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Bubble Painting

Bubble Painting | Mama Papa BubbaYesterday Miss G and I finally got around to something that’s been on my mental activity list forever now… Bubble painting!  Now if you cruise Pinterest, you’ll see that bubble painting is all over the internet and everyone seems to do it a little bit differently.  Variations include all different sorts of bubble solutions, wands, and methods, so we just made up our own.  

IMG 0602Since we’re staying with Brad’s parents until our big move and Grandma Charlotte seems to be stockpiling bubble solution for an upcoming bubble solution drought (Hi Charlotte! ☺), we used store-bought bubbles to make our bubble paint.  We simply divided a small bottle between 4 mason jars, then added some food colouring.  We went for liquid food colouring this time around and added between 8 and 10 drops to each jar in hopes of some fairly vibrant colours.  Then we chopped the bendy part off of 4 straws, and popped one into each jar to use as bubble blowers.

IMG 0603To set the station up, I taped a large piece of paper onto a chunk of cardboard and set it out on the back deck.  Of course you could set this up on a table or easel, but I liked the fact that Gracen could get up above her canvas and blow the bubbles directly down towards the paper.  Same goes for our straw bubble blowers…  You could easily use traditional bubble wands, but I felt that the straws helped guide the bubbles in the right direction.  As for the outside part, since food colouring does stain and the Okanagan has been absolutely gorgeous, it was just the best option.

IMG 0606Gracen began blowing bubbles and we anxiously awaited for them to hit the paper.  As soon as they landed, the paper below the bubble immediately flooded with colour.  Some bubbles popped right away, and some stuck around for a while.

IMG 0676We worked on our painting for a little while yesterday, then tucked it away to come back to today.  As you can see, Miss G thought it was just as neat on day two.

IMG 0671It also seemed like our bubble paints had evaporated a bit in the Okanagan sun, leaving our colours even more vibrant than before.

IMG 0848Here’s a look at some of our finished artwork… Pretty, right?

IMG 0841And how cool is this bubble up close?!  You can just see the ‘POP’ right in the print.

I love activities like this one… It’s simple, requires materials we always have in the house, and is really fun. Bubble painting is definitely being added to our list of summer favourites. 

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Paper Roll Shape Stamps

Paper Roll Shape Stamps | Mama Papa BubbaEvery once and a while, I seem to go through a paper roll collecting stage.  I have no idea why, because I truly never have anything planned for them, but it happens none the less.  When I noticed a little collection of them today during nap time, I decided we’d put them to use this afternoon.

IMG 8316Though we really haven’t done a whole lot of paper tube crafts, I remembered how much Miss G enjoyed the heart stamping activity we did last fall.  Not wanting to do the exact same thing again, I decided to create several different shapes to switch things up a little bit.  To start off, I gently cut the tubes in half.

IMG 8320Next, came shaping them.  The good news is that it wasn’t difficult.  For the triangle,  square, and rectangle, I basically made the required number of corners by folding the tubes, then played with the shapes a little bit until I was happy with them.  You can see exactly how to form the heart shape here, and the circle, well, you just leave it as is {obviously}.

IMG 8324At this point, Gracen was still asleep and I just couldn’t wait test them out.  So I didn’t. ☺

IMG 8328When my little lady woke up, she quickly discovered the stamping station I’d set out for her, and she was thrilled.

IMG 8330She stamped away testing out each shape thoroughly…   

IMG 8338Her personal favourite?  My impromptu bow tie stamp dipped in purple paint (of course).  

Depending on the paper used for this project, your little one(s) could create a new piece of art for the wall, a piece of wrap for a gift, or a greeting card for someone special.

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Foamy Bathtub Paint

Foamy Bathtub PaintI’ve had this very easy bath activity on my list of to dos for a long while now, but I just never seem to come across shaving foam that doesn’t smell like a bottle of men’s cologne (is it just me or does putting your little lady to bed reeking like a can of Barbesol feel weird?)

IMG 5602But on our latest trip to the States, I came across this one… A shaving cream that smells like raspberries.  While I’d prefer it to be all-natural and unscented if possible, beggars can’t be choosers, so I picked up a couple of bottles.  

Tonight before bath time I gathered the shaving foam, some food colouring, a muffin tin, and a few paintbrushes.

IMG 5603To make the foamy paint I squeezed a few drops of food colouring into each muffin cup, filled them up with cream, and stirred them up using the paintbrushes.  In hindsight, I should have put the cream in first and the food colouring on top as it would probably have been easier to mix, but it still turned out just fine.

IMG 5607In addition to making the paints, I squeezed a couple of drops of pink food colouring into the bath water…  Miss G thought it was all pretty special.

IMG 5609The first order of duty was smelling them…

IMG 5621And then she dove right in.  She did use the brushes too, but squishing the foam through her little fingers was too much fun not to try.

IMG 5615After all of the paints had been used up and the bath water was a deep shade of purple, we used our removable shower head to simply rinse the foam down the drain.  While the clean up was very easy, the more vibrant colours did tint our white grout in a couple of places, so that’s something to be aware of.  At the same time, we’ve stained our grout {a little bit} before and it’s just faded with time and eventually disappeared, so I’m not too worried about it.  Especially because it’s all in the name of fun, right?

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Homemade Finger Paint

IMG 5482In preparation for Little G’s Valentine’s Day tea, this morning we experimented with making our own finger paint.  I found the recipe on Pinterest a long while back, and knew it would come in handy one day soon.

IMG 5485Gracen carefully added all of our ingredients into a large measuring cup first…

IMG 5486And then enthusiastically mixed it up!

IMG 5492Then we warmed the mixture on the stove…

IMG 5496Separated it into small bowls, added a few drops of food colouring, and stirred it well.  It looks pretty, right?

We’ll have to use the paint a little more (right now we’ve just got in zip-close bags for mess-free painting), but I’m not sure that I’m sold on this recipe.  Although it’s very quick and easy to make, uses ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen, and has a great texture while warm, ours turned out like Jello when cooled.  It did soften up again when stirred well, but I think next time we’ll try cutting down the amount of corn starch a little.  The other important thing that the recipe doesn’t mention is that the mixture needs to be stirred constantly while heating.  We didn’t do that the first time around and ended up with a clumpy, bumpy mess!  We’ll have to see what it looks like when we actually put it on paper…

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