Children love playing with bubbles. Whether it be trying to blow them out of the bubble wand or squealing with glee as they chase after them, bubble making and popping is hard to resist. Did you know you could paint with bubbles too? Some caregivers do this by offering their children a straw to blow bubbles on to their paper. As you’ll see, we did things a little differently at art in the park!
What do you need to get started?
- Dish soap
- Tempera paint
- Table spoon
- Approximately 1/2 cup of water per each bubble color
- Tupperware containers
- Thick paper for watercolor or finger painting
- Set out paper and have your child find a seat by a blank sheet.
- You will need equal amounts of dish soap and tempera paint. In the tupperware container pour and combine approximately 2 tablespoons of each (I chose to eyeball the measurements).
- Next, pour in the water, a little bit at a time; you may not need the whole 1/2 cup. Try 1/4 cup at first and swish it around. Did it create enough bubbles or do you need more water?
- Now show the children that it’s okay to get messy! Swish the mixture around to stir it up. The more vigorously you stir, the more bubbles you will create.
- Using your hand, scoop the bubbles off the top of the water and drop them on to your child’s paper. Stir the mixture some more to create additional paint bubbles.
- Now it’s time for painting with bubbles; pop them on your paper!
We had eight children attend this particular art in the park, and they loved painting with bubbles! The adults worked together to make this activity a success; for instance, another nanny offered to help me drop bubbles on the children’s paper. She chose to keep her work clothes clean by using a stick to stir the bubble mixture. I loved hearing the children ask for “More blue please.” We had blue, green, and red to give the children options and be able to mix colors on their paper if they wished. Unfortunately, we ran out of the blue halfway through; my nanny child was particularly intrigued by the blue mixture and dumped it all over himself. After my nanny child got a case of the bubble paint “blues,” the nannies and moms looked at me with uncertainty waiting for a reaction. I responded to my nanny child with a chuckle and told him, “Oh wow, it looks like Miss Kelsey will be doing laundry this afternoon.” I later pointed out the blue all over him as he smiled. Art in the park is outside for a reason, after all. Exploring art, even when messy, is a great way to learn through play! The children stayed engaged in our activity for about 25 minutes and then were off to the playground to get their extra energy out before lunchtime.
Kelsey Plimpton is currently a nanny in Boston and has been nannying for five years. She started as a part-time nanny while earning her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Kelsey has worked with ages 2 months to 15 years in both nannying and babysitting positions, since the age of 13. While working with children she follows their interests to help create activities targeting developmental goals. She blogs with SitterCycle.com and is the Early Childhood Coordinator.