Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

Today, we are going to share a fun activity you can do with your child any time of year. This comes from one of our favorite storytime themes: bubbles.

Bubbles are a great activity for any time of year. There are so many different kinds of bubbles available, too. You can find colored bubbles, bubbles that won’t pop, bubbles that are big, bubbles that are small, bubble machines that do all the work, etc. You can blow bubbles in the summer and watch them fly away. You can blow bubbles in the winter and watch what happens when they float through the cold air. You can read about bubbles, and then you can paint with bubbles–or a type of bubble.

Pairing a book with an extension activity is important because it helps make the book more memorable. It helps make the book come to life. Here are a few books we love about bubbles…

  • Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop! by Mark Weakland
  • Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt
  • Troubles with Bubbles by Frank B. Edwards
  • Pop! A Book about Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Bubbles Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock
  • Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy

After you read the story or learn more about bubbles, you can do many activities including painting with bubbles, blowing bubbles, and making your own bubbles.

Painting with bubbles:

Credit: Family Fun Magazine

Credit: Family Fun Magazine

Add food coloring to a soapy mixture in a bowl, place a piece of paper on top of the bowl, and then blow through a straw into the liquid to make as many bubbles as you can. Remind younger children not to suck on the straw–only to blow. When you lift the paper, you will have a beautiful picture.

Credit: Family Fun Magazine

Credit: Family Fun Magazine

Add a little powdered paint or food coloring to your bubble mixture and blow bubbles on a large piece of paper.

paint 3Brush paint on to a small section of bubble wrap. Press a sheet of paper onto the bubble wrap. Let your child press hard to pop the bubbles. Lift the paper to reveal a new work of art!

photo56Wrap your child’s feet in bubble wrap. Paint the bubble wrap and let your child stomp around on a large sheet of paper.

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