Bubble Painting

Of the three, this is probably the messiest technique of bubble painting because it is all about painting using ‘foam’. Just as in the first technique, you mix tempera with some water and a drop of washing liquid, ensuring that you do not over dilute your paint. With that in mind, you are assured to get a strong print. Use different containers for different color of the paint. Dip a clean sponge in each color and squeeze it in the paint until you get the desired amount of foam. Then apply the foam onto a sheet of Perspex or toughened glass in your desired design, then place a paper on top to get a print. For a veining organic effect, pull the paper back and forth as you remove it.

8. Bubble prints

These can be created with the help of a partner and it is much fun too!

To avoid messing, cover the entire craft space with a newspaper or a cardboard. Cover the bottom of a cup with some washable paint and add liquid soap until it covers the paint. Add water and some glitter glue then stir the mixture with a straw.
Put the cup with the straw in a long and shallow container and then blow into the straw, which makes the bubbles to rise over the cup. Tap the bubbles and fill them in a pan. At this point is where your partner comes in handy. Let them tilt the cup for the bubbles to pour in all directions.
Place the cup on a paper plate and wipe your hands dry.
Hold the four edges of the paper with the help of your partner and slowly lower it onto the container with bubbles and let it pick as many bubbles as possible without it reaching the bottom.
Lift the paper off the container slowly and let the bubble painting face up then leave to dry.

Useful tips while making bubbles
1. Creating super-giant bubbles: Large bubbles are formed more easily in high humidity (about 80%) and cool temperatures of about 4.5C – 13C. Also, the bubble juice used for super bubbles needs some tuning. Make sure you have the right bubble juice for super-giant bubbles.
2. To create longer lasting bubbles, add some liquid glucoseto your regular bubble solution. This makes your solution less frothy and more slippery. Too much glucose solution, however, makes the bubbles too heavy.

Also, do not let the glucose solution dissolve completely in the soap mixture.
Add some drops of food coloring to get some colored bubbles.
Liquid glucose makes the bubbles very slippery and therefore, you should be careful on slippery floors.
To avoid messes in your house, bubble activities are best performed outdoors.
When using liquid-glucose, take care that the bubbles don’t land on fabrics as this could lead to stains.
To get bouncing bubbles, blow bubbles onto soft clothing like fleece and velvet. Bounce them and see how long the last.

To effortlessly enjoy bubbles, you can purchase a bubble maker, which blow bubbles into the air effortlessly, making the perfect site for parties.

Add some body wash or shampoo for a good smell.

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Shampoo and Glycerin

Add the gelatin to the boiled water and stir until it all dissolves. Add in the shampoo and the glycerin while stirring gently and leave to cool. In the process of cooling, your mixture will form a gel.
Use a different bowl for each paint color. Add a cup of your premade solution into each bowl followed by a teaspoonful of your tempera and stir. Let your child blow a bubble to you, a different color at a time and catch it so that the bubble pops on the paper. These popping bubbles leave a unique a beautiful pattern on the paper. Layer the colors to create even more unique patterns. To have even more fun, you can switch roles and see who is better at each role. You can also use this for  Upholstery Cleaning 

4. Create Your Own homemade Bubble Wands
For this fun activity, you will need a number of wire hangers. Stretch your hanger into circular or oval shape with the help of pliers. To prevent scrapes, cover all sharp edges with a duct tape. You can also create bigger bubbles by wrapping the wand in pipe cleaners or cotton strings. These absorb more solution and hence make bigger bubbles.For breathtaking compound bubbles, use six-pack holders to produce baskets.Another fun and easy bubble activity is by use of your fingers! Simply use your hand to make an ‘ok’ sign. Proceed to dunk the finger into the bubble solution and then blow. Easy!
5. Create Bubbles within Bubbles
It is very easy to create bubbles inside bubbles, and even more bubbles in those bubbles. Pour your bubble solution into a dish and place one straw end into the solution. Blow a bubble slowly, resting it on the solution surface. Again wet the end of the straw in the solution. Penetrate the bubble gently and blow. This will create a bubble inside a bubble. Repeat the process and see how many bubbles inside bubbles you can make.
6. The Lava Lamp Experiment
This is a fun science bubble experiment.
All that you need is:
– Water
– Clear pint glass
– Salt
– Vegetable oil
Add water to the glass up to three quarter length. Add the vegetable oil, which will float on the water. Then sprinkle salt into the glass. The bubble effect produced is breath taking. For different effects, substitute salt for sugar, flour etc.
7. Bubble painting

This is an easy and cheap method of keeping kids happy and it is fun too. There are quite a number of bubble painting techniques. Some of these include:
i) This involves mixing tempera paint with some water and a drop of washing liquid. Stir the mixture thoroughly and use a straw to blow into it. This creates millions of bubbles of varying sizes. After this, place a paper on top of the bubbles to get a print and then leave to dry. There you have it, your bubble painting! Alternatively, you could fill several pots with different color bubbles and print out on the same page of the paper, one at a time. This will create bubble circles of multiple colors.
ii) This second technique is messier compared to the first one and is therefore best done outdoors. Here, you use water color inks and mix with a drop of bubble solution. The bubbles are then blown onto a sheet of paper. The ink can potentially stain and that is why this technique is not suitable to be used indoors. Watercolor paper is more effective for this technique because it retains the bubbles’ image better compared to normal paper, which normally runs.


