Bubbles and Balloons


In one of science made simple’s most popular shows, we 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 you make a bubble last forever?

Can bubbles be made square?

Are you brave enough to stick a skewer in a balloon?

Can you make a balloon helicopter?

You and your audience will be sure to be wowed by our giant bubbles and whizzing balloons. In this hour long show, they will be sure to have their curiosity stirred and will be encouraged to explore the properties of materials.

Science made simple have performed Bubbles and Balloons across the the UK. Primary schools often book this show for their younger years, combined with another of our primary shows for Key Stage 2 pupils.

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Curriculum Links

bubbles_abbyKey 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


Learning Objectives

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



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What people say about us

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    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy