Bubble Wrap Printing

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In this activity, learners will use bubble wrap to print patterns on paper and experiment with mixing colors. Reusing single-use plastics is a way to expand the useful life of materials before recycling, or keep these materials out of landfills. This activity uses low cost materials and can be done at home. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a how-to video.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

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Materials List (per group of students)

  • Bubble wrap
  • Paint of various colors


  • Physical Sciences
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      • Light and Optics

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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