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At one of our recent science workshops, one of our participants, Jenny told everyone about this bubbles activity she does with her children.

You need a big bowl of warm water with some regular dish washing detergent in it and a colander with round holes in it. Insert some narrow plastic tubing into the holes, a piece for each child. Twist an elastic band around the part of the tubing that is inside the colander to prevent it being pulled out and place the colander in the bowl. To keep it healthy in a group, a straw is attached on the blowing end of the tube and replaced as each new child takes possession.

Balwyn East Kindergarten

Kathy from Balwyn East kindergarten made hers using a cutlery holder from Ikea with grommets to hold the tubing – perfect!

By placing a block of ice on top it helps to keep everything down in the bowl and also adds to the fun (As you will soon see).

Balwyn East Kindergarten

Then the group blowing begins!

Balwyn East Kindergarten

Interesting some of the children found the concept of blowing quite challenging.

Oh the bubbles that result!

After a while the children added food dye to the top of the now melting ice block …

to add a bit of science and colour!

Of course if you take away the tube and blow directly on the bubbles …

You can still have just as much fun!

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3 Responses to “bubbles galore”

  1. Scott says:

    What great bubble fun! I’ve not used a colander in this way before – but I’ll definitely add it to my list. (I’m always using things for “new” uses!) Thanks for the idea.

    ::: You’re welcome Scott … as always! 🙂 🙂

  2. bianca says:

    This is a fantastic way to make bubbles – would Bunnings stock the tubing? It’s great to find different uses for things. My 4 year old places our kitchen colander upsidedown on a tray and threads (or pokes) coloured tooth picks into. He will sit there for an hour just poking the little sticks through until he is ready to lift it up an surprise himself with a huge pile underneath.

    ::: Yes Bianca Bunning do have the tubing. 🙂 🙂

  3. Thanks used this irresistible idea at 52 days to explore
    which I hope to grow into 52 ideas for outdoor exploration for the young and young at heart! (Does that sound too corny?)

    ::: Sounds ‘irresistible’ to us Lesley! 🙂 🙂