Catching and popping bubbles

I have been spending some extra time in my studio thinking of things I would like to invite my students to explore next fall. One of the processes I stumbled onto was a way to catch and pop some bubbles using construction paper and bubbles…

Catching Bubbles by Teach Preschool

I found these wonderful containers at the Dollar Tree so I picked up a handful of them to share with my grandsons…

Catching Bubbles by Teach Preschool

However, I noticed that after we blew bubbles in my classroom and even outside that many of the bubbles that landed on the floor or ground didn’t pop right away…

 Catching Bubbles by Teach Preschool

So a few days later, I set out to try my own experiment with the bubbles.  I set out sheets of construction paper on a table to see if I could catch some of these bubbles on the paper…

Catching Bubbles by Teach Preschool

I set the paper out on a table and then began blowing bubbles over the table and stopped to watch them fall on the paper…

Catching Bubbles by Teach Preschool

Some of the bubbles popped but many of them didn’t! The bubbles that didn’t pop, stayed good until later in the day…

Catching Bubbles by Teach Preschool

I tried painting the bubbles and dripping liquid water color on them but the paint brush would pop the bubbles and the liquid water color just rolled off. And I tried mixing color in with the bubbles ahead of time but they still looked clear on the white paper…

Catching Bubbles by Teach Preschool

So in the end, I filled up several sheets of construction paper with bubbles and invited my grandsons over to pop them with their fingers. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what I did with most of the popping session photos but I did happen to have one I put on Instagram so I am sharing that one photo…

Catching bubbles by Teach Preschool

And here is a quick video clip of the bubbles falling on the paper…

I was so excited to find bubbles that didn’t easily pop and had fun figuring out ways we can explore with these bubbles in my classroom next fall. In the mean time, you may want to know why these bubbles didn’t pop – that is something I can’t tell you because I don’t know why. All I can say is that these little containers of Dollar Tree bubbles hold some good strong bubble solution!

Catching bubbles by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-06-27T06:00:37+00:00June 27th, 2014|

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. Vivian McDermott June 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is totally awesome.

  2. Charmain Tonkin June 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    There’s a great segment on YouTube that shows
    what happens when you join lots of bubbles
    together. I think it’s called The Code – Shape.
    I watched some of it at a Numeracy workshop.

  3. Melanie June 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply


    I attended your workshop at CAEYC conference in 2010. I have a list of great songs you created, however, I do not have the tune to the songs. Can you help me?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      Wow, that was a long time ago! Yes, let me pull them together for you and send them your way. Give me a few days:)

  4. laura July 2, 2014 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Wow!! Have you tried to put it in the freezer? Other question, I have just find your little finger play page, IS SO USEFUL but I don’t know why I can see the slideshare presentation, is available? I would like to learn the rhythm of the songs you told me yesterday ( I am the lady who asked you yesterday about songs in instagram).
    Thank you very much and I love your blogs 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura,
      Love connecting with you here too! I wish I knew what was wrong with the slide shares. They have obviously changed their system and I am not savvy enough to know how to fix all the slideshares. I will add that to my list of to dos! So sorry about that!

      Oh, and I haven’t tried freezing the bubbles – but now I will! Great idea!

  5. best nursery school in dubai July 4, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

    This is a very clever idea. I love it and loved reading your blog. Will refer these to my parent community !

  6. Lauren Hunter July 9, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Hello Deborah,

    I’d like to discuss the permission to use some of your photographs for a digital resource. Could you please e-mail me at your earliest convenience? Thank you for your time.


  7. Jean Schuchmann May 2, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I found these bubbles about a year ago at Dollar Tree. I try and stock up during the summer, as they are a seasonal item. My young toddlers LOVE these bubbles, and they are so great for fine motor and eye/hand coordination as they try and catch them. Also, they are easy on the teacher, as I don’t have to continuously have to keep blowing! I’ll have to try blowing a tableful for them!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      I need stock up again this summer Jean!

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