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  • Science:
    Physical Science


  • PreK
  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8


Brief Description

Bubbles inspire learning, fun -- and they clean desks too. A nice Field Day addition!




Students will


  • learn about the materials needed to make bubbles.
  • experiment and discover the properties of bubbles.




Bubbles, recipe, field day

Materials Needed

  • dishwashing detergent (We have not verified this, but teachers on listservs have recommended Joy detergent because they found it has the right combination of ingredients; other detergents, those teachers say, do not work as well as Joy does.)
  • water
  • glycerin or corn syrup
  • straws
  • paper plates


Lesson Plan


Looking for a memorable conclusion to your field day festivities? Break out the bubbles! Have a contests to see which classroom blows the biggest bubble; the most bubbles at a time; the coolest looking bubbles

To make your own bubble solution, see Bubble Formulae from the Exploratorium and a word about glycerin.

You can use bubbles indoors or outdoors. Outdoors is probably best, unless the wind is blowing. Give each student a straw and a paper plate; pour some bubble liquid on the plate and let students experiment with blowing unique bubbles. Using bubbles indoors, however, offers a big advantage you might not have considered. Pour a small puddle of the bubble liquid on each student's desk and, at the end of the activity, the desks will be spotless! (Children must take care to keep the bubbles on their desk; bubbles can harm some carpets.)

More Bubble Activity Resources


Students write a brief paragraph describing their best bubble.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K-4.2 Physical Science
GRADES 5 - 8
NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.5-8.2 Physical Science
GRADES 9 - 12
NS.9-12.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.9-12.2 Physical Science

Find more great ideas for phys ed fun in Education World's Physical Fitness Archive.

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Originally published 05/30/2003
Last updated 06/02/2011