Arts & crafts

Ideas and Steps for Making Bubble Art

This activity never fails to fascinate my kids. Both Einstein E and Power P simply enjoy blowing bubbles of different colours, watching them land on paper and pop.

Interesting facts about bubbles and colours:

- A bubble is air wrapped in soap film.

- Bubbles pop when the water between the soap film surfaces evaporates.

- The first primary colour infants see is – red.*

- We are more likely to remember something that we see in colour than something we see in black and white.**

When playing with bubbles, be more careful than we were with our kids' new T-shirts: food colouring  and paint can stain surfaces and clothing. Also, make sure children are supervised when doing this and that they are blowing OUT. This art activity is not for young children who do not know how to blow out and not in.

Materials:

  • bowl for the mix
  • liquid soap and water (or bubble mix)
  • food colouring, acrylic paint or gouache
  • straws and paper

Step 1.

Prepare the mix 

You can make it with liquid soap: mix two tablespoons food colour, acrylic paint or gouache with liquid soap and water. Stir well.pouring food colour into a bowl
Or work with some ready-to-use bubble mix: pour one tablespoon of bubble mix into a small, shallow bowl. Add a few drops of food colouring to the mix and stir well.

This is a great opportunity to talk about colours and shades, or even elasticity and surface tension. See some interesting facts listed above. 

Step 2.

Insert the straw into the bowl and blow.blowing bubbles with straws
If you have a bubble wand, place it in the coloured bubble mix, remove and blow bubbles towards your paper. 

Step 3.

If using straws, you can either place a piece of paper on top of your bubbles to get the print or blow the bubbles on the paper. We found the second option better as more colour gets soaked in and the print bubbles leave this way is clearer and brighter.bubbles on paper
Once you get your prints, you can do several mini-art projects such as:

1) Paintings

All you need for this one is a piece of cardboard, bubble prints, glue, and some paint.

painting from the bubble prints

2) Coral reef

This was a larger project Power P wanted to do. Both he and his brother find coral reefs fascinating and through this project we learned a lot and had fun.

coral reef

3) Turtles

These cuties are a part of the coral reef project, and are super easy to make.

kid drawing eyes on a turtle

4) "Thank you" cards

This was a farewell gift the boys made for their kindergarten teachers.

danke card for the teachers

 

*https://www.bausch.com/vision-and-age/infant-eyes/eye-development#.VIj3kivF8W4 

**Wichmann, F. & Sharpe, L. (2002). The Contributions of Color to Recognition Memory for Natural Scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 28(3), 509–520