First you are going to blow up the balloon & tie it.
Tape the end of the balloon to the table as best your can.
Place a selection of markers on the table.
Let your child draw on the balloon as desired.
Many children will easily spend 10 or more minutes experimenting with holds and drawing on the balloon. A sharpie yields the most satisfying results but that is to your discretion. I tend to have a more of an eye on my child when a sharpie is in their hand than I might otherwise, almost like a knife.
Sharpies are dangerous. But satisfying and wonderful to draw with.
Grown-up Setup 2:
Get a small dish, jar or cup and fill it halfway with slightly watered down glue. Like 1:3. Or less. We used flour glue and it worked. Stickier the easier.
Take one of the longest piece of string or yarn and tie the end of it to the balloon.
Place the balloon and the cup on the table where your child will be working.
For your child to do:
Dip the rest of the string into a shallow dish of glue.
Wrap the string around the balloon until you get to the end of the string.
Each pass should go from top to bottom securing each using the end. This bit was tricky. I had hoped my little 6 could do it but he doesn’t really like messy fingers. Stickier glue would make this better.
Tuck the end of the string along side another piece and place somewhere to dry.
Grown-up Setup 3:
When the balloon is dry.
Choose 2 or 3 colours of paint and brushes and set out on a covered clear area in which to work.
Tape the balloon to the table.
Let your child paint the balloon.
Instead of brushes you could easily use sponges instead. They are a little easier to manage along side the challenge of the moving balloon.
Grown-up Setup 4:
When the balloon is dry from the previous activity.
Choose 2 or 3 different colours of paint and brushes and set out on a covered clear area in which to work.
Take the second piece of string and tack it or tape it to your ceiling above the work area.
Tie the other end to the end of the balloon.
Let your child paint the balloon to their hearts content using brushes or sponges. Preferably not their fingers, that’s cheating!
Depending on your area you can tie the balloon to the back of a chair or a hanging light fixture or a post. You want the balloon to swing freely without hitting your walls or any uncovered areas.
Because the balloon is going to swing freely.
Maybe do this in your garage. Or in the driveway.
Novel play prompt:
When everything is dry, pop the balloon.
Depending on how thick your child’s paint project is the balloon might not peel away as nicely as it would have before we added all the paint.
But would be a perfect fine motor exercise to keep those little fingers busy wouldn’t it!
Now you have a bird cage – if you add a little paper cutout bird. Or a hanging decoration for your backyard tea party.
Or maybe your child wants to make some bird food for their pet bird.
Bring all your things outside and begin to setup your very special place.
Now what are you going to serve at your party?
Maybe some spring tea, mud cakes or spring soup.
The recipe card for spring soup is in your kit or you can print it here.
I got some scissors and a watering can to help me make it.
When you are done making all the lovely things you will serve it’s time to invite some guests. Maybe your brother or sister, maybe your grown ups, maybe some stuffed animals.
Make sure you set the table and serve all of your guests.
To the grown up:
I encourage you to choose a day this week when you will all eat a meal together in your backyard. When your child invites you out to their party bring along a little something extra….and maybe a wet cloth to wipe hands!
The activities each week are in preparation for a May Long Great Adventure Backyard Campout. I am going to invite your child to sleep outside in their backyard in a few weeks. I have a few extra tents if anyone would like one feel free to drop me a line.
Spring is about to burst into blossom and bloom downtown here where I live. The city streets are full of buds and blossoms are beginning to emerge. Warmth is in the air and jackets are scattered in the yard. Seems the perfect time of year to begin collecting colourful treasures to play and create with.
This weeks scavenger hunt comes to you from my amazingly talented daughter and you can download it here you can also follow her art account on Instagram here. She takes commissions and makes beautiful art.
Have your child choose which items they’d like to put in the book and which they’d like to leave outside to play with. It helps to press the items you are going to use for this in a big book before you begin to make your collage.
Once you’re done collecting grab a sheet of contact paper and start creating.
Spring Nature Collage
Another classic that will yield marvelously different results if repeated in the fall and spring.
You will need:
Pressed nature items
Additional materials for their collage
Backing – tissue paper, contact paper, construction paper
Tape one of your pieces of contact paper to the table where you are working.
When you are ready carefully peel the contact paper backing and have your child test the stickiness with their finger.
Things might rip or tear if you try to lift them off the contact paper so if your little one is a stickler for layout you might want to hold off on peeling the backing.
When they are all done gently lay your second piece of contact paper over the first and trim the edges.
Hole punch the top and add a string for a beautiful wall or window hanging.
This can turn into a beautiful gift for grandma for Mother’s Day.