Whether you’re ending the school year or need a fun summer school unit, a bubble week is THE. BEST!!
After all, who doesn’t love bubbles? A bubble brings so much exploration, so much learning so much engagement!! You AND your kids will LOVE it! It’s so much fun, the kids don’t even realize how much learning they’re actually doing!
As a matter of fact, this year I had a little help setting the stage with Oriental Trading to make it even more fun and engaging!
This ALL ABOUT BUBBLES UNIT that I have created is JAM. PACKED. with FUN, HANDS-ON, Math, Literacy, Science and Art activities that are just plane FUN!!!!!!
First, you’ll want to SET. THE. STAGE!!!!
Of course, get them excited about BUBBLES!!! (As if they aren’t already) Here are a few of my favorite books on this topic! Click on the pictures to find them! (There is also a nonfiction book included in my BUBBLE PACK as well)
In addition, make your students Official “Bubble Inspectors” and get their curiosity flowing!!!
Moreover, I found this little Bubbles video by Gabby Zapata that I just FELL. IN. LOVE. WITH!!!!! I included some literacy extensions to go with this amazing little story as well!!!
Equally important for setting the stage, a few decorations are always super fun to get the excitement brewing!
Not only did I have all of those things, but I also got this awesome bubble machine from Oriental Trading!!! I’m so super excited about this beause I won’t just use it for this week! My plan is to leave it out on a shelf in my room this year and give the kids a bubble blast every now and then when they are all on task and working together.
Before we start our bubble explorations, we learn all about bubbles. How to blow the best ones and what you need to make them. Here we are checking out some “Bubble Blowing Tips”.
As can be seen, now it’s time to start exploring with a little BUBBLE LAB!!!!!!!!!!! Look at all we found out!!!
Water makes ALL. THE. DIFFERENCE!!!!!! GET. IT. WET!
Why are bubbles so fun and magical???? I’m not even kidding when I say that the kids could have done this ALL. DAY!!!!
They explored and explored, learned, problem-solved, worked together and discovered! All of this was happening through what to them seemed like PLAY!
The questions were flowing and the little scientists in them just came through naturally!
How could they make it bigger? Blow a bubble inside a bubble?? They just kept going. It NEVER got old. Why do bubbles make kids so happy????? The smiles made by those bubbles are just priceless!!!!
A bubble, in a bubble in a bubble????? OH, YES, WE.DID!!!!
As seen below, more exploring and discovering just kept coming!!!
How bout THE BIG BUBBLE RACE???
Have you ever wondered how many bubbles you can blow in ONE minute? The mult-tasking going on here was fun to watch!! Hint: A LOT of bubbles can be blown in one minute! LOL
Now, on to the BUBBLE STATIONS!!!!
Again, you will be amazed at how much time your kids take at these stations! They just don’t tire of them! The kids WANT to explore and discover! They are just so ENGAGED and having so, so much fun!!!
Consequently, keep an eye on the faces in those pictures!! You can JUST SEE it on their face when they make a discovery or blow a bubble!!!!!
First, we broke up into groups and went to a station to discover if the items would blow good bubbles or not. Here is the waterbottle station. Will Waterbottles blow good bubbles?? hmmmmmmmmmmm…..
Ummmmm….why, yes!!! Waterbottles blow some SUPER. FABULOUS. bubbles!!!!
Stings was one of my favorite stations to watch. I just had yarn out tied into a little loop. It was nearly impossible to blow one with it…UNTIL, one smart little cookie figured out a fabulous technique!!!!
How bout scissors?? Look at the picture on the bottom!! Do you see the amazement on those faces? That’s the face of a boy who just blew a bubble! 😉
Exploring Cookie Cutters…
Let’s try straws…..there’s that “FACE” again!!! 🙂
Paper Clips were a little more difficult!! LOL!
At the end of our stations, the kids gave me LOTS of recommendations of things that I should try to blow bubbles with! I tried so many things!!! We then recorded some of the things that worked. You can even see “that look” on my face. LOL!!!
What is it about bubbles???? It’s just such a HAPPY feeling when you create a good one 😉
To wrap up, I had them bring their “bubble Bottles” over and we filled them up with some of our bubble solution to take home! 🙂
Next, we moved on to a little vocabulary and Art Extension…..
I’ve been doing these bubble prints with my kiddos for years!!! JUST. so much fun!!!! (and just a tad messy:)
To start, get a small, shallow container and fill the bottom with tempera paint.
Then, put a layer of dawn on top of that. Next, add a little water. Stir it up and stick a straw in it.
Last, but not least, now that we are ALL bubble experts, we can have BUBBLE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First, I made our bubble solution using this Mega Bubble Concentrate from Oriental Trading.
You also need LOTS of bubble wands! Oriental Trading has some GREAT ones!