Painting with bubble wrap was one of Jack’s (3.5yrs) first sensory painting experiences. He loved it then and he still loves it now. Sometimes I like to add some paper for printing but most of the time he simply enjoys running his fingers over the bubbles and through the paint.
We are loving this gorgeous Spring weather, we’ve all but moved outside. I moved the art table outside and set up this simple activity for the kids. Actually the art table has been outside all week. It’s been great, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it earlier. Jack and Sarah (18mths) can explore for as long as they want and I don’t have to worry too much about the mess. I think I may just leave the table out there.
I love having the mirror there though. Even though we use mirrors a lot, they still seem to intrigue Jack. He watches himself paint, watches his hands move back and forth. It’s just as fascinating for me to watch him; the look on his face as he tries to direct his hands by watching his reflection. That’s what I love about mirrors, the way Jack interacts with them. You can see him thinking differently.
*UPDATED: 04 October 2012*
I taped the bubble wrap to the table then squirted circles of paint. Then when they were finished for the day, just hosed it off ready for tomorrow. I like to leave activities out for the kids to return to until their interest wanes. This could be a day, or a week or in some cases, ongoing. You never know.