B is for bbbbbb bubble!

Bubble wrap printing is an old idea that just never gets old no matter how many times you try it…

Before diving into our bubble wrap painting, we spent a few minutes exploring the letter Bb in circletime. While exploring the upper case and lower case letter Bb, we made the sound “Bbbbbbbbbbb”…

And then I passed out a small square of bubble wrap to each child and we all sat and popped our bubbles right there on the floor…

During our centers, one table was all set up with liquid tempera paint, paint brushes, and bubble wrap for the children to explore the bubble wrap printing process…

There are lots of ways to explore bubble wrap painting or printing but for today, the children started by painting a sheet of bubble wrap with the colors of paint in any way they liked…

Once the children had painted the bubble wrap, they placed a sheet of white paper on top of the bubble wrap and rubbed the back of the paper all over with their hands…

Then it was time to lift the paper up and see the bubble print!…

The children were quite surprised at the beautiful prints that were made on their paper. The paint looked completely different on the paper then it did on the bubble wrap…

This was a process that the children could continue by adding more paint to the bubble wrap then pressing their paper down again to add more prints…

Bbbbbb beautiful!

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Links to Grow On…

Making Bubble Prints in Preschool by Teach Preschool

Roller Pin Painting by Teach Preschool

Bubble Wrap Prints from Casa Maria’s Creative Learning Zone

 Bubble Wrap Honeycomb Art from Crafty Crafted


By |2012-09-29T06:00:23+00:00September 29th, 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. Barbaral September 30, 2012 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Great idea….now I need to search out some free bubble wrap!
    Deborah, I am wondering what curriculum you follow. Is it one that you have developed yourself or one that has evolved over the years?
    Thanks so much for ALL of your great ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 30, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      I do not follow a specific curriculum – I suppose I would define my curriculum as both evolving from experience and motivated by current interests. Most of what I do is planned week by week (and sometimes day by day). I tend to pull ideas from all my years of experience teaching and writing curriculum for others and then make decisions based on the environment I have to work with now, the student’s interest and development, and what I feel will be most engaging to the children.

  2. Mary October 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Great Letter B activity, and a great way to remember Letter B. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah!

    I absolutely love this idea! I’ve used it for two years now and the children never grow tired of it! This week, we painted with bubble wrap using fall colors. I teach in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania so our weather is starting to become chilly and very cold on some days. The leaves are really changing! So, to explore that, we used fall colors of tempera paint and the paint was refrigerated to allow the children to actually feel the fall chill! 🙂 I saved their paintings and tomorrow they will use them in the art center to create fall leaves for our classroom tree which covers a wall in our science center. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 3, 2012 at 4:50 am - Reply

      It will make a beautiful display of leaves for your classroom Jennifer! I agree, bubble wrap painting is a classic idea and I use it every year too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Oh, and I LOVE how you make the paint cold! What an amazing idea!

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