Here is a sensational activity that you can do with your children at home.
It’s Bubble Painting with a DIY Wand!!
I saw this on an episode of ‘Play School‘, which is a long running educational children’s program in Australia, and knew I had to give it a go with Possum. We had such a terrific time that I really encourage you to try it with your own children. The best news is that you’re likely to have all that you need already! Don’t you just love that. 🙂
You will need –
- Bubble mixture (or my DIY bubble mixture)
- Food colouring
- Plate for mixing
- Sticky tape to hold straws in place
- Protective clothing
Simply fasten a small number of straws together using the sticky tape. This will make your bubble wand. Then mix 1/4 cup of bubble mixture will 6-8 drops of food colouring and mix well. Dip the bubble wand into the mixture and direct the flow of bubbles to the paper.
Preparing for painting with bubbles
Possum had a great time blowing through the straw bubble blower. I made sure we had a practice beforehand at blowing out and pointing the end of the wand downwards towards the paper positioned in front of her. At 20 months she was really good at it!
Let the fun begin
Possum simply dipped one end into the coloured bubble mixture and blew bubbles so they would pop onto the paper. This would leave a wonderful impression on the paper.
Soon enough we moved onto a bubble mixture with a different colour!
I think it was also a great idea to have made a 3 or 4 bubble wands as sometimes Possum would accidentally dip the wrong end into the mixture. Having a few wands on hand kept the activity going and without much interruption.
This activity was not only fun but also very educational.
It might not look like it but when children blow bubbles they are developing skills in eye tracking and fine and gross motor skills as they pop them. It could also be said that bubble blowing builds self esteem, patience and confidence.
As you can see from the picture above, Possum had a wonderful time doing this activity. She was laughing so much because I could see she was so pleased that she could make bubbles but have the bubbles make art. Lovely experience that I hope you can share.
When have you seen your child proud of something they did themselves?
Some more fun ideas –
cool bubble wand! I bet she had a ball doing this!
Bekka Joy says
I love this!! 🙂 We’ll have to give this a try – Miss Daisy will love that super charged bubble wand! 🙂
Danya atDanyaBanya says
She looks like she is having sooo much fun!
Kate Gribble says
She really does look like she had such fun, especially her super cute smile in the last pic 🙂 We haven’t done straw painting in ages, might be time to crack out the straws again. And I love your super charged bubble wand too – my poor littles only had one straw 😉
Guess what we’ll be doing today! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
Rachel Brown says
Oh my gosh I can’t handle the cute! I’m with Kate, I only ever gave one straw – now I’ll be doing this 🙂
what kind of paint did u use?
Rez P says
On my to do list for tomorrow, this will be great out in the morning sun
Wow what a lot of fun!!! What adorable photos too
Don’t you just love it when it’s fun and they are learning so much at the same time? Miss K… (and her brothers will adore this!). Pinning. xo P
Happy Whimsical Hearts says
What a cool idea, and having lots of straws together is a lot easier that a single one! Thanks for sharing, I know my kids will enjoy this!
Elise Ellerman says
My youngest daughter has recently been given a straw for a drink of water on a few separate occasions and much to her delight she has discovered the joy of blowing bubbles. This experience would be right up her alley. I am looking forward to trying this with her. Thanks for the tip about some extra bubble wands – this will come in handy 🙂 Elise @ Creative Play Central
Jackie@My Little Bookcase says
Never thought to attach the straws together. Great idea for some Summer fun. Thanks.