Bubble painting actually has a history. My brother and sister probably still remember to this day. As I have mentioned many times, one of the reasons I am so stuck on doing everything with my kids is because my mother was never involved in anything while I was growing up. I couldn't do any activities and my mother didn't attend anything at school growing up.
Except bubble painting...
I think it was third grade when I wrote a book for Young Author's Week, complete with illustrations. I believe it was about a blob with a bug in it's tummy. I SO wish I still had it; it was really cute.
Anyway, every kid that published a book for Young Author's Week got to take part in activities on the following Saturday related to reading. It included a balloon launch back when they were socially acceptable.
And the strange thing...somehow my mom actually VOLUNTEERED. I still don't know how it happened. So my mom was assigned to bubble painting. She used little tiny cups and those tiny milk straws from the school cafeteria. Basically, what we all remember is a big huge mess, but I kept the construction paper from the final product for a super long time.
So, when I saw this in our concoction book, I figured we HAD to try it.
After I went to three stores (didn't make it to the craft store), I gave up trying to find powder tempera and decided to use food dye instead. A word to the wise...when you do this, MAKE THE TRIP TO THE CRAFT STORE to get powder tempera.
So, how do you bubble paint, you may ask.
Once again, remove shirts.
Pour liquid detergent into a bunch of coffee cups and add a different color of dye (or paint) to each one.
Use a LONG straw and blow bubbles until they reach over the top of the cup.
Then, take paper and set it on top of the bubbles.
Then we show off our projects
After ours dried, I cut them out into heart shapes for a Father's Day present for Sunday. They actually turned out a lot prettier after they dried.
Let me know if you try it or have other suggestions for a way to use bubble painting. I saw in the Family Fun magazine yesterday that if you put dye right into a bubble solution from the store and blow it onto paper it makes a similar type of art. I think we'll try that another day.