Such a fun, messy play activity for kids of all ages. It is messy so have old cloths on hand to mop up and have your child wear old clothes or a paint smock. For some very enthusiastic kids, bubbles that are blown very hard tend to pop near their eyes/face so get them to blow gently! Alternatively, you could have them wear swimming goggles to keep the bubbles out of their eyes.


  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Washable paint
  • Water
  • Heavy construction paper
  • Straws
  • Medium bowl


  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 part water to 2 parts paint and 2 parts dishwashing liquid. Mix really well.
  2. Blow through the straw into the paint mixture to create "soap bubbles". Get the bubbles to bubble up over the lip of the bowl.
  3. Place a piece of paper over the bubbles to catch their pattern on the paper. Use heavier paper so that the soap bubbles don't wrinkle or disintegrate the paper.

    Repeat again and again and again.


Get your child to practice blowing out of the straw before putting it in the paint mixture. Kids automatically suck up with a straw (even the older ones!)

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    • 11 Jun 2016
      1:21 pm

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  • You can then use the paper to wrap gifts!


  • I’ve tried this before and then used the paper when dry for thank you paper.


  • Which child doesn’t like messy play ;) Instead of paint you could use food colouring as well !


  • This is great fun!


  • I can’t wait to try this on the next sunny day we have. Not game enough to try it inside but definitely looks like lots of fun


  • Luckily there is warmer weather coming, as this would be great for an outdoor activity.


  • A great idea to do with my son! Im sure he will love to do this! Anything thats messy he likes lol


  • Love this idea. brings back memories doing this myself as a kid. Cant wait to try this with my son.


  • Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun. Messy, but creative and so much fun


  • This sounds fun! I’ll give this ago on a non preschool day with my kids!

    • Kids had fun!! Our results, great idea that gets the kids involved in blowing the bubbles!


  • Oh this sounds fun. I don’t trust my 2 with the straw yet though, I guarantee they will drink it by accident.


  • Yes, you can also swap out the paint for food colouring and then theres no issue if the kids accidently suck

    • Yes, what a great idea and then it doesn’t matter!


  • Probably not of all ages, my 2 year old would drink it

    • You could change the paint to food colouring and it still works


  • This is such a great and fun craft activity, thanks!.


  • So much fun to have doing this!


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