Friday, May 1, 2009

Bubble Art

We really enjoy making bubble paintings at our house. It's a very simple and fun craft to make as long as the kids are old enough to understand that you blow OUT with the straw, not suck IN. You'll see what I mean in a minute. All you need is water based paint, dish soap, straws, small bowls and paper (card stock works well too). Pour some paint into a small bowl, add some water and some dish soap. You can add more or less water depending on how bright you want the paint. Just make sure there's enough water and soap to make bubbles. Stir paint/water/soap mixture well, then insert straw and start blowing bubbles until you have a big mound of bubbles coming out the top, something like this.

Make sure you have newspaper or something to protect the table so you don't have a mess.

Once you get a big mound of bubbles, lay the paper on the bubbles. The bubble pattern will transfer onto the paper. Some of the smaller bubbles will stick to the paper, and that's okay. They will pop and leave a slightly darker color spot. Repeat this process until you have covered the entire paper. You can use several different colors on one paper. The end product will look something like this.

The colors didn't turn out very bright in this picture, but it looks better in real life. Once these creations dry, you can cut out shapes and glue them onto construction paper, or use them in all kinds of paper crafts (scrapbooking, card making, etc.). They're a lot of fun to make, especially the blowing bubbles part.

Here is my expert bubble artist at work.

Notice the newspaper protecting the table top.

Let me stress again the importance of blowing OUT, not sucking IN. I did this craft at church with a group of 3-5 year olds. One little boy didn't listen to the instructions. When he got his paint/water/soap mixture, he promptly took a big drink and got a big mouthful of soapy water. The poor kid probably cried for ten minutes and refused to complete his project.


Mum-me said...

When I was a pre-school assistant, way back during my Uni days, I always enjoyed doing this activity with the children. The bubble pattern is always interesting, and the blowing part is great for children with eustachian(sp?) tube issues. But yes, we did always have to remind the children NOT to suck, only blow!

Mallori and Nathaniel said...

What a cool idea! its right up there with the shaving cream avtivity. I love the new look of your blog. you should keep it this way for a while :)

Julia said...

My kids like to do this with their milk so I could probably do this art project easily without fear of them drinking the soap. Except I need like plastic sheeting across my kitchen to do the project with my little heathens!! LOL!

Brandy said...

This is one of those projects I've been wanting to do with my kids. It looks like your's had a lot of fun :) And the picture is really neat looking :)

Mine like blowing bubbles in their milk, so I'm sure they'd love this :)

Great post! :)

Sarah said...

What a great idea!

Vera said...

Oh fun!! Hey, I'm painting Sophia's room pink too (in fact, when she got up this morning, she said "mommy, why did you paint the cubbard - I thought you were going to paint MY ROOM!") Let's do the pink girls' room painting together :)

Sandi said...

Looks like fun! My son made a bubble painting when he went to kindy. At the end of the year, the teacher glued lots of projects each child had done into their own scrapbook to keep.