Who knew that the packing material could be so fun?
You’ll love this easy DIY Easter egg tutorial.
The Easter Bunny may not use UPS, but that doesn’t mean mail material is irrelevant to this holiday. In fact, if you get a package in the weeks before Easter, be sure to save the bubble wrap! It will come in handy when you want to design these fun Easter eggs.
This Easter, take your eggs one step further with these decorating techniques from the Incredible Egg. All of the designs are easy and inexpensive to create and all of the supplies can be found at your local supermarket or craft store. Depending on how long you plan to keep the egg, you may wish to either hard boil or empty out the contents of the egg prior to decorating.
STEP 1: Thinly coat a piece of bubble packaging with acrylic paint using a small paint brush (HINT: Paint a very thin coat of paint three to four bubbles wide to ensure clear “bubble” imprints; dab bubble wrap with a paper towel if paint looks too thick)
STEP 2: Gently roll a hard-boiled or blown out egg over the paint
STEP 3: Let the paint dry on the egg, then repeat with another color, if desired
This tutorial is courtesy of The American Egg Board.
Get more creative Easter egg ideas here!
60+ Easter Egg Stuffers and Fillers Ideas (not just candy)
In this post are a butt load of ideas for Easter egg stuffers and fillers for your Easter egg hunt for kids. If you would like this list in a handy dandy printable format click here: Easter Egg Fillers Cheat Sheet.
Read our homemade bubble recipes below:
- How to Make Homemade Bubble Solution
Materials required: Straw, warm water, a container with lid, dishwashing liquid, and glycerin.
To learn how to make homemade bubble solution, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps.
Step 1: Take a container and empty 6 cups of water into it, and then mix in some dishwashing liquid too.
Step 2: Add glycerin (1 tbsp) to the mixture.
Step 3: Let the solution sit overnight in your container (put the lid on!)
Step 4: Finally, start blowing bubbles with your straw!
Here’s what happens: A “sandwich” is formed with 3 bubble layers – soap, water, and soap again. The glycerin in the solution makes the bubble thicker, and so it allows you to blow bigger bubbles that might not pop easily. When they pop, it happens because the water in the bubble evaporates.
Materials required: A tray, liquid dish soap, and 2 glasses of water.
Steps to follow the experiment:
Step 1: Place 1 glass of water in the middle of your tray.
Step 2: Take the other glass of water and pour a little bit of it into the glass in Step 1. Pour until the glass is full and the water forms a “dome”-like shape above the rim.
Step 3: Put your finger gently through the dome. You’ll notice that the water doesn’t slide down the glass.
Step 4: Apply a little bit of liquid dish soap on the tip of your finger and then put that finger through the dome. You’ll notice that the water does “break” and slides down the glass.
Here’s what happens: Why did the water rise in the glass to form a “dome”? It was because of the water molecules that closely stuck together to form a “surface tension”. That’s why, when you put your finger inside the glass, the water molecules didn’t break. However, they did break when you applied the liquid dish soap to your finger. This is because the water molecules didn’t stick to each other anymore. What else did you notice? You found that bubbles form when water is mixed with liquid dish soap. This is because water becomes almost “elastic” when it mixes with soap. This is the science you need to know when you make bubble solutions!
Here’s a trick you can remember when you make homemade bubble solution:
Instead of using a straw, create your own bubble blower in the shape of a square! Use pipe cleaners to twist them around to create this shape. You’ll find that no matter the shape of the bubble blower when you make bubble solution and dip your bubble blower into it, the bubble you blow is always round.
Here’s why bubbles are always round: The reason the shape is round is that the soap’s skin tries to occupy very little space while always retaining the same amount of air in the bubble.
Now you will need a special waffle iron for these. There are a variety of these irons on the market I use the Master Chef brand bubble waffle iron. Place the iron onto a sheet pan. The sheet pan will catch any drippings that may occur. Give it a spray with some kitchen spray and turn it on. Once it is heated up use a cup or ladle and add some batter to the iron. I usually start in the middle and work my way out. Don't add too much or it will definitely overflow when it cooks. Then close the top and flip it over. Make sure to hold the lid shut when you flip it. Let it cook for 1 minute and 30 seconds, then flip it over again and let it cook for another 1 minute 30 seconds. About 3 minutes or until nice and golden brown.
Now once the bubble waffle is done you can remove it. If it is too thin likely it will fall apart leaving you little unattached bubbles. Which is totally fine! I love them unattached like that. Otherwise, you can use a wooden spatula and fork to pry it out in one piece. You may also use a plate and just flip the iron over and allow the waffle to fall out onto the plate. Next, serve them up however you like. I like to eat them with maple syrup and powdered sugar. You can roll it into a cone shape and place it in a glass or something and then fill it with fruit, ice cream, etc. Enjoy! :)
LEARN ABOUT BUBBLES
What Are Bubbles?
