13 Games with Gases

by Deb on April 28, 2011

Blowing Bubbles

Got the jokes out of your system? Good. Gases are strange for little kids (and lots of big people too). We can feel them, even smell them, but can’t see them. They’re the first things little people meet that are invisible but real. Playing games helps them get the concept that ‘there’s something there.’

  1. Blowing Bubbles – the classic and still great fun. Especially with catchable bubbles or making your own bubble mix.
  2. Bubble painting – Fill a tray with a mix of water, food colouring and detergent and get to it with your straws. Then gently lay a piece of paper over the foam. Works well if you draw something like fish with crayons first, lovely underwater scenes.
  3. Straw painting – or forget the water and foam and just paint by blowing through a straw. Drip a little food colouring or water paint onto paper then move it around by blowing on it.
  4. Bubble bath – and they float! Actually a hit with both my girls has been a mixing bowl with water, food colouring, detergent and a hand mixer to whiz it all up with. Bubble Bath
  5. Balloons – especially fun if you don’t blow them up completely and try sitting on them and squashing them.
  6. Hot air balloons – You can make your own hot air balloon with just a tea bag and a match, as shown in the link and video.
  7. Parachutes – A staple of $2 shops, or make your own by experimenting with toys, plastic bags and string. It’s a great challenge for older kids to see if they can get their toy down safely.
  8. Pinwheels – fun for all ages, from babies watching them spin to older kids making their own. Spinning
  9. Blowing – for little babies learning where their hands and feet are, blowing on them is another sensation. Both of my girls loved having their faces blown on when they were little, I still do it when trying to calm them down! And of course blowing is fun for them too,especially if they have little bits of foam or paper to try to move around.
  10. Windchimes – Another beautiful way of observing the movement of gases around us, a great toy for a baby’s room to go with the mobile or older kids can make their own. spoons and beads
  11. Containers in the bath – pushing them down and trapping the air, or letting it out then pulling the water up with them.
  12. Compressing syringes – we can’t be the only household that seems to collect syringes, they’re another way to show that gases can be squashed. Put your finger over the end and push, or just use them to puff things over.
  13. Smell – from flowers to food, we smell because of gases. Do you give your little ones smelling experiences? Bruise leaves or herbs for them, include them in the cooking, even the different smells after the rain are all things they can observe.

Do you have another way of showing your kids that gases are there?

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Catherine April 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

I’m not sure about them really being games, but I always think watching steam from the kettle and smoke from the fire are good ways to show gases are there. Also, making gases in reactions – like fizzing when you mix bicarb and vinegar.
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Deb April 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm

How could I forget bicarb and vinegar? Especially since I now know about 7 things to do with it?
I’ve always loved flames, the geek in me finds the idea of high-techy-sounding-things like plasma and ionised gases right there in your campfire very cool.

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CountryDew April 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Found the blowing on the kids to calm them down quite interesting! Wonder if that work with adults, or would they just think you’d lost it!?!? Very intriguing TT!
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Deb April 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I giggled. I suppose it’s distracting, doesn’t stop a full on tantrum but it gets their attention.

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Adelle Laudan April 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

We taught our dog to give hugs by blowing on her lol I know, totally off topic. That’s the way I roll 🙂 Fun post. Happy T13!

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Jamie @ hands on : as we grow April 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Yet another great list of games – and I would have never thought of the concept of Gases! lol 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing again on It’s Playtime!

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Harriet April 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Xakara April 29, 2011 at 4:47 am

Crayola now has colored bubbles so you can teach them about gasses and colors all at the same time. *smile*

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Natalie April 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

So many awesome ideas here – I have to consider making wind chimes and parachutes. We also love to use the straws to “race” light balls or crumpled paper.
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Charlene May 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

I had this experiment back in my high school days when we made a clay-made volcano erupt. I did this with my nieces as well and they were so amazed. I explained it to them –I just hope they understood my simple scientific explanation about it. And all I heard was aww. It’s funny how they realize the wonders our world has. Another experiment I let them do is putting mentos on a bottle of soft drinks. It was cool! Thanks for this list!!

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