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