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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

B is for Blue Bubble Art

We made blue bubble art pictures for letter B week and I have to start this post with a warning that this is a very, very messy project. At least it was when we did it. (You can see the paint splatters all over the table.) We used straws to blow bubbles into a solution and then pressed paper on the top to capture the bubble pattern. 

You can't see the picture as well in the small size, so click on it to see how they turned out. 

 Here's What You Need:
  • Newspaper or plastic garbage bags to cover your work surface
  • Baking dishes like a pie tin or a shallow casserole dish (I tried to use a cookie sheet, but it was too shallow, so I don't suggest it)
  • White paper
  • Plastic straws
  • Bubble solution (store bought or homemade)
  • Paint
Here's What You Do:
  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper or plastic. 
  2. Mix 1/2 c paint into 1 c bubble solution and pour it into your dish.
  3. Submerge your straw into the solution and blow bubbles until they are towering above the rim of the dish. (For younger kids, you can poke a small hole halfway up the straw with a pin to prevent accidental swallowing.)
  4. Gently press your paper onto the bubbles and then lift it up to see your pattern. If needed, repeat with the same paper until the paper is covered to your liking. 
  5. If you want, you can try it with different colors on the same paper. 

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