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.
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
- 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 here, but 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.
Once 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.
After 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.
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