July 3, 2013

Water Balloon Painting



Painting with Water Balloons......it sounded like a good idea, and it was a good idea, but at the same time a complete disaster! I decided it would be fun to try to put the paint inside the balloons; that was obstacle number 1! I was hopeful that the balloon fillers would screw onto the paint bottles, but they were just a little too big. They still worked to get the paint in the bottle, and on your hands, and dripping down into your works area, but I did get the paint inside.


Obstacle number 2 was filling the water balloons. I SUCK at filling water balloons! I tried to use the little cap, but they didn't fit my faucet either, and the flow from the outside faucet would have been too strong. So I went with stretching the balloons over the faucet and slowly filling. This took way to much time and I still lost half the balloons and a shirt in the process! 


They were quite pretty once they were all filled. Now to hand them over to the kids to throw at some poster board I laid on the sidewalk. This was obstacle number 3! How hard can it be to get water balloons to pop??? My kids could only get them to pop in the grass! We eventually figured out to throw them into the grass right at the edge of the poster board, so they could splash into the work area. 



We did figure it out and the kids did still have a good time trying to pop the balloons, but the colors sill weren't as intense as I had hoped. Once they dried they were more pastel then anything.



Even though it wasn't what I hoped for, we did get some paintings and the kids did have fun trying to pop the balloons and laughing when they bounced all over the place, so it wasn't a complete fail. It just wasn't what I pictured in my mind. If I try it again I will definitely need someone to fill the balloons for me, but I think we may need to come up with a new version of Water Balloon Painting!  If you get it to work, please tell me how; maybe I would even try again!

24 comments:

  1. I just tried to do this last week and gave up while trying to fill the balloons! It was impossible! Glad you got farther than me. Fun idea :)

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    1. That was my strong willed attitude coming through I guess. I wasn't giving in to little water balloons! Maybe someone will get it to work properly and show us how!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your experience honestly! It helps to know what obstacles might come up.

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    1. Have to figure out what doesn't work to know what will! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Filling water balloons = a big pain! Glad the kids had fun though :)

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    1. I guess seeing other people do it made me think it was easier then it was! lol Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Try temper paint next time! I think this is a cool idea!

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    1. I am afraid I would have to fill the entire balloon with whatever paint I use. :/ We may try again, but I certainly need to do a little rethinking!

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  5. How fun! Sounds like a fun idea to play around with. I've seen powdered tempura paint at education/craft-type stores. That might help...or not. Those balloon openings aren't very big. My 3 year old would LOVE this!

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    1. The powder may be a safer bet since it wouldn't be able to splash all over you quite as much! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I'm with you on having trouble filling balloons.

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    1. I should have waited until Nathan was here to do it for me. It always seems like boys have better luck filling water balloons!

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  7. That does sound like a good idea, but I can see the challenges too. I think if you try again it may get easier?

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    1. I if have someone else fill the balloons; that was really when I was about to give up. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. What an adventure! I love how you shared each obstacle too! Thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!

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    1. Oh there were soooo many.....and for once, they weren't my kids. lol Thanks for visiting!

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  9. I was just thinking about doing this today! but instead we played with water, food colouring and glitter, and the kids made a right mess. So I think that the water balloons filled with paint is off the list for now

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    1. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to try again! lol Thanks for hosting and visiting!

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  10. What a fun idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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    1. The idea was more fun then the preparation, but in the end the kids enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your ideas and all the great suggestions to make it work below from your readers! I've featured it on our After School Linky Party this week http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/07/water-fun-learning-with-kids.html. Can't wait to see what you're sharing this week!

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    1. Thanks for hosting and for featuring us!

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  12. I HATE filling water balloons too! It takes forever to fill them and they're gone in a second! We tried putting paint in ours using a big empty shampoo bottle with a pump and it worked pretty well.

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    1. Hmmm.....that may be easier especially if you mixed up the water in there too, so you didn't have to stretch them twice! Not sure I am brave enough to try again, at least this soon! Thanks for visiting!

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