Artwork with a POP!

We have been learning about the properties of bubbles.  Spend time outside blowing bubbles and trying to catch them.  You can either do bubble wrap painting at a table inside or on the sidewalk outside.  Spread out a piece of bubble wrap on the table with different colors of washable paint.  Allow your child to use a paint brush to paint the bubble wrap.  Then place a piece of paper on top of the bubble wrap to print the picture onto the paper.

Materials:

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Paint Brush

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Talk about the difference in texture between the bubbles you are blowing outside and the bubble wrap.  What do the bubbles feel like when they pop on your hand?  How does it feel when the pop the bubbles on the bubble wrap?
  • Three-year-olds—Use different sizes of bubble wrap make different paintings.  With supervision pop the bubbles.  Compare and contrast the different sounds.  Is one bubble pop louder than the other?
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Cut the bubble wrap into different shapes and then paint the different shapes of bubble wrap.  Then you can use the shapes to stamp a picture onto a larger piece of paper.  On a warm day you could spray the bubble wrap with water and then stamp the print onto the sidewalk.  What different shapes do you see?

Skills Supported: Fine motor skills through popping the bubbles and using the paint brush. Creativity and imagination. Sensory exploration through textures.

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