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Bubble Painting

Posted on 07/06/20 by Rebecca (Becky) in Early Childhood

It’s time for some bubble fun with a twist! Blowing bubbles is already an enjoyable pastime, but did you know you can paint with bubbles, too? This simple art activity is perfect for the outdoors on a summer day. The results are stunning! This is also a creative opportunity for children to learn and explore the physical change of color mixing. Art + Science + Bubbles = merriment!

For this project you’ll need:

  • Non-toxic tempera paint, washable watercolors, or food coloring

  • Bubble solution

  • Bubble wands (or several plastic straws - see “More Ideas and Tips” below)

  • Cups or small bowls; a muffin tin also works well

  • Construction paper or cardstock (paper should be somewhat sturdy)

  • Tablespoon

  • Tape

  • Table covering (this can get kind of messy)

Instructions:

  • Add three tablespoons of bubble solution and ****½ to two tablespoons**** of paint to a cup.

  • Mix the paint and bubble solution together.

  • Place a piece of paper on the ground or a table. You may wish to tape the paper to the surface.

  • Dip the bubble wand or straws into the bubble paint and then blow out bubbles so they land on the paper.

  • Allow to dry before displaying the beautiful works of bubble art!

MORE IDEAS AND TIPS FOR BUBBLE PAINTING

  • ****We found that the more concentrated the paint color, the more likely the solution would splatter. The outcome was a rich, beautiful color but didn’t produce as many bubbles. The paintings were still beautiful, and our resident artists enjoyed creating a splatter effect!

  • It is okay if the solution splatters as you blow the bubbles. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to complete this activity!

  • If you don’t have a pre-made bubble solution, simply combine two tablespoons of dish soap (Dawn or Palmolive work best) and one tablespoon of water.

  • Create your own straw blower: tape together a cluster of straws, then dip one end in the bubble mixture and blow from the other end.

  • Have your children predict what will happen if they mix red bubbles and yellow bubbles, etc.



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