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Bubbles and Bubble Wands
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Type: Games   Skills: Critical ThinkingLanguage & LiteracyScience & Environment
Have you ever noticed how babies and toddlers are always looking around, touching things and trying to figure out how everything works? What you’re seeing is actually the basis for “thinking like a scientist.” In this activity, you’ll learn how making bubbles at home can spark your child’s interest in science. Bubbles and Bubble Wands
What We Learn
Critical thinking skills
Problem solving
Language development
Supply List
Aluminum pie tin
Liquid dishwashing soap
Water
Glycerin (optional)
Pipe cleaners
Wire hangars
Goggles (for young children)
How-To
Why buy bubble solution at a store when you can easily create your own bubble solution with ingredients in your own home! Simply pour about one cup of liquid dishwashing soap into a bowl or container. Add about three tablespoons of water. Finally, add one tablespoon of glycerin. Glycerin is an optional ingredient which will help make the bubbles stronger. Glycerin is not absolutely necessary though if you don’t have any readily available in your home.
Mix all these ingredients together using a spoon. When you’re ready to begin making bubbles, pour some of your solution into an aluminum pie tray. You can keep the rest of your bubble solution in a container for use later.

To make a bubble wand, simply bend pieces of pipe cleaner together to form your wand. For a larger bubble wand, you can bend a wire hanger into the shape of your wand. When working with wire, remember to cover with duct tape any sharp edges which may become exposed. Also, make sure to test your bubble wand to make sure that the end that is being dipped into the solution is flat enough and can be completely submerged in the bubble solution. Also, you may want to give very young children goggles so when bubbles pop, solution doesn’t get in their eyes.

You can create different sized wands to create small or large bubbles. You can even create wands of different shapes – square, rectangular and oval.

When children start playing with the bubble wands and creating bubbles, encourage them to talk about what they are observing with the bubbles. Ask them open-ended questions. Why are some bubbles bigger than the other bubbles? Why do some bubbles pop in mid-air while others pop when they hit the ground? How can a square wand create a round bubble? What colors do they see being reflected in the bubbles?
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