Bubble Prints (Grades K-5)

With only a few ingredients you probably already have, you and your child can make dreamy bubble prints.

Two children sitting in front of colorful water and holding artwork

See this activity in action here: Mrs. R’s Art Room 

What You Need

  • Paint or food coloring
  • Dish soap
  • White paper, card stock or index cards
  • Plastic straws
  • Small containers, one for each color of paint (make sure they can hold at least ½ cup of water)
  • Water

What To Do

  1. Squeeze one teaspoon of one color of paint or 6-7 drops of food coloring into a container; repeat with the rest of your paint colors and containers.
  2. Add one teaspoon of dish soap to each container.
  3. Add ½ cup of water to each container, making sure there are a couple of inches of room for making bubbles.
  4. Stick one straw into each container and blow some bubbles! Try to blow near the base of the container so that you can really mix the water, paint and soap together.
  5. Stop blowing once the bubbles reach the top of the container.
  6. Lightly press the paper on top of the container, making a bubble print. Keep blowing bubbles and pressing, creating lots and lots of bubble-filled circles.

A girl blows colorful bubbles into a cup

A girl presses a piece of paper onto colorful bubbles