Paint Bombs: A Messy Outdoor Art Activity

    Paint bombs. Yep. That’s what I said! Here’s some crazy outdoor art that the kids made!Paint Bombs - a messy outdoor art activity

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    I’m not really known for messy activities, so this was quite out of my comfort zone! It started with me seeing a pack of water balloons and actually buying them. I’ve never played with water balloons before, and nor has my son. But why stop at water, why not add paint as well? So this is what we used:

    Water balloons

    Washable paint

    Squeeze bottles

    Old white sheet

    Metal tent pegs (garden stakes)

    I’d love to report that filling the balloons was REALLY easy, but that would be a lie. After some trial and error I used squeeze bottles. I filled them half full with water, then added generous squeezes of paint and shook to mix.Paint Bombs - a messy outdoor art activity

    Then I put the water balloon over the nozzle of the bottle, and squirted some watery paint into it. It was a bit tricky to then get the balloon off without all the paint being sucked back into the bottle, but I got the hang of it. The balloons were very varied in terms of size but I figured that the kids probably wouldn’t mind too much! I did have to make LOTS though!Paint Bombs - a messy outdoor art activity

    I set up the activity by securing an old white flat sheet to the grass with metal pegs.

    Then the fun could begin! Except… when the kids threw the paint bombs – they didn’t smash – they just bounced. In hindsight I should have set this up on the patio. But after we all got over the disappointment, my husband decided to stomp on one and then the activity took off!

    Mr F (5.5yrs) particularly loved gathering a pile of paint bombs then jumping on them!Paint Bombs - a messy outdoor art activity

    This was all just a little bit crazy for F, who mostly watched.

    But he did throw a few paint bombs onto the sheet for the others to jump on!Paint Bombs - a messy outdoor art activity

    And there was a LOT of jumping!

    Paint BombsMiss E (7yrs) worked out that she could squeeze the balloons over her brother’s head… and there may have been some more attacks from his twin sister, Miss L.Paint Bombs

    However he was actually quite happy to burst the balloons onto himself!

    And the finished “artwork”!Paint Bombs - a messy outdoor art activity

    This was a REALLY fun experience that the kids loved. It turned into quite a gross motor activity, too! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the paint bombs were so diluted that it was super easy to wash it out of all the clothes, and it rinsed off the kids’ skin easily too.

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