Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting


In my home, I have a closet of kids art and activity supplies, and when I am looking for ideas, I sometimes just go and look inside and see what inspires me. Today, I noticed some easel paper and bubble wrap. We have had lots of fun with bubble wrap in the past, creating Bubble Wrap Prints and Painting with Rolling Pins and Bubble Wrap. I decided to pair up bubble wrap and paint again, but this time I wanted it to be more of a gross motor experience. And so, Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting was born.

You will need:

bubble wrap and easel paper

To set up the painting surface, you will need to roll out two long lengths of easel paper next to each other. If you have the room, you may want to put down three lengths of easel paper next to each other. My daughter would have liked more room to jump and paint. Cut the easel paper and tape it down to the floor.

easel paper

We decided to use two colors of paint, but you can use as many as you want. Squirt some paint on a paper plate.

paint and paint brush

Cut a length of bubble wrap, wide enough to make a little boot on your child's bare foot. Loosely wrap and tape the bubble wrap around your child's foot. If your child is wearing long pants, pull or roll them up.

bubble wrap on feet

Dip your paintbrush in the paint and paint the bubble wrap on the bottom of your child's foot. 

bubble wrapped feet

We painted one foot red and one foot purple. I had my daughter sit near the paper and keep her feet near the paper so she would not get the paint on the floor. Some paint got on the floor anyway, but it was easily wiped away.

kids art activity

Now it's time to paint! Your child can walk across the paper with the painted bubble wrapped feet. My daughter preferred to jump.

paint stomp

There was plenty of stomping and marching. As she moved around, she could hear the bubble wrap popping.

painting with feet

As you can see, she had a ball creating her bubble wrap art.

kids activity

My daughter had no issues with slipping or sliding as she ran and jumped. I think this was because there was just a small amount of paint placed on her feet. Even so, be sure to carefully supervise your child during this activity.

painted foot prints

We stopped a few times during the activity to apply more paint to her bubble wrap.

toddler painting

This art activity is more about process than product, but if you are interested in the finished product here it is.

toddler art

For more fun with easel paper check out:

                      Slide Painting                                                          Squirt Bottle Painting

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  1. Now that's creative!! Pairing together kids favorites like bubble wrap and paint!! What kid wouldn't enjoy this!!

  2. Oh my goodness I love this! We can't wait to try it!!!!

  3. If only I had hardwood flooring, but maybe it would be a good outdoor activity when the weather warms up. We love playing with bubble wrap!

  4. Wow that looks like so much fun :)
    Mummy G

  5. I'm 25. This looks like so much fun. I think I'm going to round up some of my girlfriends and get them to do this! hahahahaahah


    Danielle Faith @ DanielleFaith.me

  6. What fun! Shared here http://siayla.blogspot.ca/2014/02/got-paint-try-painting-with-out-typical.html

  7. Thank you for sharing. I am from Brazil and I made this with my son, look the photos... http://aventurasdosamuel.blogspot.com.br/2014/02/cores-e-plastico-bolha.html

  8. I am a 25 year old adult and this looks like it would be a fun party idea for my friends & I. Thank you so much.

  9. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your bubble wrap painting project! You can see it here:


    If you have other kid-friendly craft or activity tutorials, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a fun idea!

  10. So much fun! I featured your post in a round-up of Fun Ways to Play with Bubble Wrap. You can check it out http://pinspiredhome.blogspot.com/2014/05/tips-tricks-thursday-bubble-wrap.html
    Thank you so much for the inspiration! :)
    Kim @ Pinspired Home

  11. What a lovely idea! Looks like so much fun.I bet my kiddies would love to do this.