For today, we decided to try something different than usual (for us!) and use bubble wrap for painting! We created bubble wrap Easter egg paintings! With upcoming Easter, this is such an easy painting idea both my 3-year-old toddler and my 7-year-old enjoyed!
Materials to make Easter egg painting
You will need to prepare following items:
- bubble wrap (from recycle bin)
- styrofoam tray (from recycle bin)
- poster paint or tempera paint (find here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom)
- paint brush (we love these: United States | Canada | United Kingdom)
Preparing bubble wrap Easter egg printing plate
Start by cutting bubble wrap in egg shape. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I just folded bubble wrap in half and cut to get symmetric sides. You can use marker to draw an egg shape before cutting, this will leave more space to avoid mistakes.
Next, you will need to glue bubble wrap egg you have cut on something sturdy – we used styrofoam plate cut from a takeaway container. If you don’t have something like that, use whatever you can find in your recycle bin – piece of cardboard or cereal box. It’s important that a piece is larger than bubble wrap egg so it fits completely and egg doesn’t go over cardboard edges.
Cutting egg from bubble wrap and gluing it on a plate are things you will have to do in advance for your toddler or preschooler.
How to make Easter egg print painting with bubble wrap?
Once you are done with preparing bubble wrap egg printing plate, bring out the paints and brushes. Let the child decide which color they would like to use for their Easter egg painting.
I have made a first print showing my daughters what they should do with the printing plate with bubble wrap, but they got it pretty fast and were very excited to give it a go! I gave each of them their own printing plate to color and make prints. My toddler girl was all about browns and greens and shows more interest in painting bubble wrap then making prints. She just loved painting over an uneven surface.
On other hand, 7-year-old decided to paint her Easter egg in rainbow colors and she was very careful how she spread colors over the plate in right order. As you can see from the picture, paint doesn’t cover all of the bubbles but it really doesn’t matter because it will still make awesome print once it is transferred on the paper.
The first picture on the top of the post was finished up by my older daughter who decided to add little chick, ribbon over Easter egg and background around it all. And here is how rainbow egg print with bubble wrap turned out:
We used a plastic tray to contain the mess while kids were painting and printing. Simply place everything they will need on a try: white paper sheet, bubble wrap egg plate, paint and brushes.
Pair Easter Egg painting with a Book!
We always pair different activities we do at home with reading. It’s an easy way to expand toddler’s vocabulary and bring forth love for reading from an early age. Simply read a book and after a short discussion, invite them to make an activity you prepared for them.
In this sturdy novelty board book, we crack the case of the missing golden egg. Where did it go? Did someone take it? In the end, readers will find out what happened to this very special egg. Keep an eye on all of the furry, fuzzy animals on the farm! Find the book The Easter Egg Is Missing! by Houghton Mifflin Harcourthere: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
Join a family of bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. There are ten eggs to find and count–but watch out for the obstacles along the way . . . Lambs, chicks, bees, and ducks await, and there’s even a wolfish surprise, so be careful! Find the book We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
The cute basket-shape format, engrossing counting game, and colorful artwork all add up to a sweet alternative gift for toddlers at Easter. They can carry it round, read the story, and enjoy the color-themed game of seek-and-find, spotting all the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden on his rounds. A great book for learning about color, counting, and matching through play. Find the book Carry-along Tab Book: My Easter Basket by Roger Priddy here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
Today’s post is part of 60 Day Junk Play Challenge and we had as material prompt today BUBBLE WRAP.And you have to stop by MultiCraftingMum! They made cutest little turtoise using bubble wrap!To read more about Junk Play Challenge and get involved upcycling your trash for play, stop by our 60 Day Junk Play Challenge page.
Ideas for fun Easter activities to try with toddlers
Here are few additional ideas you can invite your toddlers to enjoy around Easter:
- make Easter egg clay and paper collage – great activity for fine motor practice
- prepare few Easter busy bags for independent play time
- make Spring blossom with egg cartons remaining after coloring Easter eggs