Beautiful Bubble Prints

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun

summary:

Toddlers strengthen mouth skills, deepen their understanding of color, and enhance their five senses while making these pretty paper creations.

CAUTION: Adult supervision is always recommended when creating these crafts. Please note that there may be small parts for some of the crafts that could be a choking hazard for children under three years of age and/or tools needing close adult supervision. Created crafts may not be intended for use as toys and these should only be used with adult supervision by children under three years of age.

Bubbles are magical things for kids — they seem to appear out of nothing, and they’re gone as quickly as they’re made. This colorful project lets kids create unique refrigerator art while they get to have a ball blowing bubbles.

Gather:

Small margarine tub
4 tablespoons liquid non-toxic tempera paint
8 tablespoons liquid dishwashing detergent
1 plastic drinking straw
¼ cup water
White construction or printer paper

Talking Senses

Before you get started on this craft, take some time to blow store-bought bubbles (or some you’ve mixed up with detergent) with a wand. Let your child — or children, as this activity works great with older kids, too — blow a few, and then use sensory words to talk about the bubbles:

  • What do they see in the bubbles? Any colors? Shapes?
  • Do they smell like anything?
  • How long will the bubble stay in the air before it pops on its own?

For a few moments, let each child demonstrate how to blow — not suck in — on the straw. (This will be important when making the actual bubble prints.)

B-B-Blow!

Keep a sponge handy in case the bubble solution spills over the top of the container. You may want to cover your area with news- or craft paper.

  • In the small margarine tub, mix the paint with the dishwashing liquid.
  • Stir in water. (If more than one color is desired, mix up separate containers for each.)
  • Let one child at a time put a straw in the solution and blow until it foams and bubbles to the top rim of the container.
  • Help your child lay the white paper across the bubbles gently – as they break, they leave light, airy patterns.
  • Repeat these steps with several colors to create more vivid prints. Talk about the colors you’re using, what happens when some colors mix (yellow and blue, for example), etc.
  • Once the bubble solution has dried on the paper, let your older children draw definite shapes into the airy designs: the fluffy texture is great for sheep, flowers, balloons — let your child use her imagination!