“Rainbow: A First Book of Pride” Bubbles & Bubble Wrap Art

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A Joyful Book & Bubbles & Bubble Wrap Art!

After reading Michael Genhart’s “Rainbow: A First Book of Pride” we decided to create some Bubble art using both colorful bubbles & bubble wrap! We’ve done both techniques before but not both at the same time! I’m excited to walk you through how we made this fun Bubble art, so let’s get started…

Summary of “Rainbow: A First Book of Pride”

“Rainbow: A First Book of Pride” written by Michael Gelhart and illustrated by Anne Passchier is a joyful book celebrating the rainbow flag and the meaning of each color. Each spread features simple text and inclusive illustrations of many different types of families. This is a beautiful book and a great introduction to celebrating LGBTQIA+ love & rainbows!

How We Made Bubbles & Bubble Wrap Art…

close up of bubble sword wand and paper with bubble art

We tend to keep the activities as simple as possible around here. We’re not interested in complicated or costly. We are also all about fostering independence. For this activity we started with our colored bubbles. Making colored bubbles is super simple, you mix regular bubbles with food coloring.

close up of bubble on paper with bubble art

We’ve done this a lot, sometimes we use a muffin tin to divide the colors, other times we’ve used bowls. But this time was even easier than that with NO DISHES to clean afterwards! How?! I added the food coloring right into the bubble “sword”. I’m sure their not actually called that, but if you click on the link you’ll see what I mean. Every year at my daughters birthday party the kids pretend they’re swords lol.

Now that you have your colored bubbles, just blow the bubbles onto the paper! We found blowing slowly helped catch the bubble on paper and if you leave the bubble to pop on its own (I know that’s sooooo hard to do, lol) it will make a really cool print.

Bubble Wrap Too?

bubble art print with heart shaped rainbow painted bubble wrap

Blowing bubbles & bubble wrap are two really fun ways to create art so to celebrate the joyfulness of this book we decided to use both. The bubbles made a beautiful backdrop for our bubble wrap painting. We decided to use tempera paint but keep in mind you could use the colored bubbles on the bubble wrap to make the prints instead.

I chose to cut the bubble wrap into the shape of a heart and created prints using both the heart and the outline of the cut heart. My daughter decided to use the heart too, then painted the entire sheet of bubble wrap blue over it. The options are limitless. Remember its all about the process and trying whatever comes to mind.

Wait?!? Am I Supposed To Be Making One Too?

I highly recommend getting hands on and doing art projects with your child. If you’d rather not, thats okay too, but please do not correct anything they do. If you want the art to look a certain way – make your own.

bubble art print with heart shaped bubble wrap print

Especially if your child is little, its okay if it doesn’t turn out the way you imagined. Maybe its what they imagined. Also, its a process. They are learning. They will learn more through trial and error than if you correct them or do it for them. All they will learn if you “help” is that they didn’t do a good enough job on their own or they can’t do it; not exactly the message you want to give your kid. Am I right?!?

bubbles and bubble wrap art

Believe me, I know it can be really challenging to let them make “mistakes”. Try doing the project along side them. It will allow you to focus on your own work, give them appropriate modeling of how to use the materials, and show them that you like art too! A lot of what I talk about in “What about the Sensory Mess?” applies to Art projects as well, you might wanna check it out! I love how each art has its own identity. I would suggest Bubbles & Bubble Wrap Art if you’re looking for a happy and fun art activity to connect with your child.

Materials We Used

  1. “Rainbow: A First Book of Pride” book (from the library or buy it here)
  2. Cardstock paper
  3. Paint
  4. Bubble wrap
  5. Bubble sword
  6. Food coloring
  7. Scissors
  8. Paintbrush
  9. Tray (optional)
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How to Make Bubbles & Bubble Wrap Art?

  1. Lay the white cardstock paper on the tray.
  2. Blow colored bubbles onto cardstock paper until you reach the desired look you want.
  3. You can choose to cut bubble wrap into a heart or any other shape or leave it like a sheet.
  4. Paint a rainbow or any other design you wish onto the bubble wrap using a paintbrush (or your hands 😉 )
  5. Turn the bubble wrap over onto the cardstock paper to make the bubble print.
  6. Pat the bubble wrap all over; then lift!
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