How to Create a Bubble Map

A bubble map is a layout that consists of circles or bubbles that are linked together. The central circle contains the subject, and all of the circles linked to it are used to describe the subject. They are very useful when writing a story, allowing you to visually brainstorm ideas that will be used to describe the subject. It provides a nice layout to organize your thoughts and develop descriptions for your subject.

Draw a round circle in the center of the page. Write the subject in the circle. For example, if we want to describe a charcter named Bob, we would put "Bob" in the central circle.

Draw another circle on the paper. Draw a line that connects this circle from the central circle. Write an adjective that describes the subject in the second circle. For example, if Bob is tall, we would put "Tall" in the second circle.

Continue to brainstorm as many adjectives that you can think of for the subject. Draw circles around the central circle and draw lines connecting them from the central circle.


  • Make your bubble map more eye-catching by using various colors within each bubble. The colors can correlate to the idea, adjective or description within the bubble. For instance, "hot" may be in a red bubble while "cold" would be in blue.

    Instead of drawing bubble and coloring them in, try cutting them out from colored construction paper. Use a stencil of compass to create circles that are more ideally shaped. Glue the circle cut-outs to another piece of paper or, in the case of presentations, poster board.

    Bubbles can also be used to represent data for mathematical or financial charts. The size of the bubble will depend on the value or quantity it is representing. For instance, the central bubble might represent all of a corporation's profits, while the different sized circles connected to it represent the different sources of those profits. Making each circle's size correspond to its value helps the viewer better visualize it.