Homemade Bubbles! Activity
On a glorious sunny day, take advantage of the weather and blow bubbles! Your child will do a little kitchen chemistry when making the bubble solution and will get to practice making bubble-wand shapes. Throw in a little counting and motor skills in the fresh air and you're got a lovely day of learning ahead of you.
Note: It’s best to make the solution ahead of time and allow it to set for nice, strong bubbles. Bubbles do especially well in areas with high humidity.
What You Need:
- 1 cup of water
- 4 tbsp of Joy liquid dishwashing soap
- 2 tbsp of corn syrup or glycerin
- Colorful pipe cleaners
What You Do:
- Have your child help you combine the water, soap, and corn syrup or glycerin in a bowl. Let it sit overnight for the best bubbles!
- Have your child name some shapes, and help him draw them on a piece of paper.
- Now, let your child bend pipe cleaners to form the shapes! These will be the bubble wands. Make sure to leave a handle (or make one by attaching another pipe cleaner).
- When your child has made a nice assortment of different-shaped bubble wands, it's time to go outside and blow bubbles!
- While your child blows bubbles, stimulate his thinking: How many bubbles can he blow? Can he count the bubbles? How many bubbles will there be if he pops one? Which wand shape makes the best bubbles?
Save your wands and the bubble solution recipe for the next glorious sunny day!
Tina Cho has been an elementary teacher for 11 years, mainly in the kindergarten classroom. She is currently a freelance writer.