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A Fun Craft for Toddlers: Painting Poppy Flowers with Balloons

Make this poppy painting craft for kids using balloons! It’s fun, quick, and easy to set up for even the smallest crafters. This project is ideal for a Veteran’s day craft, a Memorial Day craft, or Remembrance Day.

From Ruffles and Rain Boots: balloon painting for kids; Veteran's day craft, Memorial Day craft, quick toddler crafts

Poppy Painting Craft for Kids 

Over the years, we’ve done this balloon painting craft many times. Painting with balloons is a fun activity for both kids and their grownups at any play date. 

And one of the best things about this poppy painting craft is that it takes only minutes to set up. Using other paint colors, the possibilities are endless when the kids are painting with balloons.

If you have young kids, you can feel safe setting up this balloon painting for toddlers craft. ;)

Supplies for Painting with Balloons

Our supplies: 

  • water balloons (filled with air, not water)
  • tempera paint in red, orange, and black
  • cardstock (but copy paper would work) 
  • a black marker. 

Instructions for Balloon-Painted Poppies

We got the idea to paint with a balloon from Dhiyana herebut Elise wanted to make stems to look like flowers. I helped her by holding her hand straight while she drew the line.

To make the flowers, you simply put red paint on a palette and then put orange in the center of it. Dip the balloons, varying the pressure for different sizes, and use a dollop of black paint for the center. 

From Ruffles and Rain Boots: balloon painting for kids; Veteran's day craft, Memorial Day craft, quick toddler craftsOnce the poppies were painted (all three canvases worth), Elise wanted more crafting fun. She indicated that one was a happy balloon, and the other sad and tried to make a face on one. The paint just smeared when she put it on the balloons, and it made for a great discussion. 

From Ruffles and Rain Boots: balloon painting for kids; Veteran's day craft, Memorial Day craft, quick toddler craftsAfter asking for my help to draw the faces, I complied and asked her to paint some “highly technical, feats of engineering:” toilet paper balloon holders. 

One word of caution about this project: I am one of those paranoid people who say not to let a 2-year-old out of your sight with a latex balloon. Even though Elise isn’t mouthing anymore, I still consider it a big risk. We kept her in her booster seat and monitored her very closely during the project. 

I am kind of paranoid about NEVER giving latex balloons to young children left unattended. The combination can be tragic if they mouth the balloon and it bursts. The balloon stands were a way of continuing the fun but making sure that the balloons never made it off the table into her hands. 

Yield: 1 painting

A Fun Craft for Toddlers: Painting Poppy Flowers with Balloons

From Ruffles and Rain Boots: balloon painting for kids; Veteran's day craft, Memorial Day craft, quick toddler crafts

Make this poppy painting craft for kids using balloons! It's fun, quick, and easy to set up for even the smallest crafters. This project is ideal for a Veteran's day craft, a Memorial Day craft, or Remembrance Day.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • water balloons (filled with air, not water)
  • tempera paint in red, orange, and black
  • cardstock (but copy paper would work) 
  • a black marker

Instructions

  1. Place larger globs of red and orange paints on a tray or paper plate. Place a small glob of black paint.
  2. Dip an inflated balloon into the red paint and press lightly.
  3. Next, dip the balloon into the orange paint and press lightly directly on top of the red painted circle.
  4. Use the child's finger or a pencil to dip into the black paint for the center of the poppy.
  5. Finally, draw stems with a black marker.

Notes

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Set up this quick poppy painting activity with a surprise paintbrush - a balloon! It's so much fun, even the littlest ones can do it. #rufflesandrainboots #poppypainting #memorialday #remembranceday #veteransday #painting

Mrs. AOK

Sunday 8th of November 2015

All my pictures on my blog & on IG come from my iPhone. :) I have a fancy camera but we lost the charger in a move (IL to SC). Anyway... I love your poppy craft! XOXO

Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

Monday 10th of November 2014

So here I was over at From ABCs to ACTs and I was reading this great poppy round up post. I thought... wow I like that balloon painting one, it's so PRETTY! Then I thought, I really should do a poppy craft today. I clicked the link and lo and behold... it's YOU! My lovely, dear friend!

This looks gorgeous! I'm going to go see if I have some balloons handy.

Wishing you a lovely day. xoxo

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 10th of November 2014

The world really is getting smaller, isn't it? Thanks for the compliment, Jennifer!

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