Preschoolers find bubble wrap irresistible – so bubble wrap painting is even more fun! This process art project is painting, a lesson in printmaking, and a sensory experience all in one project. Even cleanup is a breeze!
Materials Needed for Bubble Wrap Painting
Sometimes, the most engaging projects are the simplest ones! For bubble wrap painting, gather up the following materials:
- bubble wrap (Recycled is best, but it can also be obtained in stores, moving companies, and even online!)
- paint – acrylic works best, but tempera is fine too
- paintbrushes of any type
- water (for rinsing brushes)
- sturdy white paper
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Step One: Painting on the Bubble Wrap
Before the students begin, secure the bubble wrap (bubble side up!) to the table with some tape. It does slide around very easily otherwise! Each student selects a piece of bubble wrap and paints on it. In this case, more paint is better, so encourage them to use a good, thick layer of paint for the best results.
Step Two: Making a Bubble Wrap Print
After a student has completed their painting, instruct them to take a piece of paper and press it firmly on the painted bubble wrap. Students should “give the paper a little massage” and rub their hands over the entire surface of the paper to ensure the paint transfers completely.
The Big Reveal
Finally, students peel the paper off the bubble wrap to reveal gorgeous artwork on their paper! If there is still a good coating of paint on the bubble wrap, they can make a second print from the same painting. Students can reapply paint over their original work to make another copy or “erase” it by wiping it clean with a damp paper towel.
When the students are finished creating their masterpieces, cleanup couldn’t be easier. Simply rinse the brushes and palettes, and dispose of the rest!
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Fun Variations include:
- Put your paint in squeeze bottles and spread the paint around with a brush or roller.
- Tape bubble wrap to rolling pins for an alternative way of printing.
- Use metallic paint on black paper or kraft paper.
- Find unusual shaped bubble wrap and experiment.
- Older kids might paint patterns and print them onto paper.
- Cut the bubble wrap into fun shapes or letters.
- Substitute fabric paint and print onto white t-shirts.