Paint with Bubbles!

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What You Need:

  • Bubble soap (1 cup)
  • 2 bowls
  • Straws
  • 2 colors of tempera paint (1 teaspoon each)
  • Whisk
  • White paper (cut in half)
  • Newspaper
  • Smock (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Put ½ cup of the bubble soap in each bowl.
  2. Mix one color of tempera paint into one of the bowls with a whisk. Repeat this step with the other teaspoon of paint, encouraging your kid to help.
  3. Tell your child to blow into the bowl using the straw until she gets a bunch of colorful bubbles. Have her repeat this process with the second bowl.
  4. Carefully lay one of the half-sheets of paper over a bowl of bubbles, so the bubbles stick. Once that happens, lift it gently, and then lay it flat (bubble side up) on the newspaper to dry.
  5. With your child, wait and watch as the bubbles pop. When that happens, the paint leaves a perfect outline of the bubble’s shape on the paper, making a beautiful design.

Kids love the anticipation of waiting for the bubbles to pop so much, they’ll probably want to make multiple prints. To practice color combining, encourage your child to dip her paper into both bowls before setting it out to dry. This will help her understand how combining primary colors make different secondary colors for a color science experiment!

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