Story Time

Science - Fabulous Bubble Fun
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Books
Falling up : poems and drawings . by:Shel Silverstein
A collection of humorous poems and drawings.

Suggested Poem: "My Sneaky Cousin"
p. 28
This is the van that Dad cleaned by: Lisa Campbell Ernst.
In the style of a classic cumulative rhyme, the children undo all of Dad's hard work cleaning the family car.
To bathe a boa by:C. Imbior Kudrna
At bathtime a youngster has to struggle to get his recalcitrant pet boa into the tub.
Harry, the dirty dog by:Gene Zion.
When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.
Bubble bubble by:Mercer Mayer.
A little boy creates all sorts of fantastic animals with his magic bubble maker.
Five minutes' peace by:Jill Murphy.
Mrs. Large tries to take a peaceful, relaxing bath but her family has other ideas.
Captain Bob sets sail by:Roni Schotter
Bathtime becomes an adventure as Captain Bob sets out to brave Bath Bay and Faucet Falls.
Songs
Tiny Tim
I had a little turtle, his name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub, to teach him how to swim.
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap.
And now when he talks, there's a bubble in his throat.

Bubble, bubbles, bubbles.
Bubble, bubbles, bubbles.
Bubble, bubbles, bubbles.
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles...POP!
Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes
Song: I took a bath in the washing machine
The sneezing song and other contageious tunes by Jim Gill
CD: Singable songs for the very young / Raffi.
Song: Brush your Teeth
Singable Songs for the very young by Raffi
Take me out of the bathtub and other silly dilly songs / Alan Katz
Take me out of the bathrub and other silly dilly songs Suggested song: Take me out of the Bathtub

Well-known songs, including "Oh Susannah" and "Row Row Row Your Boat," are presented with new words and titles, such as "I'm So Carsick" and "Go Go Go to Bed."
Other
Easy Science Projects
Bouncing Bubble Solution

There's something magical about a bubble. It's just a little puff of air trapped in a thin film of soap and water, but its precise spherical shape and beautiful, swirling colors make it a true wonder of science. A bubble's life expectancy is usually measured in seconds... unless you know how to make a SUPER BUBBLE!
Materials:
1 cup of distilled water (240 mL), 2 tablespoons of Dawn? dish soap (30 mL), 1 tablespoon of Glycerin (15 mL)
About the Ingredients...
Water - The single most important part of the bubble solution is the water. Good quality water that does not contain high levels of iron or minerals is best. If you're uncertain as to the quality of your tap water, invest in a gallon of distilled water from the grocery store.

Soap - When it comes to soap, Dawn? dish soap just seems to work the best for home-made bubble solutions.

Glycerin - Glycerin is the secret additive that gives a bubble its extra strength. Don't be too shocked by the price on a bottle of high quality Glycerin. Contact the pharmacist at your local grocery store for availability. (Note: Some bubble recipes substitute Karo? Syrup for Glycerin due to the expense and availability of Glycerin.)

Bubble Colors Similar to the way we perceive the colors in a rainbow or an oil slick, we see the colors in a bubble through the reflection and the refraction of light waves off the inner and outer surfaces of the bubble wall. You can't color a bubble since its wall is only a few millionths of an inch thick. A bubble reflects color from its surroundings.

Bouncing Bubbles Experience tells you that regular bubbles burst when they come in contact with just about anything. Why? A bubble's worst enemies are oil and dirt. A "super" bubble will bounce off of a surface if it is free of oil or dirt particles that would normally breakdown the soap film.
Experiment:
- Make up a batch of Bouncing Bubble Solution (see above). -Purchase a pair of inexpensive children's gloves from your local department store (100% cotton gloves also work well). - Blow a bubble about the size of a baseball. - Bounce the bubble off of your gloves. Try bouncing the bubble off of your shirt or pants. As you'll soon see, some fabrics work better than others.
Results:
The Science of Bubbles Check out these websites to learn more about the fascinating science of bubbles.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/bubbles/shape_of_bubbles.html
http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/28