Bubbles Unit

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We’ve got a whole week dedicated to bubbles! Start it off with this unit lesson on bubbles – with lots of fun science experiments and fun activities to do. If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Animal Classification Unit -- another unit lesson with fun crafts & activities from My Activity Maker.

Preparation:
*Did you know? A bubble is made of a thin film of soapy water and usually filled with air. The warm air we blow into the bubble makes it rise. No matter what shape a bubble starts in, it will always form itself into a sphere (a ball shape).

This shape has the least amount of surface area, so it is also the one that is the most efficient – the bubble requires less energy to float. But when bubbles meet, they do not stay as spheres. Instead, they will merge their walls to minimize the surface area. The rainbow color you see in a bubble is the reflection of light off the bubble. When the bubble is about to burst, you’ll notice the bubble wall looks black – this is because the bubble wall is becoming very thin and not reflecting as much light.



Activity #1: Bubble Art

What You’ll Need:
*Heavyweight white paper
*Bubble solution & bubble wands
*Paint
*Small jars or plastic containers

Activity:
*Pour some bubble solution into the jars/plastic containers. Add some paint – about half as much paint as bubble solution. Use the wands to stir.
*Use the wands to blow bubbles onto the paper. Because of the paint, they will not be very big, so lean close to the paper to get a better design.


Activity #2: Bubble in a Bubble

What You’ll Need:
*Bubble Solution & bubble wand
*Straw

Activity:
*Blow a bubble with the bubble wand.
*Wet the straw and insert it into your bubble at about a 45 degree angle. Gently blow another bubble inside the first.



Activity #3: Bubble Shapes

What You’ll Need:
*Pipe cleaners or floral wire
*Bubble Solution
*Shallow plastic tray

Activity:
*Pour some bubble solution into the shallow tray.
*Bend the pipe cleaners/wire into various shapes. Dip into the tray and blow bubbles. Take a picture right as the bubble is coming out. You’ll see the bubble shape in the picture, but it changes so quickly into a sphere, you won’t see it while blowing!


Activity #4: Feeling the Bubbles

What You’ll Need:
*Bubble solution & bubble wands
*Straw

Activity:
*Wet your palm and use it as a table for blowing bubbles. Feel the air going into the bubble and feel the bubbles expand on your hand.
*Dip the straw in bubble solution, hold it close to your palm, and blow gently.



Activity #5: Frozen Bubbles

What You’ll Need:
*3 Glasses or jars
*Saran Wrap
*Bubble solution
*Straw

Activity:
*Wet the glasses/jars. Fill with a few tablespoons of bubble solution. Use the straw to blow bubbles in the jar and fill it up.
*Cover with saran wrap. Place one in the fridge, one in the freezer, and one in the sun. Which bubbles last the longest?


Frozen Bubbles


Activity #6: Bubble Games

What You’ll Need:
*Bubble solution & bubble wands

Activity:
*Bubble Tag: A bubbly twist on traditional Tag. Give the person who is "IT" bubble solution and a wand. There’s no running in this game – the person who is "IT" walks around trying to blow bubbles on the other players. If you get tagged with a bubble, you are "IT".
*Bubble, Bubble, Pop: Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" – the first person walks around the circle gently blowing bubbles on each child’s head (instead of saying "Duck"). When they get to the "Goose," they blow a bubble, and gently Pop it on their head.

*Send us a picture of your kids and their bubble games, science experiments, or art we may post it to our site! info@mycalendarmaker.com.

Suggested Resources:
*The science of bubbles
*Guiness Book of World Records: Bubbles Watch this amazing video of the world’s largest bubble!

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