What kid (or adult too!) doesn’t love playing with and popping bubble wrap! But have you ever thought of painting with bubble wrap? Make sure to set aside your next bubble wrap packaging to create colorful abstract art inspired by famous artist, Alma Thomas! Bubble wrap painting is also an excellent and simple way to explore process art with kiddos of all ages. All you need is a bit of paint, a sheet of paper, and of course bubble wrap!
BUBBLE WRAP PAINTING FOR KIDS
BUBBLE WRAP PRINTS
A print is an impression made by any method involving transfer from one surface to another. Can you paint on bubble wrap? Yes definitely! Here we use bubble wrap, paint and art paper to make our prints. Printmaking is a great process art activity for kids. It gives them opportunity to explore different textures, colors and patterns.
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This bubble wrap art activity is inspired by the colorful abstract art of American painter, Alma Thomas. An artist who loved to smile and to paint with bright colors that made her paintings look happy and vibrant.
Bubble wrap painting is also a great way to practice fine motor skills because it requires your child to use a pincher grasp to hold the paintbrush. It also encourages movement of their hand, wrist, and arm to paint the bubbles within the image. Dipping the paintbrush into the paint also increases fine motor skills.
BUBBLE WRAP ART
YOU WILL NEED
- Bubble wrap
- Canvas or art paper
HOW TO PAINT WITH BUBBLE WRAP
STEP 1. Trim the bubble wrap to fit the canvas or paper.
STEP 2. Find the center bubble and paint that one color.
STEP 3. Paint the circle of bubbles around that first circle, a different color.
STEP 4. Repeat for each circle of bubbles until you have painted every circle.
STEP 5. Press canvas down onto bubbles and rub evenly. Then lift your canvas to reveal your bubble wrap print.
TIP: If the bubble wrap paint has dried, mist it lightly with water before making your print.
MORE FUN ART ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
- Found Object Art
- Leaf Painting
- Pinecone Painting
- Kandinsky Circles
- Splatter Painting
- Magnetic Painting