BUBBLES: *CSA: Complete 10* Junior: complete 8* Brownie, Daisy: Complete 6*
1) First try to blow bubbles with plain water. Did the bubbles come together and float in the air like they do with bubble solution? There must be an ingredient or something more than just water that helps the bubbles to form.
2) Think about some household items that make bubble when you us them. Create a list and see what ingredients they have in common.
3) Trying to make your own bubbles. Come up with your own “formulas” to test and compare. Experiment with varying amounts of a soap products and water types (hot, cold, distilled, etc.) to determine what helps creates the longest-lasting bubbles. See how they compare.
4) Experiment with different objects to make bubbles. Make predictions about what might happen when you wave or blow into each item.
Will using wands of different sizes and shapes have an effect on the bubble?
Does it make a difference if you blow into or wave the object fast or slow?
Build a custom bubble wand using straws, pipe cleaners, or other materials and see what happens.
5) Create challenges such as making the biggest bubble or tallest bubble “tower.”
Using the engineering design process, plan, build, test, evaluate and redesign your bubble-makers, or design an obstacle course for your bubbles to travel through.
6) Use a timer to find out the duration in seconds that you can blow one bubble. How many seconds until a bubble pops?
7) Together with your group, pair off to play in partners and work together to blow up and pop the most bubbles in competition with the other teams.
8) Measure the diameters of your bubbles while being blown up and how far your bubbles travel.
9) Using pipe cleaners and straws, build three-dimensional shapes, such as cubes. Try making multi-sided bubbles.
10) Mix a couple of spoonful’s of tempera paint with water and a little bit of dish liquid in a cup. Make colored bubble solution that you can blow and catch onto paper to create bubble paintings. Use a smartphone or tablet to take pictures and video in time lapse.
More to investigate:
Bubbles can’t form in space
Bubbles can freeze
The largest bubble in the world measures 23 meters
Shrimps use bubbles to capture and kill their prey.
Bubble blowing is a practice that dates back to ancient times.
Chicago is the birthplace of soap bubble solution.
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