I was trying to think of fun sponge painting projects for my toddler and I wanted to create one that was just a little bit cuter than a lot of sponge paint projects I was seeing. But I also had to keep it simple and easy! Enter this little balloon dog made from cutting out ovals from a sponge!
And I think this came out just about right. Except I still can’t convince my one-year-old to follow directions. Once I give him paint all sense goes out the window and soon paint is everywhere including all over his body. Seriously, painting his body is his favorite thing right now. However, I am still convinced this would be perfect for a slightly older toddler. And the prep is so quick – just cut a sponge into two ovals (you could even get away with using one oval size for all of it).
- Q-tip (optional)
1. Cut out two ovals from printer paper. One should just be slightly smaller than the other. These will be your templates.
2. Use the templates to cut out two oval sponges.
3. Dip the larger sponge oval in paint and place it in the middle of your paper. Press down. This is the body.
4. Add more paint to the sponge (if needed) and place it to the left of your oval on a diagonal (as pictured). This is the dog’s neck.
5. Take the smaller sponge and dip it in the paint. Place it horizontally on the direct left of the top of the neck. This is the head.
6. Add two feet with the smaller sponge on the bottom sides of the body.
7. Create the tail at the top right of the body.
8. Now, add the ear to the top right of the head.
9. Optional: use a q-tip to add the balloon tip detail to the front middle of the head and the middle of the tail.