Bubbles and Balloons


In one of science made simple’s most popular shows, we explore the best bits of bubbles and of 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?

– Or even make a balloon helicopter?

Your audience will be sure to be excited by our giant bubbles and whizzing balloons, they will have their curiosity stirred and will be encouraged to explore the properties of materials. This and so much more are covered in this interactive and memorable show!

We’ve performed Bubbles and Balloons across the whole of the UK. Primary schools often book this show for their younger years, combined with another of our primary shows for Key Stage 2 pupils.


Bubbles and balloons is suitable for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 primary school pupils, as well as for family shows at festivals. The show duration is between 45 minutes to an hour, to fit in with your timetable, and is suitable for as many people who can comfortably fit in your venue. Please note this show contains demonstrations which use water and bubble mix, which will be spilled on the floor.


Curriculum Links

bubbles_abbyKey Stage 1

  • Use first-hand experience and simple information sources to answer questions
  • How the shapes of objects made from some materials can be changed by some processes, including squashing, bending, twisting and stretching
  • Pushes and pulls are examples of forces
  • Recognise that when things speed up, slow down or change direction, there is a cause for example, a push or a pull.

Key Stage 2

  • Compare everyday materials and objects on the basis of their material properties, including hardness, strength and flexibility
  • Some materials are better thermal insulators than others
  • Recognise differences between solids, liquids and gases, in terms of ease of flow and maintenance of shape and volume
  • Changes that occur when materials are mixed
  • 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




If you are interested in booking, or have any further questions, please register your interest here and we will contact you. Or you can call us on 02920 876 884 or email info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk

What people say about us

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    • “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
    • “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
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “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
    • “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
    • “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
    • ‘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