Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Play Time! Bubble Painting

Excuse the crummy iPhone shots!

Isy and I spent a good hour playing with this one afternoon, which is quite good considering her concentration span doesn't often stretch longer than an episode of Charlie and Lola (ie 10 minutes). It's super easy to set up, really genuinely fun to do (for both parents and kids) and messy/creative/fast/satisfying enough to entice pretty much everyone.

Just a note, you probably want this to be an outside craft session as it can get a little messy. And maybe some old clothes. Because when I say "a little messy" I mean, "the potential is there for this to get crazy messy."

You'll need:

dishwashing liquid (I just used the trusty castile soap)
liquid food colouring
plastic cups
bubble wand

Just pour a little bit of soap into each of your plastic cups and add a few drops of food colouring to each cup. It would be fun to mix the colours up and come up with some really pretty options, but we just went with the stock-standard colours that the colouring came in - red, yellow, green, blue. Mix with a stirrer and you're ready to go.

Dip your wand into the bubbles and blow towards the paper. I really loved the delicate patterns you can create, as well as the unpredictability of it. Isla on the other hand loved mixing the different coloured bubble mixtures together, Mad Professor style.

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