Bubble printing is awesome on it’s own, but bubble snakes take this fun action art activity to a whole new level! The prints are intricate & colorful.
Have you tried bubble printing yet? Either yourself or with your kids?
Whether your answer is yes or no, you’re in for a treat.
Bubble printing is a pretty awesome action art activity on it’s own but we combined it with super fun bubble snakes the other day, and, oh my, it’s a whole nother ball game.
If you want to do traditional bubble printing, I have the instructions in my first book, The Artful Parent, on pages 210-211. And there are a multitude of good blog posts out there, such as this one by Alisa Burke on making bubble paper.
If you want to take your bubble printing to a whole new level, and have a super fun outdoor art activity while you’re at it, then keep reading. I’m going to tell you how to make colorful bubble snakes with materials you have around the house and then show you how to make amazing bubble prints with them.
Let’s get started!
Bubble Printing with Bubble Snakes
- Plastic water bottle (from the recycle bin)
- Old sock or some cheesecloth
- Rubber band
- Food coloring
- Liquid dish soap (or bubble solution)
- Poster board or other large paper
Step #1. Create your bubble snake maker
First, cut the plastic water bottle in half using a utility knife. This part is definitely an adult’s job.
Now, cut the top half of the sock off and pull the toe end over the cut end of the water bottle. Secure with a rubber band if necessary.
We liked using white socks because we could see our food coloring colors well, but any color would work.
Step #2. Add food coloring
Dab two or more colors of food coloring onto the sock-covered end of the water bottle.
We mostly used gel food coloring, which created especially intense colors in the prints. But regular food coloring works, too!
Step #3. Dip into bubble solution
Mix liquid dish soap and water in a bowl or use bubble solution.
Dip the sock-covered end of your bubble snake maker into the solution.
Step #4. Blow bubble snakes
Blow through the small hole of your bubble snake maker and watch the mass of tiny, colorful bubbles form at the other end.
Continue to blow and your mass of bubbles turns into a longer and longer bubble snake!
Step #5. Make bubble prints
To do bubble printing with your bubble snakes, simply lay them down on the poster board.
Continue blowing bubble snakes and doing your bubble printing.
To try different color palettes, you may want to use a different sock or have more than one bubble snake maker.
You can scrape off the bubbles to reveal your bubble prints, but Maia liked to blow hers off.
Aren’t the bubble prints amazing?! We LOVED doing this and were so impressed by how well it worked.
P.S. Here are 21 more Outdoor Art Ideas for Kids in case you’re looking for additional fun, possibly messy or action-oriented art activities.
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