Bubble Painting with A Little Gray {Fun in the Sun}

Today’s guest I also know from participating in Project Run and Play. Jessica from A Little Gray is here with a fun idea to keep your kiddos busy! She is an expert designer, seamstress, quilter and more…(and yes, she IS the one who cleaned up in the finals of Project Run and Play):)..I am so excited to have her here today. Here is Jessica:

This activity is always a hit with kids. Bubbles AND painting? What more could a mess-making kid ask for? It can be splattery, so we do it on the porch, but a covered table or kitchen floor would work too. This is not originally my idea of course, probably a preschool classic!


Gather Supplies: You need tempera paint, a cup for each color, straws, paper and dish soap. Oh, and some paper towels on hand for messes.

Mix Bubble Paint: Start out with a little water in the bottom of the cup, 1/2 inch or so. Then add a squirt of paint, and just a little soap. Mix up with a straw. Be careful not to add too much soap, or the bubbles won’t get high enough.


Blow Bubbles: Blow and blow and blow! Keep the straw completely submerged, and be careful not to suck up. You will get some cheek splatters!

When you have a nice dome of bubbles above the top of the cup, remove the straw and stick your paper right on top. Repeat until you are happy with your masterpiece!

As you can see, my buddy Ryan was partial to the red. He’s a master of monotone :) Have fun making messy art, and thanks so much for having me Kiki!

Thank YOU so much, Jessica. My kids will have a ball with this one…they love a good messy activity  (and they love paint, as well). Now run on over and check out A Little Gray and some of my favorite projects of Jessica’s:

Make a Double Potholder, Make a Simple Summer Shirt, I ADORE this sweet blanket! 

Peg Doll Self-Portraits {Fun in the Sun}

One of my favorite things to do when I was little was to come up with different self-portraits. I would paint, draw, add macaroni, yarn and glue.  They were masterpieces (to me)! As I got older, I was fascinated going through old boxes of my parents and finding some of these pictures. They were like little magical pieces that came alive after seeing them again.  It’s always fun to see how we see ourselves at different points in life.  As a fun summer project, I pulled out some blank peg dolls and let my kids go at it with paint and told them to simply paint the doll like they see themselves.

My daughter was sleeping when we did these, so I painted one for her. By adding a bead to the top and painting it, I made an instant bun. I added some cabochon flowers to her hair and an i-screw to make it into a necklace. Some cute baker’s twine in purple made the perfect necklace chain.

On another girl’s, some beads were added that gave it more of a necklace feel.

I just loved how each of them turned out so unique and had little pieces that were DEFINITELY each kid.

And I love that these can be played with and then thrown into a keepsake box where they won’t be ripped or torn as the years pass by. How fun would this be to do each year as your kid gets older..it would be a new way to show the growth of your kid each year…and by having them add things they are interested in (superman, panda bears, hairstyles, favorite colors), it is personal and fun to look back on.

Thanks for stopping by.

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