We brought some outdoor fun indoors on this rainy afternoon using paint and bubbles!
Washable Tempera Paint
Tape or Rubberbands
- In a small bowl combine 2 Tablespoons of Bubble Solution with about 1/2 a teaspoon of paint. Stir to combine.
- Repeat step one to create multiple colours of bubble solution.
- Use a straw to blow enough bubbles to overflow the top of your bowl.
- Lay your paper over the bubbles to create a unique bubble pattern.
- Or try taping or rubber banding several straws together and dipping them into the bubble solution. Then blow the bubbles out onto your paper. You can also try the same technique using bubble wands.
Read about our personal experience with the activity below. I’ve included details about the supplies we used, substitutions you can make and other little tricks to make bubble painting a success.
We finally received some warmer weather here this week and my girls have been playing outside every chance they get. Unfortunately, it’s been cold and rainy here today and we are once again stuck inside. With social-distancing keeping us at home these past weeks there hasn’t been much variety to our days and it’s been harder and harder to keep my kids entertained. So when we ended up inside this afternoon I decided to set up another invitation for art to break things up.
This is what our invitation set-up looked like today. I try not to tell my girls we are going to do an art activity until I have it all ready to go; otherwise I have four very ‘helpful’ little hands to contend with. If you have trouble getting your kids excited about art activities try spending a few extra minutes on the set-up. A neat workspace with all the supplies laid out for them to see will pique their curiosity and get them excited to see what will happen next.
To paint with bubbles you will need to combine bubble solution with some type of paint or colouring in small bowls.
Bubble Solution: We used the Gazillion Bubbles bubble solution that we have for our bubble machine but any bubble solution should do the trick. If you don’t have bubble solution you can make your own by mixing dish soap with a bit of water; just experiment a bit with the ratio till you get the bubbles you want.
Paint: I would love to use liquid watercolours for this project. I think they would work so well! Unfortunately we recently used up the last of ours and I am still waiting for my new set to arrive. So today we just mixed in some Colorations Washable Tempera Paint and it worked great. You could also try Food Colouring or other types of paint you have in the house. Try a few different options at once and see which ones your kids like the best!
Once you have mixed up a few different colours of bubble solution it’s time to start painting!
Method 1: Use a straw to blow bubbles till the bubbles begin to overflow the top of the bowl. Then lay your paper over top of the bowl to create a unique bubble print! Add multiple prints and colours.
A great tip from earlylearningideas was to poke a hole in the straws to make it harder to accidentally suck up bubble solution. We used some extra silicone straws for our activity and just poking a hole didn’t quite work. I ended up using some nail scissors to cut a small hole in the straw instead.
Method 2: We also tried blowing bubbles onto our paper using bubble wands and straws. Bunch a few straws together and secure them with tape or rubber bands. Dip your straws or bubble wands into the coloured solution and then blow them out onto the paper. This was a little easier for my 2-year-old and there is less risk of drinking the paint.
My 4-year-old wanted to see what would happen if she did all the colours at the same time. And my 2-year-old tried putting the bowl on top of her paper and just kept blowing bubbles till they spilled over the sides and onto the paper. If your kids have ever tried blowing bubbles in their milk they will love this activity!
Once the glue outline was completely dry I set out a sheet of hearts for each of my girls along with some paint brushes and liquid watercolours. You could also use watercolour paint pods that you buy in trays to create the same effect. This time I used the liquid watercolours because I wanted to specifically set out pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. I gave them 3 colours to paint with mixing our watercolours with a bit of water to give them a softer feel. Once they were dry we cut out our hearts which we will add to our valentine cards in the next few weeks!