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Bubbles (’09&’10)

Spring 2009 –
What an incredible day we had…one of the reasons I love my job. What better place to be than outdoors, sunshine, birds singing, children playing and laughter. It’s a day that let’s you remember those special times in your youth…


July 2010

We use bubbles Spring to Fall around here. We’ve tried coat hanger wands, and all manner of store bought wands. Over the years I’ve seen directions for large string wands, but never seemed to get around to making them. Today was different. This morning I checked my blog reader and came across a post on Fugal Family Fun Blog, which led me to Childhood Magic and directions for a very large bubble wand (or as the kids called it sticks). The weather looked good today and my numbers were going to be low or I figured we could hunt around in the garage and see if we could get together what was needed for these sticks.

We found dowels we could cut into manageable sizes for smaller hands.

We had lots of washers, so decided to try 2 sizes and see if it made any difference. {No difference noted. The washer was there to make the largest string heavier and both washers did this.}

Problem… no eye hooks small enough for the dowels we were going to use. Problem solving time. What was the job of the eye hooks? – eye hooks were a place to tie the strings to. What could we use to do the same job?  – electric staples, screws and nails available to tie string to. Which would work? Won’t know unless we try. So we used the staples on one set of dowels and finish nails on another. {After we used – we found both of these worked about equal, but the nails were easier to get into the dowel, so for the 3rd set of sticks used nails}

Problem…. no butcher twine or string. Problem solving time. Jute gets messy when wet. Thin wire too stiff. We needed something that was cotton. Idea – cotton yarn I use for knitting dish cloths. We decided to make different sizes of string for the wands. The children understood that larger meant bigger bubbles, but they also realized that larger could also be hard for smaller children to work with and we wanted everyone to have fun using these sticks. The only rule we followed was that 1 string was twice as long as the other in it’s set.

Experiments done. Problems solved. Sticks made. Time to just use for fun. Check out our movie and see the fun we had today.

bubble science


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