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Bubble Wrap Printing and Painting


Bubble Wrap Printing and Painting with Kids

This post contains affiliate links. We did some bubble wrap printing and painting last week, which was a wonderful sensory experience for the kids and lots of fun.

We were supposed to do this with the toddler art group, but the entire group was out sick and I already had the studio set up, so I invited my friend Marin to come over instead with her son and another little girl.

Bubble Wrap Printing with Kids


  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Finger paint
  • Paper




The kids each explored the bubble wrap first, which I had taped to the studio table, then they dabbed the finger paints on to the bubble wrap.

We used the Colorations brand finger paint this time, rather than homemade, and I really liked the consistency and color.

Fingerpainting on Bubble Wrap

Pretty soon the older two were using their whole hands to rub the fingerpaint around.

They really got into it!

Daphne did some fingerpainting too, but not nearly as enthusiastically.

Printing with Bubble Wrap

We helped the kids take prints of their paint-covered bubble wrap, both on regular paper and on hearts cut out of coffee filters (just because I had them).

Bubble wrap printing is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and never tried except for this version.

Printing with Bubble Wrap

I loved the idea of using it to get the tentative toddlers exploring the fingerpaints with their hands (Thanks, Julie!)—bubble wrap is just too exciting not to touch!

Next time I want to try this with the kind that has big bubbles!

Have you tried bubble wrap printing? I highly recommend it!

Pint It for Later ::

Bubble Wrap Printing and Painting with Kids

  • butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams
    February 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

    bubble wrap is so much fun you can do so much with it! :)

  • Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket
    February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I’m glad I read your post before attempting this. Printing with bubble wrap has been on my to-do list for a while. I was figuring we’d paint the bubble wrap and then press it onto the paper, I think your method is a lot smarter and less messy!

  • Lacey
    February 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    and so much less annoying than just listening to them pop all day long! such a neat texture–I can see how we’d start finding other things to print with.

  • rebecca
    February 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    love this!!!

  • Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    February 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm


  • Bubbles and Mud Puddles
    February 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    What a great way to change up the tactile experience. I wonder why finger painting on sand paper would yield..Hmmmm…. Now I am going to be coming up with new and different ideas for finger paint canvases all week! Will had to try some too!!

  • rae
    February 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    bubble wrap printing! fun!
    i have just posted my ode to you. xoxo

  • Kate
    February 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I really like this idea. I think this is going to be our afternoon activity. I seem to hoard bubble wrap (and toilet rolls – they are so useful:) ).
    We did bubble wrap painting a while back using a rolling pin. Just tape the bubble wrap to the rolling pin and off you go. Lots of fun for a little 20month old boy.

  • Jus
    February 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

    We love bubble wrap printing too! So much so that sometimes I do it for my scrapbook layouts too!
    And just wanted to say thank you for that great article you shared for V day crafts. My son and I tried the saltdough hearts, and had loads of fun! (You can view them at https://makingmum.blogspot.com/2011/02/monday-made-love-is.html) We added food colouring to make them pink! :)

  • Kate
    February 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Jean,
    We did this today and it was SO great! I really had no idea how much my little man would LOVE this experience. He got so very messy and paint went everywhere! What fun. Pop on over and have a look if you like :)
    Thanks again.

  • Jeleryl Comisky
    November 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    This looks fun! I want to join them! The kids are just having fun with the bubble wraps. It protects the fragile stuff and helps the kids be creative! :-)

  • erinbartlett
    August 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

    WOW! i never thought of bubble wrap printing. wish i had while i was still in primary, sion would have loved it