Friday, October 5, 2012

Art with Aria: Bubble-wrap Prints

If you've never heard of Mary Ann Kohl, you should google her.  She is the go-to person for art process experiences for toddlers and preschoolers.  An award winning author of more than 20 art books for children, her motto is "It's the process, not the product." Her activities for children focus on the experience of art rather than the finished product.

We own several of her books, Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids, Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World, Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children, and First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos. I really want to pick up the Science Arts: Discovering Science through Art Experiences and Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff.

Whenever I'm stuck on an art idea and Lil Miss Aria is chanting, "Art Project," I grab one of the books I have and we browse them together.  Today's post is going to highlight a very simple project that I have wanted to do with Aria for some time but that we never seem to get around to actually doing.

Bubble-wrap Printing
This is a great project for the little ones.  For one, you probably have all the supplies you need around the home.  Gather up some paper, acrylic or finger paint, and bubble-wrap.

If you don't have bubble-wrap, you can pick some up from the grocery store.  However, I really recommend that you keep the packing supplies you get from mail order items.  You don't have to keep it all, but packing supplies are easily recycled into art supplies.  Imagine the cities and boats and houses you can make from the boxes...and yes...even those silly packing peanuts can be a great item to have on hand.  Aria likes to glue them onto paper or just crumble them up into tiny little pieces. Yes, my house is a mess most days.  Ahem...I digress.  All you need is some paper, acrylic or finger paint, and bubble-wrap.

Aria requested all the colors of the rainbow, but we were missing purple and orange.  This provided us with a wonderful opportunity to talk about how certain colors mixed together make other colors.  Red + Blue became Purple and Yellow + Red became Orange.

Place the paints and the bubble-wrap within easy reach of your child.  Aria decided to take a minimalist approach and used her fingers to place neat little dots of color on her bubble-wrap.

I swear she was having more fun than the above picture betrays.  She was just very serious about getting those splotches of paint just right.  ;)

She really enjoyed the texture of the paint on her fingers as it started to dry.  And yes, if you look closely in the background you likely see what looks like a wall of artwork.  Most of our walls are plastered with Aria's artwork.

Once your child is done painting the bubble-wrap, simply place a piece of paper on top of it and press firmly.

When you pull the sheet of paper off the bubble-wrap, you should be left with a lovely bubble-wrap print.  See.  Simple.  And the added bonus is popping the bubble-wrap when you're done.  :D

A few updates before I leave you to make your own bubble-wrap prints:
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