Soap Bubble Prints

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Soap Bubble Prints
Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler

Normally, blowing bubbles with a drinking straw is
taboo for kids. Not this time! In fact, that's half the thrill of making these marbleized prints.

What you'll need

  • Store-bought or homemade bubble solution (see Step 2 for homemade recipe)
  • Copier paper or light-colored construction paper
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Newspaper or plastic tablecloth
  • Several shallow disposable containers, such as aluminum pie tins

How to make it

  1. Cover your work surface with a thick layer of newspaper or a plastic tablecloth.

  2. Gather several shallow disposable containers, such as aluminum pie tins. In each, blend 1 cup of store-bought or homemade bubble solution with 1/2 cup of tempera paint. (To make your own bubble solution, mix 3 cups of water, 1 cup of dish soap, and 1/4 cup of corn syrup.)

  3. Set out your paper (try copier paper or light-colored construction paper) and several plastic drinking straws. For younger children, pierce a small hole halfway up the straw with a pin; this will help prevent accidental swallowing of the paint but won't interfere with the bubble-blowing process.

  4. Soap Bubble Prints - Step 4

    Now for the fun. With one end of the straw submerged in the bubble solution, the kids blow until bubbles mound up in the container. The best time to take a print is just as the bubbles begin to overflow.

  5. Soap Bubble Prints - Step 5

    Gently touch the paper to the bubbles and then lift to see your print, repeating until the paper is sufficiently covered. Blow more bubbles as needed. For a different effect, try printing one color over another.

  6. Soap Bubble Prints - Step 6

    Blow more bubbles as needed. For a different effect, try printing one color over another.

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