Outdoor art projects are our favourite to do during the summer months and if they are messy then it’s a great idea to do them outside. This fun bubble print activity can get messy but the kids love it and it’s easy and quick to set up. Kids from preschool up will enjoy creating their own colourful pictures so here you go a quick and easy summer art project for your kids to do this year.

Summer Art Fun - making bubble prints in the garden

Summer Art

We always find our summer art is a little bit more messy and therefore according to our kids more fun because we can wash down and clear up quickly and easily outside.

creating pictures with ice paints outside in the summer sunshine
drawing a sunflower on the pavement with homemade sidewalk chalk paint

From making ice paints to sidewalk chalk and this fun bubble print activity there are lots of summer activities for art that you and the kids can do over and over again.

What you need to make Bubble Prints

  • Bowl or dish
  • Washing up Liquid (Dish Soap)
  • Food Colouring/liquid water colours
  • Straw
  • Water
  • Paper
materials for creating bubble pictures

How to Make Bubble Print Pictures

child making bubbles in a bowl with food colouring and water
  1. PutĀ about 1/2 cup of washing up liquid (dish soap) into the bowl and add some water to make a shallow mix of water and washing up liquid.
  2. Mix together to form a layer of bubbles.
  3. Add a few drops of food colouring (or liquid watercolours) to the bubbles.
  4. Then using the straw blow.
  5. When the bubbles are near the surface gently place the paper on the top of the bubbles to capture them as they pop.
preschool outside blowing through a straw into a bowl to create some bubbles to make a summer art project

Our daughter loved blowing through the straw and making the bubbles as big as possible in the bowl.

placing the paper ontop of the bubbles to capture the artwork

We did the activity outside she seemed to be aiming for how many bubbles she could blow over the top of the bowl and they went everywhere.

peeling the paper off the bubbles to reveal the artwork

Using food colouring like this produces a very weak bubble print but the fun is making the bubbles and trying to capture the prints before the bubbles disappear.

collage of bubble prints being made in the garden

More Summer Fun for Kids

Why not check out these other summer fun activities for you and the kids to do this year

Simple classic summer craft for kids to do - making tin can lanterns. Perfect for camping or outdoor parties.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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