Need an activity to keep your toddlers and preschoolers busy and entertained when you have to tend to the baby or to prepare lunch? Build some bubble towers! Your kids will love building big, fluffy bubble towers, and you’ll love how quick and easy this activity is to set up and set up and clean up!
Is there a kid out there who doesn’t love bubbles? Whether the hooligans are blowing gigantic bubbles in the backyard or just messing around with a soapy water activity, they’re in their glory. Bubbles are fun and fascinating, and always keep the kids happily.
Today I’m going to show you one of my toddlers’ favourite bubble activities. It can be done indoors, so it’s perfect for keeping kids entertained while you’re preparing lunch or dinner. It’s a great quiet time activity too.
To set up your Bubble Tower activity, you’ll need:
- cups or glasses (choose plastic if glass concerns you)
- drinking straws
- a few drops of liquid dish soap
- shallow pan to contain bubble over-flows
How to build a bubble tower:
Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, simply put a small amount of water in each cup and add a few drops of dish soap.
Set the cups in your shallow pan, and hand out the drinking straws!
Before you begin, remind your children that they need to blow OUT and not suck IN, or they’ll wind up with a mouthful of soapy water. You can have your children practice this first, if need be, by blowing through the straw to move a tissue or pompom across the floor or table top. Of course, if you think your child is too young to grasp the concept of blowing out through the straw, this activity is best left until he or she is a little older.
Now that everyone’s clear on the blowing process, have ’em stick those straws in their cups, and BLOW!
And of course, this is where the fun begins. First of all, the sound of all that gurgling and bubbling happening in the cups sounds great. Then of course, there are the bubbles! It’s so cool to watch how quickly they grow and expand, spilling over the edges of the cup. The more you blow, the bigger and higher the pile of bubbles becomes. We call them bubble towers. They’re pretty cool. They wobble and jiggle, and if you can get them tall enough, they eventually tip over. It’s fun to see who can blow the biggest bubble tower.
It’s fun too, to stick your fingers into the tower of bubbles to discover how wonderfully light and airy they are!
The last time I set the hooligans up with this bubble activity, they were at it for about a half an hour. I wonder how long your kids will stay with it for? If you’re looking for away to extend the bubble blowing activity, have a look at this post to see how you can create coloured art with your bubbles!
Looking for more fun ways to play with bubbles? Check out these fun bubble activities for kids!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.