In the Practical Life area of a Montessori classroom, you will find children pouring, spooning, scooping, sponging, slicing, spreading ladling, and using tongs and tweezers to transfer items. It’s where they explore, chat and concentrate, too. Bubble making is an extension of the practical life curriculum, teaching order (systematic following of steps to achieve a desired result), motor skills and autonomy—and children love it!

bubble making for practical life

For this activity, you will need: a tray, bowl, spouted jug, dishwashing soap, water, whisk, fork, sponge and an eyedropper (an apron is optional). Have a look at the below tutorial by My Montessori Works for an example how this lesson might be presented in a Montessori classroom:

When presenting this lesson to your child at home, here are the basic steps:

1. Set up your work space
2. Take the measuring cup to the sink, and fill it with water
3. Carefully pour the water in the bowl
4. Add drops of soap solution to the water
5. Start whisking (using your whisk or your fork)
6. Pour out the bubbles into the sink and towel-dry your bowl
7. Use the sponge to clean the table if needed, and towel-dry table
8. Pack away bubble-making materials.

Once your little one is are familiar with the process, he will be able to do it independently from start to finish, as Trevor does in the video.

If you’d like further information about this tutorial, feel free to contact us at info@saintandrewsmontessori.com. We’re happy to answer any questions.

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