Spring and Summer are simply an invitation for daily outside play. Why not incorporate the joy of blowing bubbles with the creativity of painting. Adding a little color to your Little Pnuts bubbles takes bubble blowing to a whole new level of fun!
What You Will Need
- Pre-Made Bubble Solution or Homemade (recipe below)
- A low rimmed dish to hold the bubble solution
- Tempera Paint (liquid not powder) or Food Coloring
- Various sized Bubble Wands or make their own from pipe cleaners, cookie cutters, paper clips, etc.
- Sheets of Water Color Paper, Paper Towels or Regular Paper
- An easel if you have one
Homemade Bubble Solution Recipe
- 1/2 cup dishwashing detergent (JOY works best)
- 4-1/2 cups water
- 4 tablespoons glycerin (available in most pharmacies)
Have your Little Pnut help in mixing together all the ingredients in a bowl, stirring slowly and gently, once mixed thoroughly allow the mixture to stand. The longer you allow the solution to stand the bigger the bubbles and the longer they seem to last.
Creating the Bubble Paint
Whether using the homemade recipe or store-bought bubbles, divide the solution into a variety of containers, one for each color you plan on making. Have your Little Pnuts add a few drops of paint or food coloring to each container creating the color of their choosing. As they are creating the colors, have them name the colors and tell you whether they are using a primary color or if they are creating a secondary color by mixing two primaries together. This allows them to really think about why and what they are making while learning how to formulate the idea prior to creating.
Creating the Wands
If not using pre-made wands have your Little Pnuts scavenger through the house in search of objects they can use as wands – paperclips, pipe-cleaners, cookie cutters, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, straws and twigs would work. Simply have your Little Pnut bend and manipulate the objects to form a continuous shape. Testing out different materials and shapes allows your Little Pnut to really think practically and logically. While they are figuring out their shapes, discuss with them their methodology and reasoning, this expands cognitive development. We recommend using one wand per color of bubble solution so as not to mix the colors.
Painting with Bubbles
Time to paint. Simply dip wands into the colored solutions and have your Little Pnuts blow while aiming at the paper. The object is to have the bubble land and pop on the paper leaving behind a colored imprint. Get creative by letting them blow multiple bubbles at a time, or have your Little Pnuts attempt a strategy at creating an image by aiming one single bubble at a time to create a predetermined pattern. Regardless of which variation your Little Pnut chooses, this activity is sure to provide hours of fun.
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:
Gross Motor Skill Development, Fine Motor Skill Development, Cognitive Development, Focus and Concentration, Strategic Thinking, Creative Thinking, Imaginative Play.
—Melissa Pia Bossola Beese, Mother of 2, founder of Little Pnuts