Watch Your Tempera


We’ve been on an impressive “clean house” streak lately, so today I was motivated to pull out our kid concoctions book. I have most of what we need for experiments in one bag.
 There is clear dish soap, shaving cream, sponges, drink mix, food coloring, balloons, starch, gelatin and corn starch. I keep all the paints in another container.

Today’s project was bubble painting. We mixed water, clear dish soap and three colors of tempera paint in three bowls.

Then, we placed a straw in each bowl for blowing bubbles. I figured the boys would love this since they get such a kick out of blowing milk bubbles.

The idea was to blow a mound of bubbles and then place a sheet of paper over top to get a painting in the shape of the bubble popping. I had some technical challenges, though, either from a bad mix ratio, too-big bowls, or something, because the bubbles did not stay well-mounded, and blowing into the paint easily sent spatters where I did not want them to go.

We tried laying the paper over the bowl and then blowing, which worked if we didn’t blow too hard. Otherwise, it looked more like a spatter painting.


Ian is trying his first attempt at bubble painting. Isaac did not want to try it, out of fear he would have a random spasm and accidentally drink the paint instead of blowing into it. I was afraid Elijah actually would drink it, but he got the message.







The first Orange one turned out best, but as Ian pointed out, it looks a little gory












This one was a fun combination of bubbles and spatters


















Elijah quickly got the hang of it
















A close-up of the bubble paint
















The excitement of bubble painting was short lived, so then we started experimenting with our left-over paint. We took turns standing on a chair and spooning paint onto some paper on the ground.
















Fun, colorful splats



















Elijah's turn

We also experimented with gravity a little bit.







































Then we tried a “fold and dip” method.


























A similar pattern on the back with Blue. Could be quite cool with a more interesting fold.

















We tried a number of painting methods, but the truth is, their reaction to it was, “That’s cool! Now can you build us a Hotwheels track?” Sometimes the effort and the mess pays off with a big hit, and other times, I essentially create little more than a monstrous mess for myself to clean up while they go dump a toy bin somewhere else. I’m going on faith that somewhere in all that, they are learning something worth knowing.

One Comment Add yours

  1. hi-d says:

    Oh you are so brave! And such a great mom! They will have great memories from this… trust me. And all the little projects that you do with them will accumulate in their minds as “mom always took the time for us”. So hang in there and keep it up!! ((HUG))


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