Bubbles are pockets of soap and water that are filled with air. When soap and water are mixed together and air is blown into the mixture, the soap forms a thin skin or wall and traps the air, creating a bubble.
Soap bubbles are not the only kind of bubbles. You can find bubbles in lots of liquids. You might see small bubbles in plain water, but they will always be in the water, or floating on the surface of the water, not floating through the air.
There are bubbles in soda pop, too. The special thing about soap bubbles is that they can float freely in the air they don't have to be touching water or another liquid like most bubbles do. Can you find other bubbles around your house? What about something that is round and filled with air like a bubble?
(Some examples are balls, balloons, and bubble wrap.)
How does soap help make bubbles out of water? Soap makes the surface tensionof water weaker than normal.
It also forms a very thin skin that is more flexible than water. When air gets trapped under the surface of the mixture of soap and water, the flexible skin stretches into a sphere shape (round like a ball), making a bubble!
You can see the flexible skin that forms a bubble by dipping a bubble wand into some bubble solution. When you pull it out, the hole will be filled with a stretchable skin of liquid. If you blow gently on the skin, you'll blow a bubble!
What Happens to Bubbles?
Since bubbles are made from soap and water, they can only last as long as the water lasts. In dry air, water evaporates- it is soaked up by the dry air around the bubble and the skin of the bubble gets thinner and thinner until it finally pops!
Evaporation isn't the only thing that pops bubbles. Anything dry can pop them. When a bubble floats through the air and lands on your finger, on a blade of dry grass, the wall of your house, or your pet's fur, the bubble will pop.
When something sharp and dry touches the bubble, it pokes a hole in the bubble's skin, all the air goes out of it, and the bubble disappears! To learn how to touch a bubble without popping it, do Trick 2 in the Bubble Tricks experiment.
Why Are Bubbles Round?
Bubbles that float in the air and are not attached to anything are always round because the thin wall of soap is pulling in while the air inside of it is pushing out. A bubble always tries to take up the smallest amount of space and hold the most air that it possibly can.
A sphere, the round ball-shape of a bubble, is the best way to take up a little space and hold a lot of air. Even when a bubble starts out as a square or another shape, like in Trick 1 from the Bubble Tricks experiment, it will always turn into a round sphere as soon as it floats away into the air. A square bubble would take up more space than a round one.
There are a few times when bubbles are not round. Sometimes the wind blows them into different shapes. When bubbles are surrounded by lots of other bubbles, the ones in the middle get squished into other shapes, like squares or hexagons (shapes with six sides).
Try blowing a lot of bubbles right next to each other in a shallow container and see if there are any that are not round. If you pop the bubbles on the outside, the ones on the inside will not be squished anymore and they will push back out to round bubbles again!
For more bubble blowing fun, use this worksheet for ideas of common objects to try making bubbles with. Kids can also find other objects that work for making bubbles and draw them in the space provided.
101 Things to do with Bubble Wrap:
- from here on The Chaos and The Clutter from Mess for Less from Hands on As we Grow from Crafty Morning (so much fun!) Indoor Hopscotch from Craftophile from Design Mom from Life with Four Ladies and One Little Man (AWESOME!) from See Vanessa Craft from Sunny Day Family from Picklebums from Teaching Mama from Hands on as we Grow
- shipping things in! from Positively Splendid (these are so cute!) from Crafty Morning from Meaningful Mama from Glued to My Crafts Blog (has free printable tree)
- As an April Fools Day joke for an accident-prone friend, bubble wrap their room or their vehicle! from here on The Chaos and The Clutter from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds from Makezine (you’ll never believe it was made with bubble wrap!) from Robin Urton (gorgeous!) from Lalymom
- make clothes out of it (great for going out in the rain!) from Sugar Aunts from The Moody Fashionista from Learn with Play at Home from Hands on as we Grow
- “crack” knuckles (hide under table and pretend to crack your knuckles with the sound coming from popping the bubble wrap) from Apartment Therapy from Mess for Less from Two-Daloo from I Heart Crafty Things from Teaching Preschool from Creative Play Central from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
- place on the trampoline for a loud jumping experience from Science Sparks from Red Ted Art from Art Projects for Kids from The Imagination Tree from Lalymom from Kids Play Box
- pop it from Red Ted Art from Teach Me Mommy from Sparkling Buds
- put it on your bike wheel from Mess for Less from Play at Home Mom from Bath Activities for Kids from Crafty Morning
- wrap breakable gifts from Sugar Aunts from Hand Made Kids Art from Lalymom from Toddler Approved from Sow Sprout Play from No Time for Flash Cards
- wrap breakable items for a move from Crafty Morning from Crafty Morning from Crafts for All Seasons from Royal Baloo
- bubble wrap a tree and throw darts at it (adult supervision required of course) from Hands on as we Grow from Sow Sprout Play from Mosswood Connections from No Time for Flash Cards from Still Playing School
- fingerpaint on bubble wrap from Crafty Morning
- make a countdown calendar to a vacation, birthday or Christmas where kids can “pop” one each day from Play at Home Mom (Reggio) from Art Projects for Kids with Learn with Play at Home from Kids Play Box from Crayon Box Chronicles from Tinkerlab from First Palette
- tape bubble wrap to a wall and body slam into it from Preschool Powel Packets from I Heart Crafty Things from I Can Teach My Child from SheKnows from Giver’s Log (what a fun idea to send grandkids or nieces and nephews!)
