Wellington Public Library will host the first in a series of programs for all ages during their Second Saturday STEAM Spectacular on Saturday, September 10th, at 10:00 AM on the library lawn. This month’s topic will be The Wonderful Habits of Bubbles. Participants will have the opportunity to test out ten different bubble recipes and experiment with a number of household items as bubble wands in order to discover which combination can blow the biggest or longest lasting bubble.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Adding STEAM to Reading activities provides a broad, well rounded approach for children’s learning. It also allows them to explore, create and problem solve. It is also a great introduction to the library’s Makerspace.
STATION 1 – BUBBLE TOYS
Have 2 clear plastic bottles available. In one, fill with cooking oil almost to the top. Add enough colored water to fill the bottle to the top. Put on the cap (use a glue gun to secure). What happens when you turn the bottle over?
Fill the other bottle almost to the top with corn syrup. Leave air at the top and secure the lid. When you turn the bottle over, what happens to the air bubbles?
Compare the two bottles. What is the same about the bubbles? What is different?
STATION 2 – BASIC BUBBLE SOLUTION
Make a container of Basic Bubbles. Let the kids experiment with different types of wands.
STATION 3 – BUBBLE SOLUTIONS MADE WITH GLYCERIN
Have containers of Exploratorium and NWF bubbles available with a variety of bubble wands. Did these solutions make big or small bubbles? Which wands worked the best?
STATION 4 – BUBBLE SOLUTIONS MADE WITH CORN SYRUP
Have containers of Majic’s Big Bubble & Tear Free Bubbles and wands.
STATION 5 – BUBBLE SOLUTIONS MADE WITH SUGAR
Containers of Beautiful Bubbles & Deluxe Bubbles and wands.
STATION 6 – BUBBLES MADE WITH OTHER SOLUTIONS
Containers of Basic Bubbles, Jello Bubbles & Spark Lab Bubbles and wands.
STATION 7 – PILE OF BUBBLES
Pour bubble solution in a cookie sheet to cover. Have the participants use a straw to make bubbles. Challenge participants to make different type of bubble structures.
STATION 8 – BUBBLE ART
Add coloring to containers of bubbles. Ask participants to blow a mound of bubbles. Set a piece of paper on top of the bubbles and lift off. The bubbles have left a print. Repeat with as many colors as desired.
STATION 9 – BUBBLE BOMBS
In a square of paper towels, put 1-1/2 T of baking soda and fold the paper towel around the powder. Pour equal amounts of warm water and vinegar into a zip top sandwich bag (about ¼ C. of each). Drop the paper towel square into the liquid and zip the top closed as quickly as possible. Shake the bag a little big and place it on the ground. What happened?
STATION 10 – BUBBLE FOOD
Have a variety of food and drinks that contain bubbles and enjoy a bubbly snack.
Kids can take home a bottle of bubbles and wands that they made from the craft materials. 3D printed wands may be purchased.