Bubble Blowing Activity
The activity will teach the following concepts:
- Bubbles are formed by blowing air into a liquid.
- A bubble has a round shape.
- When the bubble expands too much or touches a surface, it pops!
Before blowing real bubbles, teach the children how to "blow out" and not suck in. This can be done by practicing blowing skills with a plastic straw and feeling the wind on their hands. Do the children know how to blow gently? Children will quickly learn that only gentle blowing will produce bubbles.
Make some bubble solution in the classroom together. Mix 1 cup dishwashing soap with 6 cups of water in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of glycerin (can be found in drugstores) to the solution which makes the bubbles stronger. It is best to blow bubbles outdoors, however if you plan to blow bubbles in the classroom cover the tables and floor with scrap paper or newspaper. Bubbles can be slippery, so use caution with the children.
Easy bubble blowers can be made by cutting the top off any size of plastic soda or water bottle. Invite the children to dip the cut end into the solution and then blow a bubble by blowing through the small end. Using a plastic kitchen funnel is the same concept.
At first, the children will chase and try to pop the bubbles. After letting them free play for a while, ask these questions:
- Where do you think the bubbles will go if you don't pop them?
- How far can bubbles go?
- Can you see rainbow colors in the bubbles?
Rainbow colors happen when light is broken into different colors when it passes through water.
Bubble Catch Game
Children can develop motor skills, like eye/hand coordination, by playing "bubble catch." As the children play in pairs, one child blows a bubble and the other one catches it on a piece of cardboard. Then the children switch positions. Another fun movement activity is to "bubble dance." Play music in different tempos and invite the class to pretend they are round bubbles floating around the room. They can spin and jump up and 'pop'!
Reinforce concepts while blowing bubbles using the words big, little, many, few, high and low. Ask questions like: Can you blow big bubbles? Little bubbles? Many bubbles? High bubbles? and so on.