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Zoom In, Zoom Out

Bonkers bubbles

15 mins
Ages 5 – 7
Topics: Materials

Take a much closer look at this everyday object! Can your class use their reasoning skills to work out what it is?

You will need:

The classroom view of the images

Run the activity in 4 steps


Offer a unique view with a chance to take a closer look at an everyday object, will they be able to guess what it is?

(If the class are familiar with Zoom In, Zoom Out, skip this step)

Today they will be zooming in and out on some images – going in close and stepping back.


Open the classroom view and show the first image up on the screen. Ask the class what they think the image is, and why? What object does the first image remind them of? Why?


Show the next image. Ask them to describe:

  • colours 
  • shapes 
  • textures 

Have they changed their minds about what the image is? What do they think the image is now – and why? Keep zooming out, asking questions at each image.


Did they guess they were looking at a loaf of bread? What gave them a clue? Zoom back to the image when they figured it out. How did they know?

Discuss how much the class knows about the bread. Did they notice anything about the object today that they had never seen before? Why?

Background information

Lots of the breads we eat are made from three simple ingredients: flour, yeast and water. Bread gets its rise and spongy texture because of yeast, a living organism that produces carbon dioxide when it feeds off sugars in the flour. This creates the holes in the bread that makes it light and airy. Leaving the dough to rise or 'prove' makes it even lighter, baking then kills off the yeast.

Take it further

Do your pupils eat bread at home? What kind of bread do they eat? This BBC video shows the bread-making process from start to finish. Why not try making some bread with your class? STEM Learning has a great activity to help.

Image credit: Wellcome