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Nothing brightens up a day like the magic of bubbles. Create a special occasion any time while stimulating co-active learning and discovery with these activities. Wouldn't be wonderful if all learning (and teaching) was this much fun!

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Bubble Tune
(Tune: "Row Row Row Your Boat". Try singing in rounds)
Blow, blow, blow your bubbles
Up into the sky.
Watch them float high above.
You can make them fly

Basic Bubble Solution
This basic bubble solution is a good mixture to use for begriming bubble exploration.  This solution gets better with age. Store unused solution in the refrigerator in a covered container.  Allow it to return to room temperature before using.

You Will Need:
A clean bucket  or  large container
10 cups cold, clean water
 (If you have hard water, use distilled.)
1 cup Dawn or Joy dishwashing liquid
3 - 4  tablespoons glycerin  (optional)

Pour the water into the bucket.  Add the dishwashing liquid and stir gently. For more durable bubbles, add glycerin (available at drugstores).

The Secret Recipe for Really Big Bubbles
Commercial bubble solution is designed to be light and thin so the bubbles float up into the sky, but for bubbles over 10" in diameter, you will need this thicker bubble mix.  As an added benefit, the colors of these bubbles will be more intense, since the wall of the bubble is thicker.

You Will Need:
A clean bucket  or  large  container
2 cups Joy or Dawn dishwashing liquid
6 cups water (distilled is preferred)
¾ cup light corn syrup

Pour ingredients into a clean bucket (container), stir well, then let the solution settle at room temperature for 3 - 4 hours.  Encourage the children to help measure, pour and stir.

The key to fantastic bubbles is making sure all surfaces that touch the bubbles are wet.  To demonstrate this, try sticking a wet finger into a bubble, then try sticking in a dry finger.

Clear the foam that builds up on the surface of the solution during play.  Foam causes bubbles to burst.

Bubbles are a great way to brighten up an overcast, humid day.  In fact, bubbles work best on such a day, especially after a rain, since high humidity is the key to making the best bubbles.  On dry days, you may need to add up to 50% more water to your solution.  The optimal time for bubble-blowing is early morning.

Bubble solution will harm grass, so you'll want to set up on a paved surface.  It makes floors and other ground surfaces very slippery, so encourage caution and be sure to dry them completely when done.

Blowing Bubbles
Dawn W. uses this activity to help young children understand that air moves objects.

Materials: Drinking straws, plastic dish, water, liquid dish detergent.

Description: Children use drinking straws to blow teacher prepared solution bubbles.  A little bit of water and detergent makes for loads of fun as children learn air flow.  A straw is inserted into individual plastic dish and child lightly forces air through straw to make bubbles in dish.  This activity can be expanded by using a few drops of food coloring and or lightly blowing bubbles air borne across butcher paper.  The designs are incredible.

Comments: Make sure to remind children to blow, no inhales, yuck!!!

bubble wandFun with Bubble Blowers
During this warm weather lesson plan pre-k children will use the science skills of observation, experimentation, prediction and evaluation.

You will need:
paper cups, straws, pipe cleaners, yarn, sieves, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes cut in half, several plastic dish pans, measuring cups and spoons. Purchased bubble pipes and solution are optional.

Bubble Mixture:
Water, liquid detergent, sugar, 
glycerin and (optional) food coloring.

Before you begin encourage the children to talk about 
their experiences with bubbles.  Reading one of the 
following books during storytime will help the discussion.

       Bubble Bubble   by Mercer Mayer
       The Magic Bubble Trip   by Ingrid Schubert
       Bubbles   by Bernie Zubrowski

The preschool children can help mix the bubble solution 
in plastic dish pans. 
                  1/4 cup liquid detergent
                  1/2 cup water
                  1  teaspoon sugar,  a few drops of glycerin  will
           strengthen the bubbles.

Provide a variety of bubble blowers (listed above) for  the young children to experiment with.  Give each child  time to try out the blowers.  While the children are  having fun help them notice that the blowers with large holes make large bubbles and the blowers with small holes make smaller bubbles.

Make those Bubble Blowers
For this preschool summer activity you will need: Straws, paper cups, bowls, pie plates and pipe cleaners.

A paper cup and a straw can make a bubble pipe.  Push the straw through the side of the cup near the bottom. With the cup upside down, place it in the solution. Keeping the cup upside down, remove it from the solution and blow through the straw.  Are the bubbles large or small?

