“This Day in June” Confetti Pop Painting

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An Exuberant Book & Confetti Pop Painting!

After reading Gayle E. Pitman’s “This Day in June” we decided to create some Confetti Pop Painting art! We used confetti filled balloons, paint, and after we realized just how much this was not only art, and sensory, but science too; some protective eyewear lol. I’m very excited to walk you through how we made this incredible confetti pop painting art, so let’s get started…

Summary of “This Day in June”

“This Day in June” written by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Kristyna Litten is an exuberant book about LGBTQ+ Pride. Simple rhyming text walks you page by page through a colorful Pride parade featuring diverse characters. A reading guide in the back of the book offers an explanation of each thoughtfully planned out illustration and more information about LGBTQ+ history and culture.

There is also a “Note to Parents and Caregivers”, which includes tips of how to talk to children in various age groups. We really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

How We Made Confetti Pop Painting Art…

Painting red paint on a confetti filled balloon with a paintbrush

We tend to keep the activities as simple as possible around here. We’re not interested in complicated or costly. We are also all about fostering independence. For this activity we recycled the clear confetti filled balloons we had hanging up for my daughter’s birthday.

We love making balloon paintings, as you can see HERE and HERE, but this time we took it to the next level. First, we decided I would test it out to see if it worked. Its a rarity that I try something first but my daughter was a little apprehensive about popping the balloon with a needle and preferred to watch me do it before her. So I quickly (the paint dries very fast on latex balloons) painted a rainbow, lathering the paint on pretty thick, thinking it might dry otherwise, & rolled and stamped the rainbow painted balloon all around the paper until I was content with the colors.

pressing a rainbow painted balloon onto white paper in a red tray

Next came the fun part… popping the balloon. I held the balloon directly over the wet painting, placed the needle pointing up in the center of the bottom of the balloon. What happened next came as a surprise to me… no, not the popping, I knew that would happen… the paint S-P-L-A-T-T-E-R!!!! It was fast and furious and everywhere. Thank goodness we were outdoors.

You Know What Though?!

I loved it, and as you can imagine, so did my daughter. We got ourselves some protective eyewear and took turns painting and popping the balloons! This was hands down one of the most exciting messy projects I’ve done. Sometimes you really just need to be splattered in the face with paint to let go and have fun!

The paper confetti came inside the balloon, but you could easily make your own cutting circles out of tissue paper or using a hole puncher. The confetti stuck onto the wet paint, no glue needed. That’s all there was to it, except that it lead to a super messy & fun paint “fight” where we both ended up covered head to toe in paint! 😮

Wait?!? Am I Supposed To Be Making One Too?

holding a needle close to a painted confetti filled balloon ready for the confetti pop

I highly recommend getting hands on and doing art projects with your child. If you’d rather not, thats okay too, but please do not correct anything they do. If you want the art to look a certain way – make your own.

confetti pop in action, blurry confetti falling

Especially if your child is little, its okay if it doesn’t turn out the way you imagined. Maybe its what they imagined. Also, its a process. They are learning. They will learn more through trial and error than if you correct them or do it for them. All they will learn if you “help” is that they didn’t do a good enough job on their own or they can’t do it; not exactly the message you want to give your kid. Am I right?!?

close up of confetti pop art

Believe me, I know it can be really challenging to let them make “mistakes”. Try doing the project along side them. It will allow you to focus on your own work, give them appropriate modeling of how to use the materials, and show them that you like art too! A lot of what I talk about in “What about the Sensory Mess?” applies to Art projects as well, you might wanna check it out! I love how each art has its own identity. I would suggest Confetti Pop Painting Art if you’re looking for an exciting and memorable art/sensory/science activity to connect with your child.

If you’re looking for more Pride fun, you might wanna check out our Bubbles & Bubble Wrap Art post!

Materials We Used

  1. “This Day in June” book (from the library or buy it HERE)
  2. Confetti filled balloon or regular latex balloon
  3. Sewing needle
  4. Paint – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Purple
  5. Bowls
  6. Paintbrushes
  7. A tray
  8. Cardstock paper
  9. Protective eyewear
  10. Baby wipes
  11. Hole puncher (optional)
  12. Tissue paper (optional)
  13. Scissors (optional)
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How to Make Confetti Pop Painting Art?

  1. Gather the materials and bring them outside.
  2. Blow up & tie your confetti filled balloon if it isn’t already.
  3. Squeeze paint into bowls and add a paintbrush for each.
  4. Lay a piece of cardstock paper on the tray.
  5. Put your protective eye gear on.
  6. Holding the balloon with one hand, use a paintbrush to quickly slather thick paint in rainbow colors all over the balloon.
  7. Before it has a chance to dry, roll, and press the painted balloon all around the paper until you get your desired look.
  8. While the paint is still wet on the paper, hold the balloon about 4 inches above the wet painted paper on your tray.
  9. Take the sewing needle, aim it at the center of the bottom of your balloon, and push it into the balloon making it POP!
  10. Most of the paper confetti should stick to the wet paint to add a festive look to your confetti painted art!
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