Dollar Solutions

cosmic bubbles

You can easily buy a bubble solution from the dollar stores or drug stores. Alternatively, you can make your own basic bubble solution using a 1:4 soap to water ratio, bearing in mind that the type of soap you use will greatly impact the type of bubbles you get. Care should be taken not to dilute the soap too much otherwise the bubbles will be too thin and will therefore not last long.
You can change the color and texture of your bubble solution by adding corn syrup, sugar or corn starch, which thicken your bubble solution leading to longer lasting bubbles. Some food coloring can also be used to change the color.
Pick a bubble wand

Bubble wands of varying sizes and shapes can be bought from the dollar store. Alternatively, you can make your own wand by bending any material that has a hole in it. You can use a straw, slotted spoon or any other material.

Some fun thing to do with bubbles include
1. For simple enjoyment
We all know that bubbles are every kids’ favorite. It is therefore a great and fun activity to do on a sunny afternoon. Use the many bubble tricks and tips to give your kids a fun filled afternoon and make sure you have your camera with you.

2. Making bubbles using paper Cone


Paper cones are best when you need to produce big bubbles. You can easily make your own paper cone by rolling a sheet of paper of your desired size and the taping the smaller end for the shape to hold. Cut the other end to make it more circular, ensuring that no points or rough edges are left. There you go! You have made your own cone. Place it in a shallow container containing bubble solution and leave it to soak for a while. Bring the cone to your mouth and blow on the shallow endusing a steady air stream to make the bubble increase in size. Once you achieve your desired bubble size, shake off the bubble by quickly flicking the cone or pinching the wide end of the cone.

art of bubbles  giant bubbles
3. Create your Bubbles

You can also have some super fun with your kid by making your own homemade bubbles. It is advisable to do this outdoor to avoid messing the house.
All you will need is
– 1 cup boiled water
– About 2 ounces glycerin
– 1 package unflavored gelatin
– 8-9 ounces Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
– Tempera paints in multiple colors
– Bubble solution
– Bowls for bubble solution
– Paper for your art

blowing bubbles

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Heart of bubbles

Bubbles give us easy and cheap ways of having fun. It especially is a growth process for kids at home or even at school. Blowing bubbles is a great source of joy to parent as well as to the children. Children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder have highly benefited from blowing bubbles in many ways:

Bubble play enables the children to participate both verbally and nonverbally hence children at any stage of development can be involved in the art of blowing bubbles.
Since many young children cannot blow bubbles on their own, they need a grown person to help them by showing them how to blow the bubbles. This gives a great bonding opportunity for children and parents therefore helping to enhance good relationship between the parents and the children.
Bubble making is afun process.
Through the process of bubble making, the child learns to smile at you, ask for bubbles by reaching out or pointing, enjoy themselves and ask you to join in the fun by gesturing

The art of bubbles also provides a platform to teach your child how to communicate. You can do this by:

1. While blowing bubbles with your child, wait for them to anticipate bubbles and before blowing some more, make eye contact.
2. You can also stimulate the child to make a bubble request by blowing bubbles, then screwing the lid. When the child unsuccessfully tries opening the lid, they will be prompted to make a request.
3. You may also teach the child signs like the sign for open, more, again, please and many more signs.
4. Instead of signs, you can also teach words like open, more, again, please and many more.
5. Use this opportunity to teach your child the art of turn taking.
6. This is also the perfect chance to train your child how to correctly position their tongue for ng, /g/ and /k/ sounds.
7. This also strengthens your child’s abdominal muscles leading to sustained speech.
8. Above all, take advantage of bubble making to help your child to have fun.
There are a million ways of making bubbles at home. Some of these include:

Method one

1 Cup water 1 Tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Mix the water and dishwashing liquid in a cup and stir thoroughly to mix. Dip a bubble wand and start enjoying the bubbles you just created.
Method two
4 cups warm water
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid 1/2 cup sugar Method
Add your sugar to the warm water and stir until it dissolves fully. The sugar adds stickiness to the bubbles making them last longer. Add the dishwashing liquid, mix and store in an airtight container.
Method three
Ingredients 1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon glycerin 2 tablespoons laundry detergent
Add all the ingredient together, stir and put in an airtight container. Gently stir all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

Before making your own bubbles, follow the following steps

Decide the bubble solution to use.