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Bubble Painting

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Bubble painting is fun and produces interesting results! Try it with your preschooler.


  • Newspaper
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Shallow dish
  • Tempera paint
  • Straw
  • Construction paper or other paper


  1. Cover your child's work surface with newspaper.
  2. Pour a quarter cup liquid dishwashing detergent into a shallow dish. If you use powdered tempera paint, mix a small amount of water with the paint.
  3. Add the paint mixture or liquid tempera to the dishwashing liquid until the color is intense.
  4. Place one end of a straw into the mixture, and blow until the bubbles are almost billowing over the edge of the dish.
  5. Gently place a piece of construction paper or other paper on top of the bubbles and hold it in place until several bubbles have popped.
  6. Continue this process with different colors, blowing more bubbles as needed.
  7. To make a unique greeting card, use a piece of construction paper folded in half.
  8. When dry, your child can add drawings to the picture and sign her name.