Bubbles Theme for Preschool

Bubbles are everywhere!  In our toys, games, food, bathtime and more!  

Ask your children what they know about bubbles!  You may be surprised!

This Bubbles Theme page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!



Let the Bubbles Theme planning begin!

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Bubbles Theme Art

Blow Painting

In shallow bowls, mix bubble solution with a little bit of water and several drops of food coloring.  Prepare many different colors.

Take plastic straws and cut a notch below the halfway mark with scissors.  This will prevent the children from "drinking" the solution if they suck in instead of blow.  Just be sure they don't cover the holes while blowing.

Each child has a piece of paper.  They choose a colored solution and place it on their paper, insert their straw and blow!  They keep blowing until the bubbles overflow the bowl onto their paper.  They will pop into beautiful colors.  They repeat with as many colors as they want!

Bingo Dauber Bubbles

These are GREAT for just about every theme, but especially this theme! Let the children make their own creations with these on paper--it's art, counting and small and large muscle development!

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Bubbles Theme Block Center Idea

Wrap some of your unit or other blocks in bubble wrap for interesting building and popping!  

Add legos and duplos to the block area to observe the circle bubble shapes!

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Bubbles Theme Circle Time Ideas

Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!

Bubbles Theme What's Missing?

A few days into this theme, collect some items the children have used with bubbles so far such as bubble wands, egg beater, water bottle, bubble wrap, etc.

Have the children name each item.  Then cover the items with a towel and remove one item so they don't see what you removed.  Uncover the items and have them guess what is missing!


Here Is A Bubble (Fingerplay)

Here is a bubble (make a circle using your thumb and index finger).

And here's a bubble (make larger circle using both thumbs and index fingers).

And here is  great big bubble I see.  (make a large circle using your arms).

Let's count the bubbles we've made.

One, two, three (repeat the previous actions as you count).

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Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Bubbles Theme!

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!


Root Beer Floats

Have children help fill their cup halfway with root beer soda.

Have them help to scoop one scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt into their soda.

Watch and taste the fizz!

Please check with families on this first...some children are not allowed to have soda.

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Bubbles Theme Idea to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area!

Wash, Bubble and Roll!

Add boxes that you have created into washing machines and dryers (the smaller boxes that printer paper are shipped in work well--you don't have to use large appliance boxes!).

Add a dishpan with 2 inches of water and dish detergent for dish washing.  Don't worry about your carpets...it's just soap and water! But, you could add a small tarp under it for ease of mind!

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Bubbles Theme Idea for Your Easel--

More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

Blowing Bubbles!

Place bubble solution into your paint cups and add either paint or food coloring to each cup.  Provide bubble wands and blow onto the paper!

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Bubbles Theme Large Group Games

that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Hammer Time!

Tape bubble wrap on a carpeted area or outside.  Provide children with plastic or wood hammers (such as those used with play dough) for them to pop the bubbles!

Parachute

Gather small plastic balls (like the ones used in ball pits) or other small balls.  Tell the children that shaking the parachute is like blowing into a bubble wand.  

"Blow" (move) the parachute slowly up and down for slow moving bubbles, then fast!  See how far the bubbles "float" up!

Hula Hoop Massive Bubbles!

Fill a wading pool with about 2 inches of bubble solution.  Place a hula-hoop in the pool.  

2 or 3 children lift the hula hoop up to create a huge bubble!

EXTENSION:  I have seen, at many children's museums, a contraption built where the child stand on a block of carpeted wood and there is a rope over their head.  

The rope is attached to a pulley that is holding strings on three sides that have been drilled and tied into the hula hoop.

The child pulls the rope and it lifts the hula hoop around them, encapsulating them in a huge bubble! 

I'm sure you could find plans online and perhaps have a talented person to make this!!!




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Bubbles Theme Ideas for Your Library

Book Suggestions for the Library

The following books may be available at your local library or you can click on the blue title links below to see what is available at Amazon.

(I LOVE Amazon, and if you choose to get yours there, they do send me a few cents--which supports my coffee habit!)

Bubble Bubble by Mercer Mayer
The Bubble Factory by Tomie dePaola
Clifford Counts Bubbles by Norman Bridwell
Gilberto and the Wind (Picture Puffin Books) by Marie Hall Ets
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
The Magic Bubble Trip by Ingrid Schubert
Pop! A Book About Bubbles (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) (A Let's Read/Stage 1 Book) Great non-fiction book!

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Bubbles  Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Math Skills

and to help develop those small muscles in their hands!

Keep Up!

One child blows bubbles while the other child tries to count them!


Wand Sorting

Provide many different sizes and colors of bubble wands for the children to sort by different attributes.  Be sure to have many duplicates of many of them.

VARIATIONS:  Draw wands on a file folder for the children to match the correct colors and sizes.

Number some cans/cups and have the children count the correct number of wands into each cup.


Bubble Sorting

In advance, cut out many colors of circles.  Cut them in small, medium and large sizes.  Encourage the children to put them in order of size.

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Bubbles Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas

to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

Bubble Gum Boogie

Play and dance to this song by Buffalo and Brandy (found at Amazon or on YouTube).

Baby Snakes

There is a GREAT song called Baby Snakes That is available on a Movement CD that I love!  




All the tracks on this are great, but Baby Snakes is my favortie! Movement Fun: Dance & Development for Children

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Bubbles Theme Activities for the Senses!

Bath Time!

Add bubble bath to your water table and give some of your babies a bath!  Be sure to provide towels!

VARIATION:  Add dish detergent and some of your kitchen dishes and cups for washing!

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Bubbles Theme Science Activities

for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Home Made Bubble Wands

Make bubble wands using everyday items!

Punch holes in the bottoms of paper cups with a pen.  (Dip in solution. Place opening of cup over mouth and blow.)

Cut 3/4 to 1 inch slits on one end of a bunch of straws.  Fold slits up. The children place the slit side in the solution and then blow.

Tape a bunch of straws together (or use rubber bands to secure).  4-6 straws work best.  Dip one end in solution, blow from other end.

Provide different colored pipe cleaners.  Show children how to make shapes at one end by bending them.  Make circles, squares, etc.  Hold from untwisted end to dip into solution.  Blow into the shapes they made.


Discovery Bubbles Theme Bottles

Materials needed:  water bottles with their caps and with the labels removed (16 ounce plastic bottles work best); water, baby oil, food coloring, funnels

Have the children help pour the ingredients in for the following:

Pour water into a bottle about half full.  They then fill to about 1 inch below the top with baby oil.  Cover.

Pour water into a bottle about half full.  Add a few drops of food coloring.  Fill to about 1 inch below the top with baby oil.  Cover.

Observe what happens when they slowly move bottle from side to side (It is like a wave bottle that creates some bubbles).  They both look cool!

Observe what happens when they shake the bottles!  It creates a lot of bubbles and mixes the ingredients.  The ingredients then begin to separate to make 2 layers again!


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Writing Activity Ideas for Your Bubbles Theme!

Name Bubbles

Print each child's name on large paper.  Provide them with bingo daubbers to place dots on the letters of their names.  This will allow them to see their name in print, follow the lines of the letters and help them practice their eye-hand coordination!

VARIATION:  Provide play dough for them to roll into "snakes" and place on the letters of their names.

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Miscellaneous Activities for Your Bubbles Theme!

Bubbles Theme Field Trips

  • Check out some local Children's Museums or Children's Science Museums...bubbles are usually a part of it!
  • Visit a Dog Groomer or a Laundromat!

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