Bubble Wrap Painting – Learning Shapes

BY ON Sep 4, 2011
painting activities to learn about shapes

Learning about shapes using bubble wrap painting. 

Bubble wrap is so much fun to explore for kids!

Feeling the various textures of the puffy bubble pouches and hearing the noise of popping them.

Bubble wrap is great for creating interesting patterns and shapes with paint.

Here is an activity using bubble wrap painting and learning your shapes too!


What you will need?

When you receive your next parcel in the post, save the bubble wrap!

You will need clean meat trays, when you’re finished you can throw them away or wash them to use again next time.  You will also need paint and the Printable Shapes Template to use as a guideline in cutting out the shapes with the bubble wrap.


Let’s Play 

Choose three colours and lay the bubble wrap shapes bubble side down into the paint with the smooth side facing up.  Gently press the bubble wrap to cover the entire shape with paint.


Place the paint covered shapes face down onto the paper, gently pressing with fingers to make sure paint coverage and then gently lift.


Let’s Learn 

benefits of painting with bubble wrap

Learning Opportunities 

  • Sensory – feeling various textures, squishy, bubbly and hearing the popping noise.
  • Hand and eye coordination
  • Fine motor skills development
  • Sense of achievement and pride
  • Experimenting with shapes and space
  • Shape recognition


Click here to download and print : Shapes Template



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10 Responses to “Bubble Wrap Painting – Learning Shapes”

  1. Ro Little says:

    Aren’t you the cutest thing ever!!! My kids LOVE bubble wrap!! That’s an awesome idea!
    Thanks so much for posting Janice!
    Ro :)

  2. ah, my girls always get so excited when we get a package that has bubble wrap – so many possibilities for fun! Love that you used it to paint with!

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase & hope to see you again this week!


  3. Deborah says:

    I think I will be trying every single idea you have on your blog:) My children would LOVE this! We are exploring shapes right now so this is perfect.

  4. Catherine says:


    Love all your cool ideas with teaching the kids. I am a SAHM to a preschooler and toddler going to have to try some of these cool things. I have also started a FB page and blog would love for you to come check it out.

    Going to follow you to stay in the loop of new things.

    Momma’s Fun World…..FB


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  6. Trisha says:

    This is great! Thank you:)

  7. Robyn says:

    Thanks for the ideas really helped with my child development

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