Bubbles are so much fun and kids love them. It’s incredible too how often we come into contact with bubbles during our every day lives without even thinking about it. Bread making, whipping up cream, whisking egg whites, fizzy drinks, washing etc etc.
We see them and use them so often that we take them for granted.
But to children , they are MAGIC!
There is so much to be learnt from bubbles but to kids it’s all just good fun. A perfect example of learning through Play.
The theme of one of my learning programmes for preschool children has a theme of Bubbles. If you haven’t watched it yet you can use the link below to view.
If you are looking for some more activities on the ‘bubble ‘ theme then here they are! I’ve made short videos on most of the activities so just click on the links to view.
Why are bubbles different colours?
My kids loved this activity!
We half filled a bowl with water and added lots of soap to make masses of strong bubbles. Then we placed our hands under a pile of bubbles and walked around inside and out observing how the colours changed. Children will realise quickly what is happening but they won’t probably know the term ‘reflecting ‘ so this is a good opportunity to introduce and explain.
Are bubbles always round?
No matter how you try the bubbles you blow will always be round because they are free. There is nothing pushing on them. But, look at the shape of the bubbles on a bubble print. There lots of bubbles are squashed together and so push each other into all kinds of shapes. Can you make a square bubble? With a bit of an effort yes! Learn how on the link below:
Where else do you find bubbles?
Play a game, ‘Spot the Bubbles ‘ . It can last a whole week!
There are bubbles everywhere!
Make some bread. Yeast produces bubbles when it is given warmth, sugar and liquid. Make some bread using fresh yeast then they can appreciate the process.
Click on the link below the photo to watch how to make delicious ‘ Yummy Srummy Good for my Tummy Bread’!!
Bubbles on the surface of a pond or lake.
Ask questions later like: ‘where do you think they come from? ‘what is in the water that produces these bubbles? ‘
Click on this link to find out more: What’s making the bubbles?
Some foods have bubbles. Just look at a block of Aero chocolate!
Bread. Chocolate Mousse You can make a fun bubbly jelly too.
So how do we get the air into the liquid?
Here are some good ways to demonstrate this:
Whipping (cream and egg whites)
Steam-like for Cappuccino.
Using a milk frother – .These little milk frothers are really good and providing the milk isn’t too hot Children can make themselves a frothy milk drink.
Of course, while your little ones are discovering bubbles they will also be learning basic scientific and mathematical concepts like temperature, weighing and measuring, density AND accumulating lots of new words.