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Activity

Bubble shapes in a tray

Summary: 
By blowing bubbles on a plate, students make hexagonal and other bubble shapes by blowing many bubbles next to each other.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Chemistry: States of Matter, Properties of Materials (K-7)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Physical Science: Properties of Objects and Materials (grade K)
Physical Science: Properties of Matter (grade 2)
Physical Science: Materials and Structures (grade 3)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • bubble mix
  • plate for each student or pair
  • straw for each student
Procedure: 

Pour about 20ml bubble mix onto a plate. Use a straw to blow bubbles in it.
By blowing bubbles next to each other you can make shapes that are not round: hexagons, pentagons and other shapes.
Round is most efficient on their own, but other shapes are more efficient when they are packed together. What shapes can you make?
What do the hexagons remind you of? Honeycomb. A good shape for packing.

Grades tested: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 5
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Teaching site: 
CAGIS (Canadian Association for Girls in Science)
General Gordon Elementary Science Club