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Make art with bubbles

Looking for a fun outdoor activity for all ages while the weather’s still nice? Try bubble art! We did, and it was an easy, creative hit that you can do with supplies you might already have around the house.

It was so fun we brought the idea to share with the kids at the Watford Market last month and it provided lots of giggles and smiles and a way for parents and family members to really engage with their kids too.

What you need:

  • Bubble solution (You can make your own, or do what we did and buy a few big jugs a the dollar store)
    Paper or plastic cups for bubble solution
  • Bubble wands (Or make your own out of pipe cleaners! They work great!
  • Food coloring or Tempura paint
  • Paper

What to do:

Simply pour a bit of the bubble solution into the plastic cups and add drops of food coloring or paint to the bubbles until you achieve your desired color saturation. Dip your bubble wand or homemade pipe cleaner wand into the solution and blow the bubbles directly onto the paper. If it’s a little breezy, make sure to encourage your child to put his or her bubble wand close to the paper so the bubbles can form on the paper and pop, creating unique circles and splashes. Experiment with colors, splashes and different distances and let them dry in the sun!

What we learned:

  • Food coloring makes more vibrant colors than paint, but can be a bit messy and hard to get off of hands and faces (sometimes when the bubbles pop, they pop right in your face!). Tempura paint is more washable.
  • Watercolor or finger painting paper holds up a bit better to the wet bubbles than construction paper or computer paper, but any kind of paper will work.
  • The homemade pipe cleaner wands make better bubbles than some of the store bought wands.
  • Even though the food coloring and paint should be washable, make sure you’re away from things you don’t want to stain, just in case.
  • This is great for kids who don’t typically take to arts and crafts, because there are no mistakes and no real rules!
  • This would be a fun activity for a birthday our sleepover!
  • For more fun roll out a big piece of paper across a fence line or on the ground and make a big bubble canvas masterpiece.

Written by Jessie Veeder

Jessie Veeder

Jessie is a singer/songwriter/writer and statewide columnist living on her family’s ranch near Watford City with her husband and daughter. She blogs at . Reach her at (


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