2 1/2 years old

Bubble Wrap Fish Thank You Cards


We absolutely love bubble wrap and spend a lot of time popping those bubbles whenever some comes with a delivery.  But it is also a really fun material to create with, which is just what we did when we made these cards.  We needed to make a big batch of thank you cards after Ethan's birthday, and what could be more fun than painting and stamping out fish!

What you'll need:

  • bubble wrap
  • paint (we used blue, green and white)
  • paint brushes
  • blank cards

This is such a fun and easy way to make lots of cards without it feeling like a big chore for the kids.  We started by cutting the bubble wrap into fish shapes, this is great for working on scissor skills as it's a different material that they're working with and it really builds their hand strength.

Next we mixed up the paint, a great opportunity to talk about what happens when you mix different colours of paint together and how to achieve different shades.  We wanted a few different blues for our fish, so I put blue paint into three sections of our paint palatte and asked what I could add to two of them to make them different shades.  Ethan decided that adding white would make a light blue colour, but neither of them were sure about the green.  So today we learned that blue and green make turquoise.

Now for the fun part, I let the children freely paint the bubble wrap fish in the different shades of blue.  There was no set way that they had to be done, they were just able to discover the texture of painting onto bubble wrap and experiment with the different shades of blue in designing their fish.

Once they had covered the fish I would pass them a blank card and they would stamp their fish onto it to make a fish pattern.  The best part is that the bubble wrap can be used again and again, so they just kept painting and printing over and over.  

The cards look fantastic when they're finished and Ethan can't wait to give them to all of the lovely friends and family who gave him birthday presents.

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This post is part of a process art blog hop, check out all of these other great ideas using bubble wrap!

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Bubble Wrap Fish Thank You Cards from Play & Learn Every Day 
Bubble wrap autumn tree craft by Messy Little Monster 
Bubble Wrap Lichtenstein Art from Teach Beside Me 
Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes by Mum in the Mad House 
Sensory Stomp Painting with Bubble Wrap by Views From a Step Stool 

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