Egg carton challenge: painting bubbles

It is another challenge sponsored by Tinkerlab and today’s challenge was to make something from an egg carton…


Our class has been exploring the Earth and how to care for our earth as part of our Earth Day activities. To integrate the challenge into our Earth Day activities, I had the children use the egg cartons as a paint pallet…

Part of our discussion has been on how to take care of our oceans and lakes and ponds. Tomorrow, I will share with you a wonderful game we played that went along with this activity I am sharing today…

In our discussions on the earth’s natural sources of water, we learned that we need to do our part to keep the water clean so that fish can live in clean water. We extended our discussion by painting bubbles on our fish with the egg cartons…

We had two shades of blue paint out for the children to use. The children painted the bottoms of each paint cup with the different shades of blue paint then flipped the cartons over to make bubbles on their paper fish…

Some of the children chose to paint the bottom of their egg cartons by making a pattern of dark blue and light blue paint across the egg cups.  Others just chose to add paint in a random order. The interesting thing about this process is that it slows the children down as they paint to think about which color they want to use for each egg carton cup…

As with many things that we do, the children asked if they could do this again only using lots of different colors. I think that would be a lovely idea so perhaps next week, I will just set out some plain paper and egg cartons and lots of colors of paint to see what the children come up with…

I hope I have managed to keep up with the others for the Egg Carton challenge with this idea – it did make for an interesting process!

To see what other’s did for the egg carton challenge, just click here and you can see the entire linky! (Sorry but I had to move the Linky from this post so it wouldn’t slow down my entire blog)….

Click Here to view the Egg Carton Linky!

Other participating bloggers…

Tinkerlab : Glittering Muffins : Inspiration Laboratories : Kitchen Counter Chronicles : Living At The Whiteheads Zoo : Make, Do & Friend : Mama Mia’s heart2heart : Messy Kids : NurtureStore : PlayDrMom : Rainy Day Mum : Red Ted Art : Sun Hats & Wellie Boots : Teach Preschool : The Chocolate Muffin Tree  : The Educators’ Spin On It  : The Golden Gleam : The Imagination Tree : Toddler Approved : Reading Confetti : Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers : The Outlaw Mom Blog : HappyLittleMesses : RainbowsWithinReach : Mommy Labs : Child Central Station : Green Owl Art
Reusecrafts : Experimenting-Mom : Duck Duck Octopus : PaintCutPaste : Train Up a Child : Growing A Jeweled Rose  : Coffee Cups and Crayons : Ready. Set. Read! : Scribble Doodle and Draw : Carrots Are Orange : JDaniel4’s Mom : Quirky Momma

By |2012-04-09T07:00:17+00:00April 9th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. judith April 9, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Where are the how to links to all these crafts?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 9, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

      The linky code was modified so it disappeared for a few minutes. I have it updated now:)

  2. judith April 9, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply


  3. Judy Lyon April 9, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    If you cut these in half, the kids could work on making patterns. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Yes – the most certainly could!!

  4. Miss Courtney April 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I keep saving the egg cartons and we’ve used them for a couple of things, play dough egg carton and paint holder. Thank you for all the ideas.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      There are so many ideas! I am going to have to start saving more egg cartons in order to do some of these.

  5. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam April 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    What creative idea to use the egg cartons to make a bubble pattern on fish. The pattern makes it look like fish scales too!

    Thank you for stopping by to visit our egg carton math!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by here to Rebekah:)

  6. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum April 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    These are so pretty I love the scale effect like Rebekah says. I wonder whether our cardboard boxes would print very well?!?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      I would think they would print just as well – perhaps even better but would have to try them to see.

  7. Bubble printing is so fun! I love, love that you are teaching your students about the importance of the oceans and other waters.

  8. Vicky April 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    What a super and simple idea. Why didn’t I think of that? I love the possibilities for the painted egg cartons. Just pinned this!

  9. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog April 10, 2012 at 2:30 am - Reply

    I can just imagine how fun this activity is and the glee on the kids faces at getting to stamp with the egg cartons…we are totally trying this out!

  10. JDaniel4's Mom April 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    I love your bubble painting project! What wonderful way to paint with an egg carton.

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