Tape Resist Balloons
Following our trip to see Hot Air Balloons, our toddlers talked endlessly about the balloons. We reviewed our pictures from the event and read a few books, but I felt we should do more. We made these balloons to continue our conversation.
Tape paper to surface. We did this as a standing paint activity so I taped the paper to the wall. Taping it to the table or an easel would also work.
Outline a balloon shape on the paper with masking tape. This is not an exact science, just do your best. Mine were lopsided, but that's okay. You might also want to use tape to insert a design into your balloon. I did stripes on the one pictured. Letters or other designs could also be fun. Your preschooler might also enjoy helping with this step. Toddlers would likely get so distracted by the tape that the painting may never happen. I would suggest saving that for another day when exploring tape can be your sole focus.
Cover the floor or table. Lay out paint shirts.
Lay out trays for paint. It is up to you if you want to have the paint also ready to go or want to let your little one help select and arrange the paint.
Whether you invite your child or they discover this as an invitation to create, allow them to paint as long as they want and in whatever way they wish. There is no wrong way to do this, except to say that too much paint can make the tape tricky to remove. You may want to have several balloons available if your child is the spread the paint on the paper as thick as possible type of artist.
When they are done. Let the paint dry and then pull off the tape. Depending on your paper this may go smoothly or it may not. Thicker paper works better in my experience.
Once your child is done painting - have a clear path to the bathroom or other cleaning area. Wipe off the most colorful parts and then either carry or usher them to a sink or tub. Because we did this standing, our toddlers were quite covered in paint. A little wiping and then they were off to the tub.
Occupy your child briefly in the NOT filled tub with the wash cloth and instructions to wipe the paint of some body part. Then quickly remove the paint covered floor covering and move the paintings to a higher place - I usually tape them to the top half of the wall or a door. This reduces the pre-containmination when your child returns freshly bathed. If this isn't possible, due to the location of your bathroom or some other factor, hopefully you are able to gate off the mess and return to it once your child is clean.
Masking Tape or Painters Tape
Paint (colors of your child's choice)
Paint Shirts or Smocks
- What other tape resist shapes could you paint? A car? A train?
- Allow that curious toddler to put tape wherever they want and then paint over it when they are done.
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