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Sesame Street

Catch the Bubbles!

Conduct a scientific investigation to figure out how to catch bubbles without popping them.

Materials

  • Bubbles bottle with wand
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Dirt

Directions

  1. Talk to your child about how bubble can land on certain things without popping. Ask her to make some predictions about what those things might be.
  2. Blow bubbles into the air and have your child put out her hands so that the bubbles land in them. Observe what happens. Do they pop or do they stay intact?
  3. Put fresh water from a sink or hose on to your child’s hands and have her make a prediction about what will happen when the bubbles land on her. Then, blow bubbles in the air. Have your child hold out her hands to catch the bubbles again. Observe what happens.
  4. Use soap and water to make a thick layer of suds on your child’s hands. Then, blow bubbles into the air and have her hold out her hands to catch the bubble again. What does she notice?
  5. Rinse off the soap and cover your child’s hands in a thin layer of dirt. Blow bubbles into the air and have her hold out her hands to catch them. Observe what happens.
  6. With your child, review all of the steps in the experiment and the results. Was she ever able to catch a bubble without it popping? If so, what was on her hands? Talk together about other things you could try putting on your hands to catch bubbles.
  7. Think of more experiments that you can do with bubbles. Have your child blow into the bubble wand really hard and see what happens. Then try blowing really softly. Make different bubble wands for your child that are various shapes and sizes by cutting out the bottoms of empty milk cartoons or using toilet paper rolls. Do the bubble sizes and shapes change when you use different wands?

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