balloon art for kids

June 11, 2012

I love crafting and doing art projects with my kids, but since Lucia entered the walking/getting into everything stage, it's become a little bit trickier. 

At 5 years old, Juliet can use most art mediums without fear of her putting them in her mouth or making incredible messes. 

But we can't just stop creating art, so I've tried to find projects that both girls can do together. Painting is one that works if I watch Lucia very carefully to make sure she doesn't lick the brush. 

Glue and paper crafts have also been successful. They take a little more preparation on my part, but the end result is really wonderful and both girls enjoy it. 

Usually, my inspiration comes from picture books, but this time, I was inspired by a Hanna Anderson Catalogue. The illustrations are very picture-book-like, don't you think?

The night before, I drew the animals in pencil and cut out balloon shapes for each girl. In the morning, I let Juliet trace the drawing with a sharpie and then glue her balloons wherever she wanted them to be.

At the same time, Lucia (20 months) was able to glue down her balloons. (I placed a dot of glue down and she smashed the balloon on top!) Her only complaint was that there were not more balloons to glue down.

After it dried, Juliet used her sharpie to draw the balloon strings and a few more balloons. We erased the pencil guidemarks and it was ready to frame!

I drew Lucia's animals and the balloon strings for her, but if you have a 2 or 3 year old, she might be able to do that part on her own. 

There are so many ways to modify projects like this to accommodate a child of any age. You could let them draw the animals completely on their own or even draw a stick figure of themselves or your family holding a bunch of balloons. 

Some kids might want to cut out their own balloons. Others might prefer you help them. 

I had some frames ready and waiting for these pieces, and am working on a gallery display. Pictures to come soon! 

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