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Blowing Bubbles

Mix together 1/4 cup liquid detergent, 1/2 cup water, a few drops of food coloring, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Pour into a shallow container and use with the bubble blowers below.

Ask the children to compare the bubbles made from the different blowers.

Hint: Let the bubble solution age for a few days to make bubble blowing easier.

Bubble Prints

In a small margarine tub, mix one part liquid tempera paint with two parts liquid dishwashing detergent and stir in a small amount of water. (If you wish to use several colors, make a separate solution for each one.) Let one child at a time put a straw into the paint mixture and blow through it until the bubbles rise above the rim of the margarine tub. Then lay a piece of white paper on top of the bubbles and let the child rub across it gently. As the bubbles break, they will leave delicate prints on the paper. Try various kinds of paper for different results.

Hint: To prevent the children from accidentally sucking up the paint mixture, poke holes near the tops of the straws.

Counting Bubbles

Let the children take turns blowing all the bubbles they can with one breath. Have the rest of the children count the bubbles.

Rainbow Bubbles

Have the children blow bubbles and look at them closely. When the reflection from the sun hits the bubbles, a rainbow of colors can be seen. Ask the children to look for the different colors and name the ones that they see.

Bubble Games

When blowing bubbles with the children, reinforce the concept of big, little, few, many, high, and low. Ask questions such as these: "Can you blow big bubbles? Little bubbles? A few bubbles? Many bubbles? Can you blow your bubbles high in the air? Can you blow them down low?"


Sung to : "Frere Jacques"

Blowing bubbles, blowing bubbles

Is such fun, is such fun.

Blow them everywhere,

See them floating in the air.

Blowing bubbles, blowing bubbles.

My Bubble

Sung to : "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

My bubble flew over the ocean,

My bubble flew over the sea.

My bubble flew over the rainbow,

Oh, come back, my bubble,

to me.

Come back, come back,

Oh, come back, my bubble,

to me, to me.

Come back, come back,

Oh, come back, my bubble,

to me.

Floating Bubbles

Let the children pretend to be bubbles. Play soft music and have them "float" like bubbles around the room.

Bubbly Punch

In a large pitcher, mix together one 12-ounce can unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate, 2 cans (24 ounces) cold water, and one 32-ounce bottle club soda. Stir well and pour into plastic glasses. Makes 17 small servings.

Orange Fluff

Pour 1/4 cup water into a bowl and add 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin. Stir and let set for 5 minutes. Add 3/4 cup boiling water and stir again until gelatin is dissolved. Pour mixture into a blender container and add one 6-ounce can unsweetened frozen orange juice concentrate. Blend until fluffy, then pour into small cups. Chill for about 15 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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