Bubble Science

Introduction: Many schools will have a three day weekend with Memorial Day coming up so there is plenty of free time on your hands! Making your own bubbles is always fun especially when they are made with science so lets get started!

Materials: 

  • Water                                      

    baby

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  • Baby shampoo                            
  • Package of unflavored gelatin (ex. Knox brand)
  • Corn syrup
  • Shallow baking dishes
  • Bubble-blowing materials, such as drinking straws, funnels, wire hangers etc.
  • Food coloring (optional)

Activity:

  • There are four different types of bubbles to make! You can make regular, bouncy, thick, and colorful bubbles.
  1. Regular all purpose bubbles- Begin by gently mixing one cup water to one cup baby shampoo with 1 tablespoon of sugar, and let the solution stand for a few hours. This solution is great for most bubble tricks, activities, and experiments. 
  2. Bouncy Jello Bubbles- Start by dissolving on package of unflavored gelatin into one cup of hot water (just boiled). Then add 1.5-2 ounces of glycerin, and 8.5 ounces of baby shampoo. Stir gently, the solution will turn to gel as it cools. Reheat it carefully in the microwave for about two minutes. The bubbles made from this will bounce off your clothes!
  3. Thick Bubbles- First mix 3 parts baby shampoo to one part water. When you make bubbles with this solution try to make a bubble inside of a bubble!
  4. Colorful bubbles- All you have to do to get colored bubbles is mix 1 drop of your choice of food coloring with the regular all purpose bubble solution. (Be careful they will stain you hands and clothes!) 
  • You can make your own bubble wands using by using pipe cleaners and shaping them however you want or you can cut up an old metal hanger and shape it too!

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Have fun and enjoy the bubbles!

Here are some other cool experiments and crafts to check out!

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MAY We Make Slime?

Introduction: Slime is cool and fun for kids to play with and help make but they should know the science behind it! Slime is formed form two main ingredients polyvinyl alcohol (a main ingredient in washable school glue) and borate ion (which you can get from borax, sodium tetraborate, or boric acid).  When the chemical reaction takes place the attraction makes the two molecules form long chains, and tons of those chains together form the slime we love! Now lets make some slime!

Materials:                                                                            

Borax

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  • Elmer’s Glue (clear, white, or glitter will do!)
  • Wooden Craft sticks
  • Green Food coloring (for the month of may!)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Polyvinyl alcohol
  • Water
  • Disposable cups
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Borax powder
  • Zip-close sandwich bag
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons

 

Activity:

  1. Mix 3/4 teaspoon of polyvinyl alcohol and 1/2 cup of water in a disposable cup to create a PVA solution; set aside.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of PVA solution to a sandwich bag and mix in 1/8 teaspoon of glow paint. Zip closed and squish around to combine well.

    GLUE

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  3. In a separate bag, combine 3/4 teaspoon of Borax powder with 1/2 cup of warm water, zip closed and mix by squishing until the powder won’t dissolve any further.
  4. In a new sandwich bag, combine two tablespoons of PVA solution with 2 teaspoons of Borax solution, zip closed and knead with fingers to combine.
  5. To make your goo glow, hold the bag up to the light, let it charge up and when the lights go off you’ll watch your DIY slime light up the night!
  6. You can add some glitter to make it sparkle if you want too!

 

Other Fun May Ideas:

Memorial day is coming up so here are some cool crafts and ideas to check out for a fun day!

https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/2012/05/sharing-memorial-day-with-kids.html

http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/mwreath.htm

 

 

 

 

Mothers Day Flowers

Introduction: Moms always love a gift from their children and the best gift to give is a home made gift filled with love. Mothers day is a good time to make the day special for your mom and have a fun relaxing day. In this activity we will be learning about flowers and labeling the parts of a flower.

Materials:

  1. Colored construction paper.

    supplies

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  2. Scissors
  3. Markers
  4. Glue or tape
  5. Ruler
  6. A photo of you and mom!

 

Activity: 

  • Begin measuring the stem of the flower with a ruler and make it as big as you would like!
  • Cut out the stem and label it on the back.
  • Next trace your hands to create the petals
    tracing hand

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    of the flower. Then cut out the petals and label them on the back.

  • Cut a circle for the center of the flower and glue a picture of you and mom over the front of it!
  • Once you have all your parts cut out glue them together to make a flower!

 

Continuing the activity: 

  • On the stem of the flower write Happy Mothers Day!
  • On each of the petals write something you love to do with your mom.
  • Mothers day

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    Be ready for lots of hugs and kisses because mom is going to love your art work!

 

Questions: 

  1. Can you label the different parts of a flower?
  2. What are the 2 things flowers need to grow?
  3. Do you know what pollination is? What animals contribute to pollination?
  4. Do you know your moms favorite flower?

 

 

Check out some other cool mothers day ideas to try!

http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Clay-Charms/2146

http://blog.growingwithscience.com/2009/05/weekend-science-fun-mother%E2%80%99s-day-science-projects/

https://www.education.com/activity/article/faux-stained-glass-flower/