Soap Bubble Art

Soap Bubble Art

Materials:

  • 1–2 tbsp. tempera paint
  • 1 tbsp. dishwashing liquid
  • 1/2 cup water
  • White or light-colored construction paper
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Metal pie tin or shallow aluminum pan

Method:

Mix together water, dishwashing liquid, and paint. Pour mixture into the metal pan.

Have kids dip one end of a plastic straw into the mixture and blow gently to make bubbles. Stop blowing once the bubbles reach almost to the edge of the pan.

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Gently place a piece of construction paper on top of the bubbles and hold it in place for a few seconds. As the bubbles pop, they will leave marks on the paper.

Remove paper and set it aside to dry.


Encourage experimentation and creativity. Have kids try mixing different colors of paint together or holding the paper on top of the bubbles for varying amounts of time. Think of how to create other special effects.

Here’s another variation: Start with several margarine containers instead of one big pan. Fill each one with a little water, 2/3 cup dish liquid, and 1/3 cup tempera paint – different colors in each tub. Have kids blow bubbles in each tub as before. Then place paper on the bubbles in first one tub, then another for new and different color designs.

Bubble Blowing Designs

Pour a small amount of bubble solution into several cups. Add 4-5 drops of food coloring to each cup until you get a deep color. Dip bubble wands into the colorful solutions and blow bubbles onto plain white paper. Allow the bubbles to settle and burst on their own. When dry, you will have a personal masterpiece to display or use for note paper!

Bubble Wrap Prints

Materials:

  • Bubble wrap packing
  • Paint & brushes
  • White or light-colored paper

Method:

Tape a large section of bubble wrap securely to a flat surface.

Provide different colors of paint and brushes. Instruct children to paint any color or design on the bubble wrap that they want.

When they are done painting, demonstrate how to make a print by pressing a piece of paper down on top of the wet paint.

The more paint and colors there are on the bubble wrap, the more interesting designs will emerge.

Bonus – Bubble Art

Use balls instead of bubbles for another creative twist!

Materials:

  • Assorted colors of Tempera paint
  • Shallow aluminum pan
  • White or colored paper
  • Marbles

Method:

Place a piece of paper in the pan. Have child dip a marble into the paint, drop onto the paper and roll it around. The marble will make its own colored trail across the paper. Use lots of marbles dipped in different colors of paint for a truly unique creation!

Written by Patricia Jensen. Reprinted with permission.

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