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Bubbles

A sheet of bubbles!

Bubbles encourages visitors to explore the principles and properties of the fascinating world of bubbles. Experience physics hands-on and close up as the bubbles reflect light and create rainbows. Explore the magic of surface tension as by seeing how big a bubble can stretch and by trying to change its shape.

Part of the magic of bubbles is their natural invitation to cooperation – someone blows them, someone else tries to catch them.  It is within this cooperation that new learning happens.  Children are able to observe others making bubbles and to combine what they see with their own explorations in order to problem solve and create something new.

Look at that one!

A Bubble Machine

Bubbles are deceptively simple.  They are beautiful, fun, and the gateway to some complicated science topics.  While exploring the exhibit, try to discover why a bubble is always a circle or why soapy water is needed to make a bubble.  The posters accompanying the exhibit explain surface tension, surface area, and the phenomenon of iridescence.

Children can test many different ways of making bubbles – by blowing air through a tube, waving a wand, stretching a film out of a tub, displacing water with air, or wetting their hands to create bubbles without a wand.  They can stack bubbles on top of each other to create a sculpture, make bubbles as large or as small as they want, and capture rainbows in a bubble film.




Teachers

Standards

Group Visits

Bubbles Exhibit Guide (K - Grade 3)

Resources
Soap Bubbles: Their Colors and Forces which Mold Them, by C. V. Boys



Parents

Games & activities
Bubbalogna: Bubbles online resource

Resources
Soap Bubbles: Their Colors and Forces which Mold Them, by C. V. Boys



Children

Games & activities
Bubbalogna Online

Resources
Pop! A Book about Bubbles, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Bubble, Bubble, by Mercer Mayer