Summer is the perfect time to take children outside for fun and fresh air! Bubble activities for kindergarten are an easy and engaging way to get your little ones learning through play. Bubble art activities are just one of many ways you can get your students excited about the outdoors, all while encouraging social-emotional development and exploration.
The GIANT Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Activities is full of fun and easy activities parents and teachers can try at home or in the classroom. Here are a few bubble themed activities you can try on the next sunny day!
Make Your Own Bubbles
- Distilled water
- Liquid soap (Ivory, Joy, or Sunlight)
- Glycerin, optional
What to do:
1. Make your own bubbles using one of the following methods:
- Mix ½ cup water and ½ cup liquid soap (make as much as needed using equal amounts of both).
- Mix together ½ cup liquid soap, ½ cup glycerin (a small amount of glycerin makes stronger bubbles, but it is not necessary), ½ cup distilled water, and 1 cup sugar per quart of solution.
- Tip: Use distilled water because hard water does not work well.
2. Keep the bubble mixture at room temperature.
3. Bubbles can be used for pure enjoyment indoors and out. They can be used for a science, art, or math project.
Paper Bubble Catch
- Bubble solution (or bubble machine)
- Construction paper
What to do:
- Go outside with the children and blow bubbles together.
- Give each child a sheet of construction paper (rough paper pops bubbles better).
- Encourage children to catch bubbles on the paper.
- Plastic straws
- Mild dish detergent and water or commercial bubble mixture
- Plastic container
What to do:
- Although this activity seems too simple to be interesting, the children love it. It is a great outdoor activity, especially on a sunny, breezy day. It helps develop find muscle coordination and breath control.
- Ahead of time, prepare straws by cutting them in half and cutting ½” slits in one end. (This helps hold the liquid and identifies which end goes into the liquid.) Prepare bubble mixture by mixing mild dish detergent with water (about 2 tablespoons soap to 1 cup water). Or you can use commercial bubble mixture.
- Check to make sure that children understand how to blow instead of such through the straw. Explain that the uncut end goes between the lips. Ask them to blow (without bubbles) and feel the air as it escapes.
- Ask them to dip the cut end into the liquid and blow. (Several children can share one plastic container if you use margarine tubs.)
- Encourage them to blow gently and watch the bubble form.
- What happens if they blow harder?
- Challenge them to try to make a very big bubble by blowing as gently as they can.