I first tried painting with balloons with the class I had last year & it was such fun, messy for sure but a very sensory process, you can read about it here and I couldn't wait to try it with another class. This time though instead of making it an individual experience I decided to allow the children to work together to make a larger collaborative piece. This month we are looking at the colours black & white & decided to use white paint on black paper. Some of the children were very gentle, almost using the balloon like a brush to make very light marks on the page while others were so into the whole idea of squashing the balloon down to get as big a 'circle' as possible, they burst the balloons!
The balloons feel lovely when covered with paint & most of the children spent a long time just rubbing paint all over the balloons. They did get slippery & several bounced onto the floor & one stray balloon hit a door, wall & me!
The children all enjoyed this activity & it's good to let them see that they can make marks & prints with something other than brushes. When the pages have dried, we planned to add more texture to them with tinfoil & 'cool' coloured tissue paper & use them as a backdrop on the display boards.
But they looked so good on display I don't think we'll cover them up!