Bubbles and Balloons
Explore the best bits of bubbles and balloons! From blowing them to bursting them, discover all the amazing things you can do in between.
Can bubbles be made square? Are you brave enough to stick a skewer in a balloon? Can you put a person in a bubble?
You and your audience will be wowed by our giant bubbles and whizzing balloons. Get ready to have your curiosity stirred and enjoy exploring the properties of materials.
Primary schools often book this show for their younger years, combined with another of our primary shows for Key Stage 2 pupils.
3 – 7 year olds, families or mixed age groups, festivals and events
We will need the venue to provide
Two long tables, a floor that can get wet!
Key Stage 1
- Using first-hand experience and simple information sources to answer questions
- Understanding how the shapes of objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching
- Understanding that pushes and pulls are examples of forces
- Recognising when things speed up, slow down or change direction, this is due to a force – for example, a push or a pull.
Key Stage 2
- Comparing everyday materials and objects on the basis of their properties, including hardness, strength and flexibility
- Understanding some materials are better thermal insulators than others
- Recognising differences between solids, liquids and gases, in terms of ease of flow and maintenance of shape and volume
- Observing changes that occur when materials are mixed
- Understanding that when objects are pushed or pulled, an opposing pull or push can be felt
Watch a sneak peak of how you can try one of the demonstraions in the show at home, making different shaped bubbles!
Key Stage 1
After watching the show, key stage 1 pupils should:
- Develop investigative skills, asking how? Why? What will happen if?
- Be able to use experiences from the show to answer questions
- Understand that gravity is a force that pulls things down
- Understand that bubbles contain air
- Understand that forces can make things move or change direction
- Describe simple physical properties of water, rubber, air and soap
- Appreciate that air is a substance
Key Stage 2
After watching the show, key stage 2 pupils should:
- Be able to name some simple 2D and 3D shapes
- Recognise that bubbles are spheres
- Understand that bubbles are made from air, soap and water
- Make hypotheses based on experience
- Describe the effects of simple forces on bodies
- Understand that air has mass
Science Made Simple
The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.
Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||19 February 2020|
|Last modified||19 February 2020|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Cross curricular, Science, Physics, Working scientifically, Practical work, Enquiries and investigations, Demonstrations, Chemistry|
|Age||4-5, 5-7, 7-11|
|Running times||1-4 hours|
For your Science Made Simple show day, can have up to three performances of the show for £575+VAT, exclusive of travel.
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