Measurement: Bubble Mania

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In this math lesson, learners practice measurement skills as they examine a soap bubble print. Learners follow a recipe to make a soap bubble solution. They use the soapy solution to blow large bubbles with a plastic drinking straw until the bubbles pop, leaving behind circular prints. Learners find the diameter, circumference, and area of the bubble print.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Bubble wand, paper cup with bottom cut out, or other device to blow bubbles
  • Bubble solution
  • Cut-out of circle for board demonstration
  • Ruler
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Plastic containers to hold bubble solution
  • Water
  • Liquid measuring cups
  • Small cloths
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Rulers (30 cm)
  • Sentence strips
  • Spoons or paint stirrers
  • Laminated grids designating square units (approximately 45cm x 45cm)
  • Activity Sheets: Centimeter Square Graph Paper


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Circles
    • Number and Operations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, PBS, 2012

Funding Source:

  • US Department of Education