Bubble Wrap Dance Painting

While perusing Pinterest, I saw this idea for bubble wrap stomp painting. I thought it was a brilliant idea, and decided to give it a go when the kids were over for our art play date.

bubble wrapped foot

When the bubble wrap came out, Little O put it on the floor and started stomping on it immediately, so I thought this activity would be a hit! Then we wrapped all of their little feet in bubble wrap. We added dollops of paint to the rolled out sheets of paper, and let them go for it. They really were unsure of what to do. I was quite surprised that they were so hesitant about stomping around on the paint with their little bubble-wrapped feet.

bubbles and bubble wrap

In order to encourage them, we turned up some music and started dancing. This got them moving around more and more. Then we added real bubbles to the mix and tried to get them moving even more. All of my pictures show them standing around flat-footed, but I promise they were moving! I’m sure this will be a fun activity to introduce again. It has great gross-motor and sensory elements, and appeals to lots of ages.

Bubble Wrap Prints

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.

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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.

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ImageAfter 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:

  1. tempera paint in several colors
  2. bubble wrap
  3. medium weight paper (I used drawing paper)
  4. paintbrushes

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!