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BLOWING BEAUTIFUL BUBBLES!
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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You Will Need:
Pour the water into the bucket.
Add the dishwashing liquid and stir gently. For more durable bubbles,
add glycerin (available at drugstores).
Secret Recipe for Really Big Bubbles
You Will Need:
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.
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.
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!!!
Fun with Bubble Blowers
You will need:
Before you begin encourage the children
to talk about
Bubble by Mercer Mayer
The preschool children can help mix the
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
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.).
Finally, 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.
Bubble Art Designs
You will need:
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.
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.
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
Materials: Bubble Wrap, easel, paint and paint rollers.
Description: Attach a sheet of bubble wrap
to an easel. Allow the child to apply
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
or gold (not metallic) paint, large bubble wrap, paint
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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