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::: bubbles on bubbles in bubbles


We’ve done a lot of science activities over time to do with air, like our flying machines, hovercraft, balloon rocket and U.F.O’s. because the fact is air is a fascinating concept for young children. This time we thought a fun air experiment would be blowing bubbles through straws.

We used a mixture of dishwashing liquid in water with a dash of glycerine. Of course bubble blowing with straws is something we’ve all done however …

this time instead of blowing bubbles into bubble mixture the children taped straws together in a bunch, dipped them into the mixture and used them like a bubble wand.

They discovered that five straws worked the best.

One or two straws did not produce a very good result while six or seven straws were too fat to fit comfortably into their mouths.

Blowing gently the children could successfully produce delicate bubbles.

Soon they were catching them in their hands …

building up layer upon layer of bubbles.

As we had covered the table with a plastic sheet, in order to make cleaning up easier the children found the bubbles landed on the table without popping.

Before long they had figured out that they could blow bubbles inside bubbles, inside bubbles. So much fun, so much science, so much play based learning!

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10 Responses to “bubbles on bubbles in bubbles”

  1. avatar Kerri says:

    Oh my goodness! I remember doing this as a child! Thanks for sharing!

  2. avatar Deborah says:

    Love it!! We played with bubbles last week too!

  3. avatar Teacher Tom says:

    I like this! We’ve been doing all kinds of bubble play this summer, but the 5 straw experiment hasn’t been part of it. This will be fun!

    ::: Oh wow it worked! I am so happy to approve this comment Tom … welcome back! :) :)

  4. avatar Louise says:

    I love the next step that I often get from you, building on what lots of us do, but just helping to extend things. Thanks again! :)

    ::: Thank you Louise! :) :)


  5. Looks like so much bubbly fun! Thanks for sharing:)
    Found out about your cool blog thru Jenny’s “let the children play” blog link.
    Have signed to join your site.
    Hope that you will pop by my blog , too.
    :) Colleen


  6. avatar Erin says:

    Totally love bubbles! I was wondering if you make your own bubble mixture, or use commercially made stuff? Could you post the recipie you use?

    ::: Erin we simply used ‘Coles’ brand dishwashing liquid with a dash of glycerine in water . :) :)


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