Printing with bubble mitts

I just love bubble wrap painting or printing. The texture and the designs that can be explored and created by using this material is wonderful. As part of our study on bubbles, we did a little printing with our homemade bubble mitts…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

We made our bubble mitts by folding over a rectangular length of bubble wrap and stapling the edges together – leaving an opening on one end of the mitt for a hand to fit through…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

At the table, the children found the bubble mitts, paint, paintbrushes, and paper…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

The children placed a bubble mitt over their hand, then used the other hand to paint over the mitt with any color or combination of colors they wished…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

All I had on hand was bubble wrap with large bubbles but this worked really well for the bubble mitts because the children could easily paint each bubble a different color or paint the entire bubble mitt all one color…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

Once the children painted the bubbles on their bubble mitts, they flipped the mitt over and pressed it down on paper to make a print then continued to add more paint and make more prints as desired….

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

Some of the children made a few prints and moved on to something else. Other children stayed and tried different types of painting with the bubble mitts. This child made bubble prints, then went back over with the mitts and rubbed the entire paper, then made prints again on top….

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

Every painting was uniquely designed by each child. From color choices to the way the children chose to use the bubble mitts for printing or painting…

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By the way, we made enough mitts for each child to have their own plus a few extra. After the mitts were used, they were tossed out…

Printing with Bubble Mitts by Teach Preschool

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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. Sam @ Thrive 360 Living June 15, 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

    What an awesome idea. And I love that they are called bubble mitts. It’s interesting to see how different each child used the mitts. Can’t wait to try this with my son!

  2. Looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to do this with my own son! Shared it on my FB page for my followers as well!!!

  3. Donna July 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Love this idea! I’ve been doing all sorts of things with bubble wrap for years, but never thought of this variation. Can’t wait to try it. I’m the owner of The Messy Artist and this type of open ended project is right up our alley!

  4. kewkew July 17, 2013 at 10:07 am - Reply

    love this idea. I’m sure my girls will love it.

  5. Julie S September 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    GREAT idea!

  6. Cindy B September 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Always did this with the bubble wrap wrapped around different shape blocks. Love the mitt idea! Used small bubbled bubble wrap and the kids loved it! Made beautiful rainbows when you slide it across the paper. Thanks for the new twist!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad you tried it and enjoyed it! I need to give the small bubbles a try too!

  7. Process art with print making April 21, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    […] Bubble wrap printing is another classic preschool activity and in this one, it is used as a homemade painting mitt. Kids can paint the bubbles different colours or all one colour and then use the mitt for printing or painting, making each artwork unique – from Teach preschool. […]

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