When I successfully and correctly execute the steps, with our without hints, I do not get the "balloons" which indicate I have executed the steps correctly. I therefore do not earn the game points. I also cannot proceed to level 6.
I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble. Is this an issue with one particular challenge or all challenges? Have you tried following the steps exactly as they appear in the hints? Unfortunately, we only recognize certain ways of completing the challenge and even if it looks like you achieved the end-result, there might be a better/more efficient method which is what the game is looking for.