Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles
Are you looking for children’s object lessons using bubbles? Every child loves good, old-fashioned bubbles, but who wants to use a tiny wand and bottle? Think big instead. Make a big tub of inexpensive, long-lasting bubble mix and head outside. Here’s what you’ll need to make the bubble concoction:
1/4 cup glycerin (find at drugstores or big retailers)
1/2 cup dish soap
2 cups warm water
Mix the above mixture in a pan or laundry tub outside on a warm day and let your kids explore bubbles. Buy large wands at toy stores or make your own. Cut the insides off a large yogurt container lid so you have an empty circle. Wave fly swatters dipped in the bubble solution for hundreds of tiny bubbles. Try a plastic coat hanger or even a pipe cleaner shaped into a circle or square. Look around your house for more ideas. Anything with an opening works! The bigger, the better. For hours of fun, try children and bubbles.
The activity for this children’s object lesson using bubbles combines two favorite materials, flubber and bubbles, into one fun project. First, whip up a batch of flubber. When you combine glue and borax, you create a polymer and the result is flubber, an oozing, smooth-textured material that kids can’t resist. To make flubber, you’ll need:
- 7.5 oz. Glue bottle
- 1 tsp. Borax (found in the detergent section of supermarkets and retail centers)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Food coloring
- Two bowls
- Mix 3/4 cup water and the bottle of glue in a bowl. Add 6 drops of food coloring and mix again.
- Mix 1 tsp. borax and 1/3 cup water in another bowl, using a new spoon, until the borax is dissolved.
- Pour borax and water mixture into the glue and water mixture, stirring constantly. The mixture will bind and become difficult to stir.
- Let the flubber sit for 2 minutes before handling.
- Drain out any remaining water and place the flubber on a hard surface, such as a table.
- Slowly begin working it in your hands, rolling it on the table and gently stretching it. As you work the flubber, it warms up, becoming more pliable.
- Gently pull at the edges, while turning the flubber to stretch it out, as a pizza maker would stretch dough. When the flubber is so thin you can see through it, lay it on the table. Some portions of the flubber will be thinner than others.
- Slide the tip of a straw under a thin portion of the flubber.
- Press down on the edges of the flubber to seal it to the table.
- Blow gently into the end of the straw protruding out of the flubber. The flubber will slowly expand, forming a bubble.
- Seal the bubble by pressing down on the flubber around it, or keep blowing until the bubble pops.
When you’re done playing with the flubber, store it in a zip top bag or a plastic container. Don’t allow flubber to get on carpeting or fabric.