Recently we did an outdoor painting activity using a new medium – air!
We painted with air in three different ways.
Painting with balloons
To set up the activity, I laid out some poster board on the driveway for each kid and then squirted paint onto trays.
The kids were very excited when I pulled out balloons. Together, we talked about how we use air to blow up balloons. I showed the kids how to dip their balloons into the paint, and then they took over from there!
Painting with bubble wrap
When I could see their interest in the activity was waning, I took out some bubble wrap and gave it to the kids.
XGirl enjoyed making impressions with the bubble wrap.
She and I noticed the pretty pattern made by the air bubbles.
QBoy, on the other hand, was less interested in making impressions with the bubble wrap than in using the bubble wrap to “clean” his poster board. Therefore, he simply used the bubble wrap like a cloth to scrub the paint into the paper.
Painting with straws
After a while more, I pulled out some straws. I placed a dallop of paint directly on each of their poster boards, then showed them how to blow through the straw to push the paint around.
Both kids struggled a bit with getting the straws positioned close enough to the paint for their blows to have any effect. Ultimately, they were able to do it, but the difficulty they faced meant that this activity did not keep them engaged for very long. I suspect that older kids (mine are 3 and 3.5) might have better luck and be more engaged by painting with straws.
Please note that I used close supervision as the kids were painting with straws to ensure they were blowing on the straws instead of sucking on them. As you can imagine, I wanted to ensure that they did not end up accidentally ingesting any paint!
More resources for kid-friendly arts and crafts
More arts and crafts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Tape resist watercolor painting
- Coffee filter art
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Upcycled crayons
- Leaf collages
- Glue monsters
- Chromatography flowers craft