I love to take my art outside. Bubble painting is a super easy activity with plenty of wow factor for kids of all ages.
The basic recipe is a combination of equal parts dish soap and tempera paint (aka poster paint) with a little bit of water. Feel free to Google around if you want more precise directions-I’m definitely not the inventor of this craft. As long as you use some cheap dish soap (Joy, Ajax), it will work great. I had some natural stuff on hand, and it didn’t work nearly as well (you might remember from my homemade bubble solution post that the same principle applies there).
Have your child blow gently into the mixture. When the bubbles reach the edge of the container gently press a piece of paper to them. You’ll get a super cool, marble effect as the bubbles leave their impressions.
Now, Henry had absolutely no trouble with this. Ironically, my eight year old was the one who sucked up a mouthful of paint. If yours make the same mistake-well, it’s only likely to happen once-and it shouldn’t do more than make their mouths taste yucky.
This is a messy activity, so if you can’t go outside, prepare your area and put everyone in painting clothes. We’ve always used old dress shirts.