Bubble wrap painting is a fun and creative way to paint. It’s an ideal sensory activity for a rainy day as your little one will love the feel of the different textures and it also a useful activity to develop colour recognition skills too. What’s best is that it can be easily adapted to suit different ages, including young babies.
Are you raring to give it a try with your child? Follow our easy step-by step guide below to help your little one make a cool and abstract piece of art.
What you will need:
*Newspapers or mat to protect surfaces
- Cut your bubbles wrap into pieces about the same size as the pieces of paper that you are using.
- Prepare your paint in pots or pallets and place your bubble wrap down with the bubbles facing up.
- Paint directly onto the bubble wrap using hands, paintbrushes, or rollers to create different patterns and shapes. You can also squirt the paint directly onto the bubble wrap too.
4. After you have filled the bubble wrap with different coloured paint, gently place your piece of paper over it.
5. Firmly press down onto the piece of paper to transfer the paint to the paper.
6. Carefully lift the paper off and leave to dry.
Alternative learning opportunities:
- Wrap and sellotape some bubble wrap around a rolling pin (the small play dough ones will work). Squirt different coloured paint on to some paper. Roll along the paper to make your own unique wrapping paper.
- Cover a table with bubble wrap and use masking tape to hold securely in place. Add paint and voila! You can use pieces of paper on top to make prints too.
- Cut different shapes out of the bubble wrap. Place the shapes in paint tray with the bubbles facing down (have different coloured paint in each tray) and press down to cover in paint. Place the shapes onto the paper and press down with fingers. Gently lift to reveal the shapes.
- Squirt some paint onto a large piece of card (we opened up an old cardboard box and covered it with bubble wrap). Fix it in place using tape. Let your child/ren walk, stomp and jump on the bubble wrap!
- For young babies, place a piece of paper down and squirt different coloured paint directly onto the paper. Tape a piece of bubble wrap to a piece of paper with the bubbles facing down and let your baby explore using their fingers or toes. Gently remove the bubble wrap and there will be their very own masterpiece to cherish! This is a safe and mess free way of painting with young babies.
Top tips – keep at wet cloth to hand for messy fingers and don’t forget to let them pop the bubbles too!