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Bubbles in a Cup

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Bubbles in a cup is a great summer activity for outside. It teaches concentration and attention span, strengthens the muscles of the mouth, provides a science lesson, teaches following directions, and is lots of fun!


  • Towel to soak up spills if inside
  • Tray under the cup or bowl
  • Flat-bottomed bowl or cup – one per child
  • A little Liquid detergent for dishes in water
  • Straw – one per child
  • (for bubbles that float, add a little cooking oil)


1. If inside, put down a towel on the floor under their work.

2. Squirt dishwashing liquid into the bowl.  Not much is needed.

3. Add a little water – maybe 1 inch).

4. Hand them a straw (If they do not know how to blow, blow air through a straw onto their arm, then let them try.)

5. Let them blow bubbles galore – the bubbles may overflow the bowl.  They’ll love it!

6. Warn them not to suck. (A little won’t hurt them if they do swallow it.)


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