Summer Fun Day 5: Bubbles

Bubbles

Today we made some awesome bubbles.  We also had fun with writing, math, and science.

Read:   Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradely

Discuss: A bubble has a very thin liquid skin filled with air, like a balloon has a rubber skin filled with air. The rubber skin of a balloon and the liquid skin of a bubble will stretch when filled with and will eventually pop if fill with too much air. If you let the mouthpiece of a balloon go before you tie it the rubber skin with squeeze the air out of the balloon as it flies around the room. The same thing will happen if you start blowing up a bubble and then stop. You can tie a balloon to keep the air inside, or flip the bubble wand over to close up a bubble. A bubble will always shape into a sphere.

Super Bouncing Bubbles

Materials:

  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap
  • 1 tablespoon of corn syrup
  • Pair of clean knit gloves
  • Small bubble wand

Directions:

  1. Make up a batch of Super Bouncing Bubble solution with the ingredients listed above. Let your bubbles sit for a day to allow the bond in your bubble solution to strengthen.
  2. Using a small bubble wand, blow a bubble about the size of a baseball.
  3. Bounce the bubble off of your gloves.IMG_2316 IMG_2319 IMG_2320 IMG_2325

Discuss:  We know that regular bubbles pop when they touch just about anything. Why? Because a bubble’s pop when they touch oils and dirt like on our hands. A “super” bubble will bounce off of a surface if it is very clean with no oil or dirt.

The Journey of a Bubble

J used pages 17-22 of The Journey of a Bubble download to play a little game,IMG_2338

write a story, and then illustrate it.

Bubble Snake

Materials:

  • Water
  • Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
  • Corn Syrup
  • Plastic Bottle
  • Old Dish Cloth

Directions:

  1. Make the bubbles with 1/2 gallon water, 1/3 cup dawn dish-washing liquid, 3 tablespoons light corn syrup. Add the Dawn last and let the bubble solution sit over night.
  2. Cut bottom off of your plastic bottle. Cut an old dish cloth into a circle large about 2 inches larger than the bottom of the bottle. 
  3. Put washcloth piece over bottom of bottle and secure with a rubber band. 
  4. Put some bubble solution in a bowl and dip washcloth end of bottle into bubbles.
  5. Gently blow into open end of bottle. Don’t suck in or you will get a mouth-full of soap.IMG_2327 IMG_2331

Bubble Equations

J used pages 6 and 7 of Bubble Equations download to review his addition facts.

Bubble Colors

Materials:

  • Water
  • Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
  • Corn Syrup
  • Small Clear Plastic Lid
  • Clear Tape
  • Flashlight
  • Straw

Directions:

  1. Make the bubbles with 1/2 gallon water, 1/3 cup dawn dish-washing liquid, 3 tablespoons light corn syrup. Add the Dawn last and let the bubble solution sit over night.
  2. Tape the plastic lid over the end of the flashlight that shines.
  3. Turn the flashlight on and hold it so the light shines straight up.
  4. Dip your finger in the bubble juice and wet the lid. Put a spoonful of bubble juice on the lid. With a straw, blow one big bubble to make a bubble dome that covers the whole lid.
  5. Turn off the lights in a very dark room and hold the flashlight so that the bottom of the bubble dome is just above your eyebrows.
  6. Watch the swirling colors. If you put the wet straw into the bubble dome and blow very gently, you can move the colors around.  

Discuss:  The colors of a soap bubble come from white light, which is really all the colors of the rainbow. When white light reflects off the soap film bubble, some of the colors get brighter, and others disappear. The colors on a bubble look brightest when there’s white light shining on the bubble and a black background behind it. The colors come from the light that’s reflecting from the soap film. The black background helps to keep the light that’s shining through it from from washing out the colors on the other side of the bubble.

Then J used page 12 of Bubble Equations download to shade in the colors he saw on the bubble.

Summer Fun Unit Study

Day 1: The Sun

Day 2: Water

Day 3: Baseball

Day 4: Watermelon

Day 5: Bubbles

Day 6: Lemonade

Day 7: Water Balloons

Day 8: Ice Cream

Day 9: Swimming