Bubble Trouble Book Activities

Summer is a perfect time to explore with bubbles. This week we read books about bubbles and did book activities with bubbles. We used bubbles to not only learn about literacy but to create art, build problem solving, and begin basic counting skills. The book activities this week were based on  “Bubble Trouble” by Margaret Mahy.

Bubble Trouble is the story of a young girl named Mabel who blows a bubble that captures her baby brother. Baby floats through the town in the bubble with all the towns people wondering how to bring the baby down! The book  had a lot of alliteration — and was somewhat lengthy– but overall the boys liked it. If you are going to read it aloud, you might want to practice first. I’m not kidding. “But then she bellowed, Gracious, Grevelle, and she groveled on the gravel.” Yep, gotta practice that!
After reading the story, we made a bubble painting. Book Activities making bubbles
First we stuck white circle labels on blue paper. Logan is 2 and fascinated with stickers.book activities making bubbles
Then we added glue on top of the circles.book activities making bubbles
We sprinkled glitter on top and voila, glittery bubbles.

book activities making bubbles

Since there was a baby in the story, we had to do an activity with our baby, Tyson, too.
I made these exploratory bags for both boys. These were for Logan:

book activities making bubbles

They are filled with liquid soap and hair gel. He could squeeze them and see bubbles form and pop!
These were for Tyson:

book activities making bubbles

I put tiny objects that I don’t want in his tiny mouth in the bag, added water, and taped it closed. He could push the bag and watch the items move all around. (I got this idea from my Parents as Teachers Educator).
Of course, we had to make a book, too. We made a bubble counting book using the same white circle stickers!


  1. says

    Love the exploratory bags, I might just need to do this too :)
    I like listening to other people who aren’t as practiced read books like this aloud (like my hubby), makes me giggle 😉

  2. says

    I love this book but I like this idea even better. I am having a lot of fun looking around your blog. It’s so nice to meet another mum passionate about children and reading :)