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Activity

Bubble art

Summary: 
Blow paint-coloured bubbles in a tray and make a print on paper.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Chemistry: States of Matter, Properties of Materials (K-7)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • Bubble solution (1/2 cup) with tempura paint mixed in (2-5 Tbspns). Test and increase tempura if bubble prints are not coloured enough
  • Tray or stable cup for each student
  • Straw for each student
  • Paper
Procedure: 

Pour some coloured bubble mix in a tray/cup. A cup will need less mix, but a tray is more stable.
Blow bubbles in the paint/bubble mix with the straw.
Lay the paper over to make a bubble print.
Repeat in another colour paint/bubble mix.

Prompt students with questions to help them observe the bubbles closely if necessary:
What shapes are the bubbles on their own and when next to each other?
What happens to the shapes if a bubble is popped?

Science of bubbles can include:
the shapes of the bubbles (separated and attached) and how they fall into the most stable configuration;
the structure of bubbles - the skin is a layer of water molecules between two layers of detergent molecules, which encloses a pocket of air molecules.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Mari Matsuo
Teaching site: 
After School Program at Elementary schools in New York City
Simon Fraser Elementary
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

The School at Columbia