A while back, I saw a Walmart ad that peaked my interest. It advertised a water-balloon fight where the water balloons appeared to be filled with paint. There was a link at the end of the ad for more information. It was good advertising because I clicked.
The balloons were in fact not paint filled. They were filled with a mixture of cornstarch/water/food coloring. I couldn’t actually imagine having my kids throw those at each other but it would be fun to create pinatas out of them.
Filling the balloons was not difficult, but it took some time. I made the mixture and put it in a bottle with a squeeze top in order to fill them.
Once filled, they hung from a line using a binder clip.
The kids took turns with the bat – swinging their best swing.
The first try Hunter had he totally missed the balloon. I was laughing as I clicked through the pictures because he had closed his eyes for the entire swing. He tried his hardest to keep his eyes open the second go around!
I had filled enough balloons that each kid could have several turns and Cannon could throw a couple. When the kids were done there was one lonely balloon left in the bowl. We all agreed it was Steve’s turn. He swung for the fences and me and my camera were standing a little too close (I was used to the kids swings and my dry zone was relatively close).
I was covered.
The kids were all begging me to fill more balloons so they could have a couple more turns and so they could see Daddy make it rain paint even more. The key is teaching them how to fill them!