Help preschool children poke holes in the bottom of the  paper cups, bowls and pie plates.  Dip the blowers in the solution and let the children experiment with blowing on the holes or waving the blowers in the air.  Ask the children, "What do you think would happen if you put more holes in your (cup, bowl etc.).

bubble blowersFinally, young children can create pipe cleaner wands to dip in the solution and wave through the air.  Encourage them to change the shape of their wands.

After returning to the classroom talk about which blowers children thought worked the best. Talk about air being inside of the bubbles and about how the bubbles have different colors because light changes when it shines through the bubbles. Ask the children why they think bubbles burst when they hit the ground.

       Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles
              I blew some pretty bubbles,
              They danced in the air.
              I watched them floating higher
              'Til Poof! They were not there.
              Where did my bubbles go, oh where?
                     by Josephine Newbury

Bubble Art Designs
The next time youngsters blow bubbles, provide 
construction paper at the end of the activity and allow 
them to catch some of the bubbles on a piece of the 
paper. Talk about why the popped bubbles leave a wet 
circle.  The preschoolers can draw around the wet 
outline and color designs.

bubble music Bubble Ballet
This circle time summer activity encourages expressive movement to music.

You will need:
A record player or tape recorder and gentle music. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" from the Nutcracker Suite or a selection from your rest time collection.
Optional prop:  Large circles (to represent bubbles) in a 
variety of colors.

As you sit with preschoolers during circle time discuss their previous experiences with bubbles.  Remind them how their bubbles floated and danced in the air, how the wind blew their bubbles, and how their bubbles burst as they touched the ground.  Talk about the different colors they saw when their bubbles danced in the sunlight.

Next, begin playing the music selection and ask the preschoolers to imagine that they are bubbles floating and dancing in the air.  If using the circle props, permit the youngsters time to choose their "bubble circle" and start the music again so that they can float and dance to the music.

When possible take a tape recorder outside and enjoy an outdoor Bubble Ballet.

Gelatin Bubbles
Experiment with bubbles during the winter and explore the concept of freezing with this activity.

Background: Discuss the fact that bubbles are made of air trapped inside a hollow liquid ball. They float up because the warm air blown inside is lighter than cool air outside the bubble. The colors visible in bubbles come from light reflecting on the bubble's surface.

Bubble Solution
1 quart of water
1 box of sugared Jello (for color and smell)
1/8 cup of glycerin,
1/2 cup Joy dishwashing liquid. Mix Well.

Procedure: Bundle up the class and head outside. Give each child a wand and some of the bubble mixture. Invite them to blow bubbles or wave their wands to created bubbles. They should discover that these bubbles don't always pop. Some will freeze and bounce. Allow the children lots of time to experience the bubbles.

Variation: As an inside activity, place a small amount of bubble solution in a cup. Use a straw to blow into the solution to create a mountain of bubbles. Make sure that the children understand that they can only blow into the straw.

Extension: Try to catch the bubbles that are blown. Have a bubble race to see who can cross the finish line without popping their bubble.

Bubble Wrap Activities

Texture Prints
Natalie T. suggests painting on a textured surface using sensory skills. 

Materials: Bubble Wrap, easel, paint and paint rollers.

Description: Attach a sheet of bubble wrap to an easel. Allow the child to apply
paint using paint rollers directly onto the bubble wrap. Next allow the child to 
continue painting with their fingers on the bubble wrap. Talk about how it feels, does it feel different than painting on paper? When the child is finished painting, take a sheet of paper and press gently onto the bubble wrap to make a print. Wipe the bubble wrap with a damp cloth and let the next child begin the process.

Comments: This is a great activity to include in a unit on the five senses or in  a unit on textures

Bulletin Board: Bubble Wrap Beehive 
This summer creative art project by Kris C. is a good recycling activity.

Materials: Yellow or gold (not metallic) paint, large bubble wrap, paint 
roller, white paper, black paint, yellow paint and a Sharpie marker.

Description: First, take the gold paint and the roller and roll the paint onto the bubble wrap. Make sure all the bubbles are covered well with paint.  Take the white paper and carefully lay it on top of the bubble wrap and gently press to get a good print. Gently peel off the paper and you'll have a nice "bee-hive" print on your paper.  Then when it dries, have each child dip their fingertip in the black paint and the yellow paint to make bees with their fingerprints.  When those dry, add wings and legs and you have a cute display for bulletin boards and parent boards!

Comments: You can cut out the shapes to resemble a more uniform beehive shape if you like.

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