Tuesday, July 7th, marked the first of six Summer Science series – three for toddlers/pre-K, three for school age. Bubbles was the first session, geared towards the T/PK set. I did a slightly different version of this program last year. There was a lot of overlap, but the age group for this year’s program was specifically for 2-5 years old. Last year it was a family event, and the age of the participants skewed older.
I opened with a book, then the children had two activities to choose from. To close out the program, I turned on my bubble machine and sang, “My Bubbles Float Over the Ocean” (tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”).
Bubbles Float, Bubble Pop (Science Starts) by Mark Weakland
1.Bubble Painting – I tried this last year, but it was only marginally successful. I found this blog post after the fact and decided to follow her instructions instead. It was definitely a better choice. The mess factor was still there, but it was less frustrating for the children.
2. Blowing Bubbles – I made two tubs of bubble solution: a basic recipe (water, dish soap, and glycerin), and a more fancy recipe. I also set out a tray filled with different types of bubble wands. The fancy recipe was the fan favorite – it did a great job making big bubbles.