Today was one of those relaxed, gorgeous days that you feel like doing not a lot of anything, but get bored doing nothing at all, so find yourself looking for something fun to fill the time. I had bubble printing on my to-do list for a while and today was the perfect day for it. The sun was shining, perhaps the last of our sunny days for a while as Autumn takes hold, and this creative play is best suited to outside, unless you like worrying about mess!
You will need:
- 1 large jug
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup dish washing liquid
- 3 bowls
- 3 different food colourings
- 3 straws
- white paper
- paper towel (optional)
To make bubble prints:
- Fill the jug with the water and dishwashing liquid and stir gently with one of the straws to combine.
- Pour a good squirt of food colouring into each bowl then top up with the soap mixture. Put a straw in each bowl.
- Invite children to blow bubbles into the soap mixture and watch as bubble grow in the bowl.
- Before the bubbles disappear gently press the paper on top of the bubbles and hold until the bubbles have popped (a couple of seconds).
- Lift the paper to reveal your bubble print! Keep making more prints to create your own art work, or just for the fun of it.
Tips for successful bubble printing:
- Gather all your bits and pieces and set up the activity before eager kids join in.
- Use a safety pin or needle to poke a hole through each straw. This will help avoid children slurping the soap liquid up the straw and into their mouths.
- Place paper towel under the bowls to help soak up any spills as they happen.
- The more food colouring you add, the more intense your colours will be.
- Wear old clothes! Food colouring stains.
Have you ever tried bubble printing?