The other day a former colleague of mine came over with her adorable little girl and she and Little O had a good time painting. I thought it would be fun for them to paint on bubble wrap.
Notice how I said I thought it would be fun for them to paint on bubble wrap? Little O was way more enthralled with making marks on the paint tray with his foam brush and q-tip, and Little M loved the water…she just wanted to stir and dip her brush over and over.
After a little encouragement and participation from the moms, we were able to get enough paint on the bubble wrap to pull a print. I think they turned out pretty well–the prints would make fun wrapping paper!
If you want to try this activity you will need:
- tempera paint in several colors
- bubble wrap
- medium weight paper (I used drawing paper)
Just tape a piece of bubble wrap down to the table and let the kids go crazy! I didn’t do this, but next time I think I might put some white paper down underneath the bubble wrap in order to make the paint a little more visible when it is applied to the wrap. (I have a plywood table topper and thought the paint was a bit hard to see. Perhaps that is why they were more interested in the paint trays and water?) When the kids are done, take a sheet of paper, press and smooth it over the top of the wrap, and carefully peel it back to reveal the print.
Have fun and happy printing!