With our recent purchase of bubble wrap for our bubble wrap mosaics (which I wrote about here), we have been experimenting with different bubble wrap art experiences. The most recent and very much a favourite with my children has been filling the bubbles with paint and then popping them to create a painting.

Bubble wrap paint popping art

The first part of the process involved cutting small slits on the back of the bubble wrap (the flat side) over the bubbles. My older children were then able to carefully place a dropper or syringe (we ran out of droppers so had to rely on some unused medicine syringes) into the small incision and fill the bubbles with paint.  This exercise was a great fine motor skill work out.

Picture 84 filling bubble wrap with paint

Miss Three required some assistance with this.

Picture 98 Filling bubble wrap with paint

Picture 118 filling bubble wrap with paint

Once the bubbles were filled it was time to start popping. We placed the bubble wrap between two sheets of paper.

 Be sure to hold the paper together as we discovered some paint filled bubbles can project paint far and wide.

Picture 184 popping paint in bubble wrap

Picture 189 popping paint filled bubble wrap

Once you are satisfied all the bubbles have been popped it is time for the big reveal – remove the paper placed over the bubbles to reveal your colourful bubble wrap painting. My children really enjoyed looking at the way the colours had dispersed and were suggesting different things they thought their paintings looked like.

Picture 155 paint filled bubble wrap

Some of our  paint filled bubble wrap paintings:

One of Miss Seven’s creations. Miss Seven said that this reminded her of “a dragon on a green cloud”.

Picture 210 bubble wrap painting

Master Five created this piece and when he turned it upside down he thought this painting resembled a spider.

Picture 218 paint filled bubble wrap painting

Miss Three’s bubble wrap painting and Miss Three said, “that’s a butterfly!”

Picture 206 paint filled bubble wrap painting

Miss Seven and Master Five created this together. At first they recognised a face and then Miss Seven suggested it was two sea horses kissing which caused hysterical laughter.

Picture 200 paint filled bubble wrap painting

We would love to hear your thoughts  about what you see in these creations.