**This maths game is simple and fun,**

**It is best played outside in the Sun.**

**It does take some washing – up liquid,**

**Making bubbles in a race that can be won.**

**Maybe maths may be too difficult to mention,**

**But not if seen, through a bubbly dimension.**

**If it seems like you’ve had enough maths kinda stuff,**

**Take a deep breath and give a big “PUFF !”.**

**There’s a little bit of velocity in every “HUFF !”.**

**See how many bubbles you can make disappear,**

**Some sums of subtraction … and all becomes clear !**

**When it seems like maths can’t get much worse,**

**Think of bubbles in the Cosmos, spinning around a maths universe !**

**As easy as learning your A – B – C, **

**Bubbles multiply, 1 – 2- 3 (which makes maths theory easier to see !).**

**In every bubble is a magic physics trick, **

**When the bubble “POPS !”, the answer suddenly “CLICK !”.**

**All of your problems with algebra maths,**

**Will be solved with a million and one bubbles in hot, soapy baths.**

**… Teddy Freddie can help, too, to blow … ready steady go, watch the bubbles rise high and low …**

*** Teacher’s note – this maths poem can be used as an introduction to all different kinds of arithmetic and geometric concepts such as : ratio (washing – up liquid concentration) ; spheres and arcs ; volume and size ; angles and distance travelled ; velocity ; height and weight (or weightlessness) ; surface area, areas and distance (covered by a bubble) ; subtraction (if a number of bubbles burst) ; multiplication (with each blow) ; decimals, fractions and percentages (as a number burst).**

*** Teacher’s note – this exercise can also be used as a good English writing prompt – describing the bubble’s journey.**

Jacqueline Richards 2008

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