Soap bubbles are globs of air enclosed in a film of soapy water. Children can make bubbles using homemade or store-bought blowers and bubble mixes. As the children wave the soapy wand or blower in the air, they are adding the air (gas) that forms the center of the bubble.
Let the kids have fun experimenting with bubbles. See who can blow the biggest bubble. See who can blow the longest lasting bubble. Have the kids make different bubble solutions and use different bubble blowers to see which works better. Have the children choose a criteria (biggest bubble, longest lasting, etc.), then predict which mix or blower will work the best. Compare a store bought bubble mix to a homemade mix.
When the children have finished experimenting with different bubble solutions and bubble blowers, have them draw (and label) a picture of today's activities using the terms: air, gas, and liquid.
|Store-Bought Bubble Mix|
- 1 part dishwashing detergent to 10 parts warm water
- drinking straws
- drinking straws and tape
- a paper cup with the end removed
- pipe cleaners shaped into circles
|Homemade Bubble Mix|