Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Bubble Wrap Painting

bubble wrap painting
There are many different elements to developing functional handwriting. While practice with paper and pencil is essential, using other mediums can help develop motor memory and create a positive sensory experience surrounding handwriting. Having kids create letters, words and doodles using finger paint in bubble wrap gives not only provides a kinesthetic feeling to writing, but gives feedback as to the physical boundaries of the letters. This would be a great activity for kids with low vision as well as those with multiple disabilities who may benefit from writing in a variety of different mediums. The activity is also just plain fun which helps promote engagement in handwriting!


  • Bubble wrap
  • Washable paint


  • Place bubble wrap in front of child on table
  • Splatter paint on bubble wrap
  • Allow child to draw, write and make shapes according to feel of bubble wrap!


  • Place bubble wrap on an easel to increase wrist extension 
  • Use different size bubble wrap for different texture/sensory experience and/or different sized letters 
  • Use shaving cream, hair gel or baby powder to provide a different sensory experience


Bubble wrap painting collage

Inspired by Mummy Musings and Mayhem.




bubble letter

Posted by Kormino

Bubble Wrap Painting

Posted by Sasha Hengy

Posted on April 20, 2014
Updated on: November 8, 2021

Previous comments for Bubble Wrap Painting

Sasha Hengy commented on February 6, 2018

This is so cute and simple! I would like to share on Facebook if okay. My dad works in painting and he would like this. i thank you for neat idea and fun.

Kormino commented on June 28, 2015

A great creation. I like it.