Bubbly Prints

Bubbly Prints lesson plan

  • 1.

    Prior to engaging in this activity, students practice measuring quarts and tablespoon amounts.

  • 2.

    Ask students what they already know about bubbles. How are they made? What do bubbles do when you make them? How do floating bubbles make you feel?

  • 3.

    Before beginning this activity, be certain children know how to blow out to create bubbles and will not suck in the liquid.

  • 4.

    On a day when the weather is favorable, students put on Crayola Art Smocks and walk outdoors with their plastic containers for bubbles and instruments to use as bubble wands. (If the weather is not favorable, students can cover the floor with a shower curtain liner and place recycled newspaper on top of the liner. This will protect the floor.)

  • 5.

    Using a quart pitcher, students measure warm water and pour it into a tub. For every quart of water, students add 8 tablespoons of clear liquid dish soap and 6 tablespoons of glycerin (found in drug stores).

  • 6.

    Students blow bubbles through straws or paper towel tubes. Shape chenille sticks into bubble-blowing wands.

  • 7.

    To make Bubbly Prints, add Crayola Washable Kid's Paint to the water. Stir well. Students blow bubbles onto white construction paper. As the bubbles pop, they leave circles of color.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
  • MATH: Describe and compare measurable attributes.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Have students work in small groups to experiment with blowing bubbles. As a team member blows bubbles through the wand, other members provide descriptive terms that come to mind. A supervising adult can write the terms on a sheet of paper and encourage students to share these same terms when they return to the classroom and have the opportunity to share their experience. Write student descriptive words on a classroom white board or piece of easel paper. Display the list in an easily accessible place in the classroom.
  • Students compose a short story about their Bubbly Prints. Ask an available adult to document student ideas. Display prints and writing in the classroom.