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Popping Paint Balloons - alice & amelia
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Popping Paint Balloons

I’m so excited to share this post with you all; this is a craft/messy play activity that literally had myself and Amelia in hysterics and it was so fun that we could both get equally stuck in together. It might have got us covered in paint but totally worth it; popping paint and glitter filled balloons!



This activity is a little bit of a faff to set up and isn’t one you can just pull together but it really is worth it. It’s not difficult to set up just a little time consuming but no longer than twenty minutes.

You will need:

  • Balloons
  • Variety of Paint Colours
  • Glitter
  • Balloon Pump
  • Large paper roll to pop your balloons on
  • Newspaper/floor covering
  • Variety of tools for popping your balloons i.e. screwdriver, scissors, drawing pins.

First up you need to get all your balloons, paint and glitter at the ready. It’s easier to use normal sized balloons as when you squeeze the paint in it drops to the bottom rather than hanging around the top.

Squeeze a generous amount of paint into each balloon and some glitter.

With your pump fill the balloon with some air. You can blow the balloons up but only if the paint has gone right to the bottom.

Mix and match with your balloons; some paint, some glitter and some both as it totally adds to the surprise of when you pop the balloons.

This activity needs to be done outside as paint can literally fly anywhere and lay down some newspaper/paper/something to cover the ground with unless you don’t mind paint getting there. Lay this out then roll out your paper for your balloon popping and place all your balloons on top of the paper.

Once your all set up it’s time to get popping!

Amelia was so eager to get going and we talked about what we could use to pop the balloons; Amelia suggested a stick or some scissors and we did try both of those but the best tool we had was a large screwdriver as you could pop from a distance. It would be ideal if you could create some long stick with a drawing pin at the end.





It was so much fun and for the first few balloons Amelia kept running away. The anticipation of when the balloons were going to pop was a little too much and even for me sometimes. When they popped glitter and paint just went everywhere making a really cool splatter painting and sometimes getting us in the face and clothes (make sure your in clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on).


When all the balloons had been popped Amelia couldn’t help but get right in there with squeezing the popped balloons and getting the last of the paint out, wiping it across the paper and her face.



We literally had so much fun popping all the balloons and just getting messy. It was like I was recreating a scene from one of my favourite teen films when they’re throwing darts at the paint balloons if you can guess the film we can be best friends….yes Princess Diaries. Anyway this was just loads of fun and definitely something I’ll be doing again.

Thanks for reading!xx




  1. Emily and Indiana
    26th September 2016 / 11:01 am

    The second I saw this I squealed “ah just like Princess Diaries!” haha! This is such a clever idea, I bet Amelia had so much fun xx

  2. Harriet @ Life With Mrs Lee
    26th September 2016 / 11:13 am

    This looks like SO much fun although I’m not sure if I could brave the aftermath! haha. But I think I’ll probably give it a go anyway 😉 xxx

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