Balancing bubbles in preschool

As mentioned in the previous post, we have been exploring two words:  “level” and “balance.” To expand on our exploration of level and balance, the children tried their hand at balancing bubbles…

Balancing bubbles by Teach Preschool

Each child filled up a clear plastic tube with water making sure that the water level was almost at the very top of the tube. Then they added a lid to the tube to keep the water sealed inside…

Balancing bubbles by Teach Preschool

Because the tubes were not filled all the way to the very top, a small pocket of air was left in the tube which created a bubble in each child’s tube.  The more air that was left inside, the bigger the bubble (air pocket) but the goal was to have a little bubble so we needed to try leave the smallest amount of air inside  the tube as possible…

Balancing bubbles by Teach Preschool

Once the children had filled their tubes with water and put the lid on tight, then each held their tube sideways and tried to  get the bubble that was inside the tube to balance in the middle by tilting the tube from side to side…

Balancing bubbles by Teach Preschool

Getting the bubble to balance in the middle was a challenge for our students. The task required using gentle and slight tilting movements, a steady hand, and keeping a close eye on the bubble…

Balancing bubbles by Teach Preschool

Not only was this an interesting exercise for the kids to explore, but the process gave us the opportunity to reinforce lots of scientific and engineering terms such as tilt, balance, level, middle, side, top, bottom, air, water, bubbles, air pocket, and steady. The process also promoted the use of eye-hand coordination and fine motor control in a rather unique way…

Balancing bubbles by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-04-28T12:00:00+00:00April 28th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Diane April 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Love it!! So many aspects of science to share…and your children look so captivated!

  2. Faigie April 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    When I saw the title of the post I thought you were going to try to balance bubbles on either side of a scale (lol)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Haha – I am not so sure I would know how to do that! LOL!

  3. Vanessa @Pre-K Pages April 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Aren’t those plastic test tubes the best?! Great activity, thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      They rock!!

    • Trisha April 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Where do you get them?

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 29, 2013 at 3:15 am

        You can purchase kid’s test tubes from Amazon (see link at the bottom of my post) or from most school supply stores.

  4. Margaret@YTherapySource April 29, 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Love all the visual tracking too! Another idea to go along with this would be to try blowing bubbles and balancing it on a string. Each child gets a small piece of string, then another person blows bubbles. The child runs to try to balance a bubble on the string that they are holding with two hands. I know it is not the same thing as a balance but just adds another form of the word and loads of fun, visual tracking, eye hand coordination and movement to the activity.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 29, 2013 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Oh my goodness, my kids would love it!

  5. Katherine Collmer April 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    This is so creative! I will use it as a visual motor activity with the children in my clinic! Thanks for sharing – pinned:)

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