Soap Bubble Art

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Capture soap bubble patterns on paper! In this activity, learners can create beautiful pictures from popping soap bubbles. Learners will color dish soap with food dye, blow bubbles above watercolor paper, and then watch as they pop and stain the paper in colorful and interesting patterns. Then, learners can take a digital picture of their bubble artwork and post it to the Air Blown Gallery.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 59 mL (1/4 cup) liquid soap
  • 15 mL (1 tbl) glycerine
  • 1.89 L (8 cups) water (you'll mix the first 3 items, or you can buy store-bought bubble solution and mix with water)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • One watercolor paper sheet per student


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, 1995

Funding Sources:

  • Unisys
  • Science Learning Network
  • National Science Foundation

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