What Can We Do Today? Bubble Painting!

September 25, 2009

It’s third term holidays here and since I promised both myself and my kids that we’d do some painting, yesterday we got busy with bubble painting!


You’ll need -
Watered down paint, food colouring or liquid water colours mixed with a little detergent.
A container for each colour.
Straws (a couple for each child unless you don’t mind sharing)


Bubble painting can get pretty messy so I suggest you cover your work surface with something, wear old clothes (even a good smock probably won’t catch all the paint splatters) and be ready to get messy!

Mix your paint/dye, water and detergent in the containers. Pop your straw down into the mix and blow! You’ll get a bowl full of colourful bubbles.

Then gently lower your piece of paper down on top of the bubbles to capture a ‘print’.


This is an activity that needs some adult supervision, though Izzy and Zoe got the hang of it quickly and were pretty much independent after that. It’s not really suitable for under three year olds since they usually associate a straw with sucking not blowing. Muski did have a go with me ready to pinch the straw closed at the first sign of a suck… even then he got a few mouthfuls of paint!

You’ll also need to plan in advance where/how you are going to dry all these paintings. We had so much fun and made lots and lots of prints we had them hanging everywhere around the dining room.


While I am usually more interested in the process of an art activity rather than the product, this makes such pretty prints so easily and quickly. We have piles of them being flattened in large book while we decide what to do with them. I think they’d make pretty cards or wrapping paper for small gifts?

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Mel September 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Looks like lots of fun! I must try it with Safari, although I’n not sure which way she will blow in the straw. lol

trish September 25, 2009 at 2:26 pm

great idea …though I bet S & J suck the paint too. I will have to try on a day when Daddy is home.

Alison September 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

We love bubble painting, although I must admit I haven’t tried it with Mr 2 around.
Those prints looks lovely – I agree they would make fantastic cards!

Gemisht September 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

They look great. I love the effect from the bubbles. Another easy one that is good for younger kids is golf ball painting. Use a slice tray, line it with paper, put some dollops of paint on the paper and let the kids roll the golf ball around in the tray. The dimples on the ball make an awesome pattern with the paint. And if you have a fold up clothes airer hang the artwork on that to dry with pegs.

Fiona@innerpickle September 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I just found you! And bookmarked you!

what a fab blog, and we’re about to go into NSW school holidays – all creative activity ideas very very welcome!

SquiggleMum September 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I’ve been waiting for my daughter to get just a little bit older to do bubble paintings… they look so great! Would make nice wrapping paper too ;)

Kez September 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm

They look great – definitely great wrapping paper!

PlanningQueen September 25, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Thanks for sharing this activity Kate. I had never seen it before. Guess what we will be doing next week!

Secret Mom Thoughts September 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Great idea. The paintings are really pretty.

Nic September 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Okay, definately adding this to our school holiday activity list ! ta kate.

MissyBoo September 26, 2009 at 2:23 am

That looks like so much fun. I think we might have to have a go :)

Michelle September 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Wow they look great. We tried this once but my son lost interest very quickly because they pictures came out so pale. I think I didn’t put enough food colouring in the water maybe?
I’ll definitely give it another go. :)

Farmers Wife October 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

We love bubble painting too and have had our share of paint in the mouth!!!

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