Friday, July 6, 2012

How to Make Bouncing Bubbles and some Bubble Science

We recently checked out the book, "Pop! a Book About Bubbles" by Kimberly Bradley.  It's from the Let's Read and Find Out Series.  It's a fun book that teaches about bubbles in a way that even  young children can understand and leaves you wanting to go play with some bubbles!
   
bouncing bubbles, bubble science

We used the bubble recipe found here at Steve Spangler's website. You'll need 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap, 1 tablespoon of glycerin, and some knit gloves for catching the bubbles.  According to the recipe, you should mix it a day before you want to use it.  

The kids had a blast trying to catch these bubbles because they really would bounce off their gloved hands.  We tried to catch them without a glove on and they popped instantly.  According to the Spangler website, the reason the bubble pops on the ungloved hand is dirt and oil on our skin destroys the bubble.

bouncing bubbles, bubble science

Another experiment we tried was blowing bubbles with different shaped wands.  I made a square, triangle, and circle wand from chenille stems.  I asked the kids what shape bubble they thought it would make.  They all answered that a square wand would make a square bubble etc.  Once I explained that the air trapped inside the bubble would push on the bubble's skin in all directions equally, Little J decided that it would make a round bubble.

*You should be able to find glycerin at your local pharmacy.  It may be behind the counter, so ask your pharmacist if they have any in stock.*



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14 comments :

Lindsay said...

Cute activity!! Do the bouncing bubbles only work if you make your own bubble solution?

Raising a Happy Child said...

Fun experiments! We love blowing bubbles and also experimented with differently shaped wands. Anna was so surprised that all the bubbles came out round :)

Megan @ CoffeeCupsandCrayons said...

So fun! Never tried bubbles with gloves before--just pinned this!

Gina said...

Oh, I love the idea of trying to bounce them on your hands. My little guy would get a kick out of that! :)

Sherri said...

Bubbles are always fun!
I'll have to try this!

Dawn said...

We will have to try that.
Blessings, Dawn

Ticia said...

Differently shaped wands are always so much fun!

Kelli Becton said...

pinned pinned~ to my hs science fun board ;) looks like fun to me!

Christy said...

I have to do this! Where do you buy glycerin?

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said...

I asked for glycerin at our local pharmacy. They had it behind the counter...not sure why...

Kelly

pinkoddy said...

That's really interesting - especially about the glove.

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

This is very cool! Where did you get glycerin? I have always wondered! Pinning this! Thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase!

Carrie said...

Oh, how fun!! I love this. We will have to check this book out and try some experiments as well. Thank you so much for sharing this at Sharing Saturday!! I will definitely be featuring this post this week!!

Lorie K said...

Great idea! I featured you in my Kid's Co-op post today!