Preschool Activities and Printables

Painting with Balloons

Experimenting with different methods of mark-making is an age old tradition in the art world. In this sensory and artistic activity, hide away the paintbrushes and let the kids party down as they use balloons to paint! Using paint you can make your own Custom Balloons to great master pieces.

You’ll need:

A few balloons (party balloons, not water balloons – they’re too fragile!)

Bowls of different colored paint – could be finger paint (extra slippery!), non-toxic tempera, or acrylic

Large sheets of paper (try using white, colored or printed paper for variation)


1. You should begin by covering your tabletop or work space (I like to use an old shower curtain liner, but you could use newspapers or similar). Also cover your artiste! A smock or apron is a good idea with this messy activity.

2. Pour 3 or 4 colors of paint into bowls.

3. Blow up your balloons (one for each bowl of paint)! Keep in mind you want them to be a size that a little hand can grab and manipulate – apple sized or smaller.

4. Begin painting on paper. Encourage experimentation with methodology, color mixing, scale. Always be ready with a fresh sheet of paper when it’s time with a fresh canvas!

Feeling the squishy, slippery balloons will be a fun new sensation. Painting with balloons them will help your kids think outside the box when it comes to art! They’ll find that they can make circle shapes by “stamping” the balloon or more traditional brushstrokes by dragging the balloon across the paper.

See if you can get your painter to make a dotted pattern, or make a caterpillar from circles!


If your paint is very thick (think toothpaste), you may want to consider watering it down a bit. The paint will last longer, and will apply to the paper easily.

When choosing paint colors, consider using colors from one “family” (i.e. pink, orange, and red – or blue, green and turquoise). That way, when the colors inevitably start to get mixed together, you can avoid a yucky brown.

In addition to the colors, I like to include a bowl of white paint too. When mixed with other colors, it will produce pastel shades of the original colors – a very early lesson in color value!

You’ll come up with some very “fridge-worthy” artwork!


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