- make a bubble wrap tie from Pufferbellies from Mermaid’s Makings from Growing a Jeweled Rose from Mom Trusted from Artsy Craftsy Mom from Danielle’s Place from Kids Soup
What is your favourite use for bubble wrap?
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5 Easter Brunch Ideas: Great Ways for Family Fun
I hope it’s sunny for our first family get-together since June. While we’ve been fully vaccinated, our children have not. So we’ll wear masks, keep distant, and eat outdoors. I’m brimming with Easter brunch ideas to make the day memorable. We’ve had too many special occasions via zoom last year.
Easter Brunch Idea #1: Setting the Table
It’s never too much trouble to use real china and linen, even outdoors. Everything goes into dishwasher and washing machine afterwards.
A pretty table sets the theme and mood. I always have a little treat at each place setting. This year, it’s Easter bunnies filled with chocolate eggs. You could purchase mini baskets such as these, and fill them with Easter candy.
Tulips or daffodils say spring, and my flower napkin rings, treat-filled plastic eggs, and little chicks will add to the Easter theme. I’ll set the table with worry-free Ikea stemmed glasses. Miss T will have her own little stemmed glass because I like a child to have facility with a glass fancier than a tumbler Master N, just four, will use a plastic cup.
Easter Brunch Idea #2: Food for the Festivity
I’ll serve Apricot Tart with Honey and Almonds, inspired by the flavors of Provence. I make this often for celebrations.
While I’ve decided on my table setting, I’m still working on the menu. I’ll keep it simple, except for dessert.
I’ll make an apricot tart, a recipe from Bon Appétit from 1999. I’ve made this recipe many times through the years. In my experience, the tart can finish baking as early as 15 minutes before the time specified in the recipe, so watch carefully. Also, put a rimless baking sheet under the removable-bottom tart pan to catch any drips that could ruin your oven. The baking sheet also makes it easier to remove the tart without damaging the crust.
No need to be embarrassed using canned apricots for this recipe. Even Jaques Pépin turns to canned, off-season.
Bunnies, made from snipped marshmallows, sit on coconut grass with jellybean eggs. This is my table from a previous Easter.
The apricot tart is somewhat time-consuming. If you want less of a hassle, turn plain frosted cupcakes, made from scratch, a mix, or purchased from the bakery, into Easter bunny cupcakes.
Easter Bunny Cupcakes: Tint sweetened flaked coconut with green gel color for the grass. For the bunny, use kitchen shears to snip “V” cuts on the side of the marshmallow to form ears and dip a toothpick into brown gel color to make the face. Add jelly beans for Easter eggs.
To serve, group the cupcakes together on a cake plate and use them as a table centerpiece, or set a cupcake at each place.
Even simpler, than bunny cupcakes, just decorate any store-bought dessert with Easter decorations.
To busy to bake one year, I just bought a pie and decorated with Peeps.
Peeps Pie: Just arrange Peeps chicks around the center of a store-bought pie.
Easter Brunch Idea #3 Baby Treats
Bunny toasts are the perfect treat for a toddler’s Easter basket.
Toddler grandkids shouldn’t be eating candy, so make bunny toasts for their Easter basket.
Bunny Toasts: Cut bunny shapes with cookie cutters from white bread. Lightly brush with melted butter on one side. Poke a small hole with a skewer for the eye and insert a currant or a small bit of raisin, pressing it into the hole with the skewer to lodge it it in firmly.
Arrange the bunnies on a baking sheet, butter-side down and bake for 5 minutes in a 350-degree F oven. Turn bunnies and bake about 10 to 13 minutes more, or until they are crisp, dry, and lightly browned. Test one of the bunnies by breaking it in half, to make sure it is toasted throughout. If the center is still soft, the bunnies will not stay crisp. Cool on a wire rack and package in airtight containers.
