When was the last time you were that daring parent? I am not talking about letting your child run across the street or even running with scissors type of daring. I am talking about the kind of daring where you embraced the mess!
I surprised my kids by holding a water balloon paint fight. Yes, I said paint!
My original plan was to gather all the cousins and do a 3-legged war, which would have fun a a lot of fun, so if you are like me with a house full of kids or a lot of family, pick a partner, fill your balloons, and have a war. We still had a great time with our littles and it will be a grand memory for us for ever!
Give yourself a pep talk. Accept that it is going to get messy. Before, during and after. The more you tell yourself that, the more you will have fun and not worry about all the cleaning up to do after. I made sure I had all my cleaning supplies stocked to for the bathroom as well as kids pajamas all ready to go so it was not a mad dash after the clean up bath time.
I bought a pack of water balloons at the dollar store, non toxic paint and a set of squirt bottles (like the old ketchup and mustard bottles).
For the paint colors, I stuck with primary- red, blue and white and then let my crazy come out with 1 bottle of neon green. I was not sure if I really wanted to do red…. only because I didn’t want it to look like a murder scene.
Getting the paint and water in the balloons was a mission, but I kept focused on how much fun my boys were going to have. I poured the paint into the ketchup and mustard bottles – used that to fill the balloon half way up and then used the water hose (with the water balloon attachment that came in the package) to fill the balloon the rest of the way. You will get wet and messy just in the filling process- so do not wear anything nice. I used a laundry basket to collect all the filled balloons.
Once everything was filled up, I gathered the boys, a towel, the camera (you will for sure want to take photos) and head out to your yard for some messy fun!
Make sure you set some ground rules out- for example, no throwing in faces and taking 1 balloon at a time.
Take a deep breath, set out your collection of balloons, turn on your camera and let them loose! Things will get messy, they will be loud but I promise you, it will be a lot of fun!
After you captured the kids for a few moments, put the camera down or pass it to someone and be a part of the fun. Giving your child this messy colorful memory will mean so much to them. Your child’s smile is a rainbow full of color! And on those hard days when you are just worn out, you have this memory and these photos to look back on. It will lift your mood and make you smile, because you are the best mom ever!
When we ran out of balloons, I filled the bottles that had some paint in them with water and let them squirt the bottles at each other for some added fun. I think they enjoyed that part more than the balloons. Boys love to get messy!
* earn extra cool mom points by serving ice cream or cereal for dinner , I mean after all you have clean up to do and it is about making a memory. Splurge tonight! *
Best part.. you can totally leave the mess until all the kids are in bed. Or have the kids help. Clean up PARTY! Clean up the popped balloons, use the hose to remove any paint in the grass, hose off your littles one before taking them inside- it will save your back a little when it comes to bath time.
Let’s talk about colors for a moment. For the extra money, I really liked the neon colors. I loved the way it splashed on them. I was also a fan of the white. I watered down the paint pretty good so it was more of a splash of color than a thick splatter. I recommend you do your own research on what you feel is safe for your family. There are some great companies available for natural based paints for babies, toddlers and children. Safety always first!
C’mon mommas (and dads)- get colorful!