colors for 20 minutes, I was shocked and elated! Also he loved putting the paintbrush in his mouth and unlike with liquid paint these left NO trace of paint on him.
What he didn’t like :
That mommy wouldn’t let him put his whole hand in the water .
I give this product a great big seal of approval, even though young children will need help to make the crayon marks dark enough to get good color saturation when they paint the water on. This would be a great product to take with you when you are camping or traveling because it really isn’t very messy, it packs up easily and won’t leak in your luggage!