Bubble painting

Ever tired bubble painting ? I think it’s a classic kids’ art technique – and lots of fun! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making art with bubbles.

The process of making the art is the best thing here as the colourful bubbles grow and grow, but the end product is rather beautiful too. You could hang your finished picture up in your kid’s own art gallery, or you could cut it up to make gift cards or even bunting.bubble painting kids craft 1

Bubble painting

{Before you start you need to make sure your child understands the concept of blowing not sucking through the straw!}

We started by getting our materials ready: some white paper, a plastic tray (big enough to hold our paper), paint, washing up liquid, drinking straws, water

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We filled our tray with some water, paint and washing up liquid so it was about 1cm deep and mixed it all up. We made up two different trays so we could use two colours.

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Then, using the drinking straw, we started blowing our bubbles. This bit was great fun!

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We gently put a sheet of paper over the bubbles to make a print of them. Don’t press down too hard or leave in for too long or you will end up with soggy paper and the bubble print will be lost.

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We let the first colour dry (which didn’t take very long) and then re-dipped in the other tray to produce our final picture.

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Have you tried bubble painting with your kids?

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  1. says

    Again this si something the boys doing. I tend to do it outside, as my teo are super messy. I am doing a childrens craft showcase for painting tomorrow if you would like to link to it. I would love you too.

  2. says

    Bubble painting is so much fun! I used to do this in my kindergarten class but I haven’t done it at home with my preschooler…too messy.

  3. says

    The last time I tried this my kids kept trying to drink the bubble solution! They’re a bit older now, so maybe it’s time to try again (during Lily’s naptime)?

  4. Pam says

    For little ones to be able to participate in this activity, I use a straight pin to poke a small hole about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the straw. This will reduce the ability to suck the liquid up the straw while still being able to blow bubbles.

  5. Shannon says

    We used safety goggles when we did this with the kids in the past. Our dishes weren’t as shallow as the ones you have pictured and the kids’ faces were closer to the popping bubbles. Plus the kids loved any chance to wear the safety goggles! About 1/2 of the kids weren’t even interested in making the prints. Just thebubble blowing process!

  6. Melissa says

    When I did this activity with my daughter, I just used scissors to cut a hole about 1 cm from the bottom- it’s easier than poking a hole with a pin. We loved this activity. I wouldn’t suggest using metallic tempera paints, though- they weren’t dark enough- the bubbles didn’t show up on the paper. I had to use concentrated colouring paste mixed in before the colours would show up. The prints turned out beautifully.

  7. Judith Lingard says

    This idea is fantastic. The fun side produces something really interesting.All children and probably many adults love bubbles which are endlessly fascinating. Great art experience which could lead to questions asked about bubble formation, popping etc. Love this and will do it with my grand daughter soon.

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