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How to Create Super Fun Bubble Prints for Kids

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Bubble printing is awesome on its own, but bubble snakes take this fun action art activity to a whole new level! The prints are intricate & colorful.

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Updated May 2021

Have you ever made bubble prints?

Whether your answer is yes or no, you’re in for a treat.

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Bubble printing is a pretty awesome action art activity on its own but we’ve combined it with super fun bubble snakes and it takes it to a whole different level of fun!

If you want to do traditional bubble printing, there are instructions in The Artful Parent. 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. We’re going to share with you how to make colorful bubble snakes with materials you already have around the house. Then we’ll show you how to use those bubble snakes to make amazing bubble prints!

Bubble Prints for Kids

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  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.

    adding coloring to bubble wand

  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!

    dipping bubble snake wand into solution

  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.

    blowing bubble snakes

  4. Blow bubble snakes

    Blow through the small hole of your bubble snake maker (the mouth of the water bottle) 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!

    bubble snake prints

  5. Make bubble prints

    To do bubble printing with your bubble snakes, simply lay them down on the poster board.

    bubble snake prints on paper

    Continue blowing bubble snakes and make as many bubble snake prints as you want!

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 most kids we know prefer to blow theirs off!

Aren’t the bubble prints amazing?! We LOVED doing this and were so impressed by how well it worked.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Lady Lilith
    July 12, 2017 at 12:03 am

    This looks like such a great idea for summer. We have tons of bubbles just sitting around.

  • Reply
    Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon
    July 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    WOW! Awesome FUN! Thanks for the great ideas, Jean!
    :)
    Ruth

  • Reply
    Danya
    July 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    What do you do with the paper then?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      July 26, 2019 at 6:58 am

      Anything! You can display it as with any other artwork. Or you can use it as a special collage paper. Or use it as a drawing prompt.

  • Reply
    Denise M Youngman
    July 20, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Does the food coloring come out of the cement when you do these bubble activites outside? My husband is very picky about the clean cement driveway

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