Ode to a Bubble
Bubbles, bubbles all around -
Both big and small ones to be found!
Some offer fun and tricks for you,
While others have their jobs to do!
The bubbles that you blow up high
Can catch a breeze and almost fly!
With bubble tricks you'll be the best
And show your skills to all the rest!
Detergent bubbles can get mean
To get your clothes and dishes clean.
Their power comes from plants or oil -
They do their job to bust your soil!
It's true that bubbles can be fun
But then, when all their work is done
It's down the drain to meet their fate
And Poof! They just evaporate!
Dip your pipe and gently blow.
Watch the tiny bubble grow
Big and bigger, round and fat,
Rainbow-colored, and then
Soap bubble, soap bubble,
Floating in the breeze,
Above the house and trees.
I wish that I were tiny;
I wish that I were small,
Small enough to fit inside
That shiny little ball.
The wind would rock me gently
As I am looking down
At bug-like people
In a little tiny town.
Rushing here and there
As I am floating gently
In my bubble in the air.
B is for Bubbles
Benny bought a bubble loop
For bubbles big and small.
He blew so many bubbles,
He couldn't count them all.
Along came Benny's brother,
Who's always on the run.
He spilled the bubble liquid,
Which ruined Benny's fun.
Benny did not get upset.
He knew what he could do.
He made more bubble liquid.
It's easy - you can, too!
When I'm blowing a bubble,
it's always a sphere -
With a dipper that's square,
rounded bubbles appear.
With a three-sided dipper,
I still get round bubbles.
Blowing bubbly cubes
is giving me troubles!
Books on Bubbles:
The Great Bubble Factory by Christopher Cox
Pop! A Book About Bubbles (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Author), Margaret Miller (Illustrator);
The Unbelievable Bubble
Book by John Cassidy
Activities and Recipes
Pam Elliott: http://myschoolonline.com/folder/0,1872,24742-145616-27-2782,00.html
To Make the Wands
cleaners, such as stars. The pipe cleaner wands are better for small
children to use, and are easier for indoor use. For outdoor use the coat hanger is great.
6 cups water (Distilled is best)
3/4 cup corn syrup (Karo Light)
2 cups Joy (or Dawn) dish washing liquid
Mix together. Let set 4 hours (to let bubble
settle), then enjoy.
While many people make bubbles out of any old detergent and water, you can get the biggest, longest lasting bubbles if you use liquid detergent and syrup. Use a mixture of Dawn (or Joy) and Karo Light Syrup. With this mixture for every 1/2 cup of liquid detergent, add about 1 tablespoon of Karo Syrup. However, the mixture can be varied a lot without affecting the bubble much.
When mixing up a batch of bubble mix you should realize that there are several sure fire bubble busters - dirt and other bubbles. You should try to make sure that the containers you are using are very clean and that you don't stir too much or too quickly, keeping the bubbles down.
Bubbles also tend to like cold air, but sometimes there is not much you can do about the temperature!
|Blowing the perfect bubble depends on equal parts science and magic. With a few twists of wire, you can make fantastic bubble wands and spend long, lazy days practicing your technique. The best bubble solution is 10 cups water to 4 cups dish-washing liquid, plus 1 cup Karo corn syrup.|
|For large wands, you’ll need plastic-coated wire coat hangers and either floral netting or plastic-coated chicken wire. Hold the hook at the top of the hanger, and pull the bottom down so that it forms a circle. Cut away the hook and twisted neck of the hanger with wire cutters; you should have about a 31-inch length of wire. With needle-nose pliers, twist a tiny hook into one end of the wire. Bend that end around, and hook it on the wire about 9 inches from the opposite end, forming a 7-inch-diameter circle. Squeeze the hook with pliers to fasten, and straighten the end to form a handle. Cut an 8-inch-diameter circle of floral netting. With pliers, fold the netting’s edge tightly around the frame, snipping off any sharp ends.|
|For small wands, use 18-gauge cloth-covered wire cut to a length of 15 inches. Bend the wire into a lollipop shape, securing the end of the wire where the loop meets the handle with a dab of glue. To make a star, divide the circle into five even increments, then crimp with pliers. To make a heart, crimp only the top center of the circle. A tin can, with its top and bottom removed, also makes great bubbles—carefully trim any sharp edges, dip one end in solution, and pull through the air to make one long bubble.|
1/2 cup Dawn® or Joy® liquid dishwashing detergent
In a large plastic bowl mix all ingredients gently so that foam doesn't form on top of the water. Skim off any foam that appears because it interferes with bubble making. Knot yarn, string, or twine into loops of different sizes, up to 30 inches in circumference. The larger the loop, the larger the bubble. Let string loops soak for a minute in bubble mix.
Using both hands, grasp the loop at two equally distant points and lift it gently out of the water with both sides of the string drawn taut. Open the strings about 1/2 inch apart, keeping the string taut. Lift this string form into the air, and a giant bubble will appear. Label the bubble mix and store it tightly sealed.
This recipe can be doubled or divided, as needed.