Easter Brunch Idea #4 Craft some Cascarones
I’m making some confetti eggs, called cascarones, that we can crush over the heads of one another, in the Mexican tradition This is a good project to make ahead with kids. Here’s how to make them with the grandkids, even if you are distanced.
Fill hollowed-out, decorated eggshells with confetti and seal with tissue paper. Crush these cascarones over the heads of others.
You could use these as part of your table centerpiece, or hide them as part of an Easter egg hunt, which is quite motivating. The child who gathers the most cascarones can do the most “damage” while others who find few will be defenseless.
Easter Brunch Idea #5 Ensure a Fun Afternoon
Plan on some fun activities with the grandkids to make this gathering more than about sitting down to a meal together.
Easter Egg Hunt: I didn’t want to use real Easter eggs on the ground and in the dirt, so I bought pre-stuffed plastic eggs. Each egg is filled with a tiny finger puppet. Although they’re all supposed to be different, of the 24, 10 of mine were repeats. No matter, because I can fill those with other treats.
Easter Egg Fight: Don’t forget to tap your hard-boiled egg against an opponent’s winner takes on another challenger and the tapping proceeds, until all the eggs but one are cracked. The person with the intact egg is the declared the winner.
Make Giant Bubbles: You can buy a giant bubble kit or make bubble solution yourself. I try to save giant bubbles for special occasions so the kids don’t tire of it.
Egg and Spoon Race: Divide into teams, and bring out the spoons and Easter eggs. When grandkids are a few years apart, as ours are, create handicaps to keep the games competitive, such as having the older one take an extra lap around the course, or having to hold the spoon out to the side.
Bingo: For a more quiet game, consider bingo. It’s one of the games the grandkids and I played over FaceTime while distant. This is a game everyone can play together. Offer small prizes to keep the game interesting.
My decoupage eggs I bring them out as a decoration each Easter. They’re simply hollowed out eggs with cut-out paper images glued on with white glue.
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How to Decorate Cakes Using Bubble Wrap and a Chocolate Bar
When I first saw a link to this video, I didn’t know what to expect. I just saw the baker smearing chocolate onto a sheet of bubble wrap. I couldn’t imagine what the heck it was going to be used for—but I was super curious, so I clicked and checked out the video.
As it turned out, she was making a basket cake! It’s a simple version, but it looks awesome, especially considering how absolutely easy her technique is. Watch the video below:
Basically, here are the steps:
1. You begin by making the cake itself.
2. You melt some chocolate in your microwave.
3. You cut a sheet of bubble wrap so that it is tall enough and wide enough to cover your cake if you wrap it around the cake’s circumference.
4. After you’ve checked that your bubble wrap sheet is the right size, you coat it with the melted chocolate.
5. You wait 10 minutes for the chocolate to dry.
6. You then apply the bubble wrap to the outside of your cake, wrapping it around the circumference.
7. Let it chill for ten minutes.
8. Remove the bubble wrap, and the chocolate will stick to the cake, imprinted with the patterns from the bubble wrap.
I seriously cannot wait to try this recipe and surprise my family with it. I just know they are going to be impressed!
Homemade bubble wands
If you don’t have a wand from a store-bought pot of bubbles, don’t despair! You can have fun by looking for different items around the house that can be used to make bubbles. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Paperclips – bend them into wands or use as they are
- Biscuit cutters
- Pipe cleaners
- Fly swatters
Science & Sensory Fun with Bubbles
Now let’s up the ante.. how can we turn bubbles into a fun with bubbles science experiment?? We have combined this list into Science and Sensory Fun with bubbles, simply because their is a fabulous cross over between the two! Explore and discover, whilst experiencing wonderful sensory fun!
- from 123 Homeschool 4 Me from Little Bins For Little Hands from Busy Toddler
- We have always wanted to try How To Make Fascinating Frozen Bubbles from Fireflies and Mud Pies – but it just never gets cold enough here in the UK! Sigh. from The Boy and Me from Emma Owl from Two Daloo
More on the Science Bubble Fun Side – lots of fun with bubbles
- Experiment with Shaped Bubble Wands – what will the bubbles look like? from from One Charming Party from Kids R Cool from Fireflies and Mud Pies from RP Science from Babble Dabble Do
- Make your own Bubble MACHINE
I do hope that this becomes you one stop Bubble Activity reference article. Remember we will be adding more bubble activities for kids over time. We aim to have ideas for bubble activities for preschoolers, as well as gentle bubble activities for infants and toddlers… right to bubble activities for first grade and beyond! Because you know what? You are NEVER to old to enjoy and play with bubbles.
Need MORE ideas? Check out these wonderful Bubble themed idea for Infant and Toddlers