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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Links to Grow On

Fun with Colorful Bubble Science by Teach Preschool

B is for Bbbbbb Bubble by Teach Preschool

Science for Kids: Hanger Balance by Kids Activity Blog

Exploring balance in preschool

This week, we brought out the levels and have been exploring balance in preschool…

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

We began our study on balance by reading the book Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  Ellen Stoll Walsh is one of our favorite authors and this is another great book by her!  She writes fun and simple stories that explore basic concepts such as counting, color mixing, and in this case balance…

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

In this book, two little mice and all of their friends play around with balance.  The two mice begin by creating a teeter totter.  When their friends decide to join them, the mice get a lesson in weight and balance…

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

After reading our story, I brought out a level.  We passed around the level and talked about how a level works.  I showed them how the bubble in the center of the level can show us if  something is balanced or unbalanced, like the mice on the teeter totter in our story.   Then we closely examined the bubble in the middle of our level…

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

Then the children set off to play with the levels and explore balance on their own.  At one table, the children found two different types of blocks, along with levels.  These blocks were a bit more challenging to stack and balance than traditional blocks.  The wooden cubes were found at a craft store.  These cubes came with a variety of sizes altogether in a large bag.  The other set of blocks are made of bamboo and were actually wind chimes purchased from the Dollar Store.  We simply cut the strings off that held them together.  They became a great addition to our block area!  Along with the blocks, we set out levels that were also found at the Dollar Store…

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

We also set out long cardboard strips that the children could use as a platform to set their level on, to see if their creations were balanced…

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

The children had an amazing time exploring these different materials.  They enjoyed stacking their blocks as high as they could to see if they would remain balanced or if they would fall down…

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

Exploring balance in preschool by Teach Preschool

Adding levels to our non-traditional blocks was  a unique way for our children to explore balance!

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Links to grow on:

Exploring weight and size with scales in preschool by Teach Preschool

Preschool at home: marbles and golf tee game by Pink and Green Mama

Homemade balance beam by In Lieu of Preschool

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