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Painting with Balloons

If you are looking for some new fun Halloween ideas for children - you are in the right place! Today we are going to share with you an Art session we had printing using water balloons.

This was a new activity here at Learning and Exploring through Play. I blew up 4 'water bomb' balloons. They are a perfect size for little hands. I used a tray and created patterns of oranges, yellows, greens and I even added some golden glitter glue.

What a beautiful invitation for play, don't you agree?

Little N used Pumpkin Print outs today.

She dipped the balloon into the paint and began printing right away. The prints looked very effective! When enough paint was on the balloon they created lovely circular patterns.

She really enjoyed dunking the balloon into the colourful paint.
It wasn't long before Little N got some on her hands and then the balloons started getting very slippery to hold. Little N found this very funny. She began painting using her hands too. Again this looked effective, and it was allowing Little N to be creative as she wished. As more and more paint made its way onto Little N's hands it became impossible for her to grasp the balloons in her hand. "Oh dear use fingers" she said. She then rubbed her hands together, spreading out the paint and began hand printing on the pumpkins.

She enjoyed swishing her hands around in the paint, mixing the colours together. She did several sheets of pumpkins pictures. Once she was finished I hung up the paintings to dry.

I will be using the pumpkin paintings Little N has created today to create some homemade Halloween Party Invitations.

- Colour Recognition
- Fine Motor Control
- Exploring using the senses
- Keen to try new things
- Problem Solving
- Expressing with Art
- Exploring new ways of doing things
- Confidence
- Knowing help is on hand

Continue to paint using a range of different methods.

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