Bubblewrap shape printing activity for toddlers and preschoolers

learning with bubblewrap: shape printing


 

We love to re-use ordinary household items in our arts and
crafts
. At the weekend we purchased a new set of wine glasses. They came
wrapped in bubblewrap and were placed into a cardboard box for us to bring home
safely.  Packaging materials are great to
re-use in kids arts and crafts activities and they provided the inspiration for our
Monday making session #makeitmonday.We have used bubblewrap a couple of times before.  The first time we used it to create Jellyfish bodies and we have also used it to print legs onto our Octopus pictures.  The kids really enjoyed painting and printing
with the bubble wrap when we made our Octopus pictures, but it was quite tricky
to handle as it got very slippy and messy very quickly.  Seeing the bubble wrap together with the
cardboard from our wine glasses packaging gave me the idea of attaching the
bubble wrap to the cardboard to make it stronger and therefore much easier for the kids
to handle.
My toddler is very keen on learning shapes and colours at
the moment, so I had the idea to cut out different shapes using the bubblewrap
and then gluing these onto pieces of cardboard.
bubblewrap shape prints

 

These could then be painted and printed onto paper.  
painting bubble wrap shape stamps

 

heart shape bubblewrap stamp
I discovered that bubblewrap isn’t that easy
to cut, so make sure that this is done by an adult only with very sharp
scissors. To make this interesting for my Preschooler as well, we just used
the three primary colours, red, blue and yellow.  We then experimented in mixing these together
and we came up with green, purple, orange and brown.
We started by printing our shapes onto plain white paper,
but then my Preschooler asked if we could print some onto the rest of the
cardboard to see what that looked like.

 

We then had a hunt around to see what other things we could find to
print our shape stamps onto.  We tried
canvas, coloured paper and bubble wrap as well.
painting bubblewrap

 

The canvas worked really well and my son was most fascinated by the
bubble wrap.  I love the imagination of
my Preschooler.  He often steers our
activities in new directions. I try to encourage this as much as possible as
it’s great for his confidence and he’s brilliant at coming up new ideas which I haven’t
thought of. Never underestimate the mind of a 4 year old!
bubble wrap stamp printing

 

 

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  • Louisa June 10, 2014, 7:47 pm

    Brilliant. We've never used bubble wrap for anything other than therapeutic popping! #letkidsbekids

    • multicraftingmummy June 10, 2014, 9:20 pm

      Hope we ve inspired you to hold a few pieces back from the popping and create some art with it. (We did some popping as well!!)

  • Victoria MyLittleLBlog June 11, 2014, 10:16 am

    how interesting, never thought about it before, we always throw bubble wrap away

  • multicraftingmummy June 11, 2014, 10:21 am

    It s amazing what you can make out the things you normally throw away. We have a "making box" which i throw things like packaging, boxes, spare paper etc until we have an idea for them.

  • katy x June 11, 2014, 10:27 am

    This is a great idea!! My little girl loves bubble wrap but I have never thought to do this! x

  • Karen Bell June 11, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Great idea. We've never used bubble wrap to paint with, may have to give it a try.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

  • Karen Bell June 11, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Great idea, looks like fun.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

    • multicraftingmummy June 11, 2014, 6:53 pm

      Thanks. It was great fun. Arts and crafts don't always have to involve expensive materials…

  • Caroline Elliott June 11, 2014, 2:27 pm

    What a great idea! Looks like loads of fun and what a great way to use that old packaging! xx #mmwbh

  • Charlotte Paulsson June 11, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Such a fun idea 🙂 x Char
    (http://charlotteskitchenblog.blogspot.co.uk/)
    #mmwbh

  • multicraftingmummy June 11, 2014, 9:08 pm

    Thanks x

  • Jenna Michelle Pink June 12, 2014, 6:56 am

    Oh this looks fun :-). I am really looking forward to being able to do crafts with my baba 🙂

  • multicraftingmummy June 12, 2014, 3:31 pm

    It s never to early to start! Little ones can have fun exploring the texture of bubble wrap before they re ready to be let loose with a paintbrush!

  • Susan Blakey June 16, 2014, 7:08 am

    Love the exploring that you did with your children of the process. Great arty fun!

    • multicraftingmummy June 16, 2014, 1:25 pm

      It s great to see where my kids take me during our creative activities it s very refreshing indeed!

  • Jenny Ripatti-Taylor June 16, 2014, 7:59 am

    What a great idea! Looks like so much fun too. I always have a ton of bubble wrap in the house so this is great to use it for crafts. Looks like the kids enjoyed it too! #magicmoment

  • multicraftingmummy June 16, 2014, 1:27 pm

    Bubble wrap has so many potential uses for arts and crafts we love it!

  • pixiedusk June 16, 2014, 3:57 pm

    We are trying to get rid of boxes and inside it are lots of bubble wrap! Now I have an idea what to do with them =) #MagicMoments

  • coombemill June 17, 2014, 6:36 pm

    Brilliant idea attaching the bubblewrap to the cardboard! It's really good that your son gives you the ideas to develop the activity.

    • multicraftingmummy June 17, 2014, 7:42 pm

      Thanks. I try to encourage him as much as i can as he gets so much more out of an activity if he has been involved in the planning of it.

  • KiddyCharts June 27, 2014, 11:18 am

    I love this. Bubblewrap has always been something we just pop – now we have something else to do with it! Thanks so much for taking part in the Parenting Pin it Party this week xx

  • Katie Pinch July 30, 2014, 5:34 am

    This idea is a great way to use bubble wrap and learn about shapes. I am planning on featuring it this week at the Love to Learn Linky. I hope you will stop by this week and link up again-the party starts Thursday 🙂 Have a fun day!

  • Sue Lively July 31, 2014, 12:27 am

    Looks like you all had lots of fun – what a great idea and some fun colour learning too! Thanks for sharing at the Love to Learn Linky!

    • multicraftingmummy August 3, 2014, 10:23 am

      It s great to sneak some learning into arts and crafts as they re busy having fun and learning at the same time!

  • Steph @MisplacedBrit October 1, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Really great idea, that the stamps aren't 'solid' shapes… Seeing that a cluster of dots creates a 'shape' just as well as a solid blog – it's genius!
    …Haha! Just occurred to me, it's probably only adults that need to be reminded of that anyway… I think our kiddos see shapes, letters and objects all over the place… Miss Six used to point at tree branches and say it was the letter L or that they were rabbit ears!
    Lovely post – thanks for the idea.

  • Arma Grip January 30, 2015, 6:03 am

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    BubbleWrap is a pliable transparent plastic material commonly used for packing fragile items.

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