Well, we tried to freeze bubbles once again today, and although still not what I was aiming for, we did at least have some success this time! There is more learning in scientific failures than immediate successes, right?! ;) We learned that smaller bubbles work better than bigger ones, and that we had to keep them protected from even the slightest breath of air. Mostly, as soon as we would start to see the tiniest bit of crystallization/freezing, the bubble would pop. Seeing them pop in these temperatures was pretty cool, too though - instead of just disappearing, they would send out a little poof of frosty, flaky bubble shards. But, see how these two bubbles are cracked, dented, and broken, but still there? They're frozen...we did it!
One of my favorite hand-eye coordination/visual tracking exercises: BUBBLES!!! Also great for relational mathematics vocabulary like smallest & biggest, and of course the science of surface tension! Plus, isn't there just something so magical about bubbles?! :)
We had big fun with paint bubbles this morning! Bubbles are always fun...add a bit of paint and some paper for print-making, and it's extra exciting! :)
Hmmm, what to put in the sensory tub for the first day back from a week of winter sickness....OH, soapy water!!! :) We've been splashing, and making lots of bubbles, (and washing our hands without even realizing it!) all day!! :)
Now a full week into 2015, I have so enjoyed looking back on what an amazing year 2014 was! I was blessed enough to spend MANY special moments with some super special kids, and thankful that some of those moments were even preserved on camera. I have chosen my very favorite photos from the past year, and I hope you all will enjoy getting a glimpse of the joy, learning, friendships, and excitement that we have experienced together. As with all photos, what makes them great is the story behind them, so I've added descriptions to some that explain why they are my favorites. Just click the post link to see all the photos!
Today we had fun with this science activity from Growing A Jeweled Rose. We started out with a tub of oil and first we added colored water. The kids loved how the colors made "bubbles" in the oil and they even discovered that they could mix colors within the color bubbles.
Next, we added colored vinegar to our oil tray and got pretty much the same results as with the water, which is what the kids had predicted. The excitement came with the next step, when we added baking soda to our tray and watched our colorful (or, mostly one shade of dark green by this point, after discovering they could mix the colors :) ) "bubbles" erupt and bubble even more!
Soapy water is my FAVORITE sensory tub filler! When they're done, everything is even cleaner than before they started! :) Today we played with a small amount of soapy water and big sponges, so they could push them and work up a really good lather!
It's not very often around here that we play with something that leaves the area cleaner than when we started!
Today we learned and experimented with bubbles! I got out a few bowls of soapy water and some straws with holes poked near the top (to help prevent the soap from going all the way UP the straw and into mouths!), and we got to work blowing bubbles. We learned that you have to blow soft and slow to make BIG bubbles,
...and blow fast and hard to make LOTS of little bubbles.
We learned that if your hand is dry, it will pop your bubbles (aka, breaking the surface tension), but if it is wet, you can put it (and just about anything else!) INSIDE your bubbles!
And since the letter list that we're working on right now is the letter B, we got out our Bugs to Blow Bubbles around and came up with lots of relevant words to add to our list today!
Today we tried out lots of different ways to make bubbles! We had a big bucket of bubble solution and had fun blowing bubbles until it was almost all gone! We used the traditional bubble wands that come with bubble bottles,
...we really gave those fine-motor hand muscles a work-out by making our own bubble wands with fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners).
We used straws and string to make giant bubbles,
...and we used cut off plastic bottles with nylon pieces rubberbanded to the end to make lots and lots of little bubbles...bubble snakes!
The kids really had fun stomping those "snakes" after they fell to the ground!
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