Hello Autumn Bubble Painting for Kids

Celebrate the arrival of Autumn with this fun Bubble Painting Activity for kids.
Autumn Bubble Painting for Kids
Autumn in our favourite season. I love all of the changing colours and the freshness in the air after the summer. And the kids love getting back to school after the long summer break (or is that me as well?).
It’s also a great season for kid’s arts and crafts. We couldn’t wait to get started on some autumn tree paintings. Our first activity used one of our favourite ways to paint. Bubble Painting.

Bubble Painting Autumn Trees

Before starting this activity I spent a good few minutes explaining the importance of blowing into the straw and not sucking up the liquid!

I was a bit worried about my 2 year old sucking up the paint during this activity, so we did do this whilst she was having a snooze. Even my 4 year old took a bit of persuasion; he was a bit worried about swallowing the mixture up. We had a practise run though using just water to ensure he had the right technique and once we had done this ok he was happy to carry on with activity, phew!

We have enjoyed bubble painting again since and this time it erupted into something very unexpected (it got very messy!)

The boys sketched out tree trunks using brown crayons whilst I mixed up the paint.

autumn trees bubble painting

I mixed together in separate pots red, yellow and orange paint along with a splash of water and a squidge of washing up liquid. I added a straw into each pot and then set the boys on blowing bubbles to use to paint their autumn tree pictures.

autumn trees bubble painting

Extending the activity

The boys really enjoyed making these pictures and after completing their trees they wanted to carry on blowing bubbles to create even more pictures. Not one to stand in the way of their fun, so we set to work.

My 4 year old son asked me to help him make a ladybird using the red paint and my 6 year old son asked for help to make a butterfly picture. We drew out the outline shapes and the boys blew up some bubbles to fill in the colours.

We then made hedgehogs, owls and an erupting volcano!

For more autumn inspired fun check out our Owl Leaf Art and Owl Shape Collage.autumn trees bubble painting

Follow our Autumn Arts and Crafts Ideas board over on Pinterest.

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25 comments… add one
  • The Train Driver's Wife August 29, 2014, 8:41 pm

    This looks like so much fun Nicola! I remember doing this as a child. Ah the nostalgia!

    • Nicola Simpson August 29, 2014, 9:41 pm

      I love reinventing the classics with my own kids and seeing what new ideas they can bring to them.

  • Kim Carberry August 30, 2014, 12:07 pm

    What a lot of fun!! I haven't done bubble painting with mine for years!

  • Dave H August 30, 2014, 2:03 pm

    Great idea and looks a lot of fun! Love the ladybird 🙂 #WeekendBlogHop

  • pixiedusk August 31, 2014, 7:42 am

    Endless fun when there are colors and bubbles =) #pocolo

    • Nicola Simpson August 31, 2014, 6:54 pm

      There are so many possiblities for this activity just by changing the colours and templates.

  • Tina August 31, 2014, 11:56 pm

    What a great use for bubbles!

  • Danya Banya September 2, 2014, 6:53 am

    Fun! I love that the kids had their own ideas too, as they explored this new technique. Very cool. 🙂

  • Karen Bell September 2, 2014, 2:33 pm

    What good fun and I love autumn craft. The pictures look great.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  • Louisa September 2, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I love this. We tried blowing paint through straws at the weekend but I didn't dilute it and it was hard work! This is a great alternative!

  • spiritedpuddlejumper.com September 2, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Really like this and am going to try- Freddie does bubble painting at preschool, but we've yet to try it at home, def one for the list! #letkidsbekids

  • Claire Toplis September 3, 2014, 6:47 pm

    Fabulous great idea for reception

  • Sarah H September 3, 2014, 8:12 pm

    I remember doing bubble painting at school, I got sent to the headmistress for drinking it but it was an accident, I sucked the straw when I took a breath, I'll never forget standing outside that office! #letkidsbekids (sarah from lovinglifewithlittleones)

  • Deborah Patrick September 9, 2014, 6:44 pm

    This looks like fun and do you know its something I NEVER did as a child, nor have my children! So I think needs to happen as I reckon they'd really enjoy it. Thanks for linking up with #MMWBH xx


  • Preschoolnprojects September 10, 2014, 3:32 am

    Found you by t=Tuesday tots. What a fun idea. Shaving cream I have done but this is new and easy t set up.

  • Kym Thorpe September 26, 2014, 3:12 am

    What a neat idea! I bet the kids love it. Thanks for linking up to the Virtual Fridge!

  • Nicola Simpson September 29, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Thanks for all of your lovely comments. We had great fun with this activity. It's so versatile as well so you can change it to suit your own kids favourite topics.

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