STREAM Activity: Sensory Bubble Wrap Art

Engage your senses with sensory art using bubble wrap!

Activity best for children ages three and up

Sensory play is an important part of early childhood development. Young children learn about the world around them through their five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. Did you know that sensory play can also support language skills, fine motor skills, and gross motor skills? To support sensory exploration, today we’ll be making sensory art using bubble wrap! As children paint, they will feel the bubble wrap. This will stimulate their sense of touch and promote fine motor skills!

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Sensory: Connected with the physical senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight.

Guiding Questions:

What other sensory materials can you find at home to create art?


Bubble wrap

Rolling pin

Acrylic paint


White construction paper


Step 1

Start by gathering the materials for your bubble wrap sensory art.

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Step 2

Now, wrap the bubble wrap around the rolling pin and secure it with tape making sure the bubbles are facing out.

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Step 3

Next, grab your piece of paper and squirt lines of paint all over the page. How many colors will you use?  

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Step 4

Then, take your rolling pin covered in bubble wrap and roll it back and forth on the paint. This will create a unique pattern!

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Step 5

Once your paint has been moved around, the colors will blend creating a work of art!

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Reading Connections

Sensory Seeking Sloth by Jennifer Jones

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In this story, children will discover examples of different ways they can use sensory items when they feel overwhelmed.