I have been teaching STEAM (integrated science, technology, engineering, art, and math) classes for homeschoolers over the last two years. The classes are multi-age, and both years I offered a bubble STEM class that was well received by kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. After all, everyone loves bubbles!
I’ve finally taken some of the activities we did during those classes and expanded them into a Bubbles STEM Pack of activities to share with you. I’m super excited to share this great resource filled with science, math, and a whole lot of hands-on learning about bubbles.
Note: Find more STEM activities on my Science Activities for Kids page!
My Bubbles STEM Pack comes with all the information you need to facilitate two different experiments to help kids learn about bubbles.
The first experiment teaches kids about surface tension. The second experiment teaches kids about bubble ingredients and how they help to make great bubbles.
Both experiments are completely hands-on. Both experiments come with a full set of instructions for children to follow. Both experiments come with observation sheets for children to record what happens during the experiment. And both experiments come with background information to explain the science (and math) behind the experiment.
After students complete the bubble experiments, they will have a much greater understanding of what bubbles are and why they behave they way they do.
My Bubbles STEM Pack also comes with 10 Bubble Challenge Cards. These challenge cards encourage kids to think creatively to do some fun and out-of-the-ordinary things with bubbles.
For example, most kids have experience blowing bubbles with a store bought bubble wand. But can your child make their own bubble wand using natural materials?
And just about anyone can make a round bubble. But can your child make a cube-shaped bubble?
Each Bubble Challenge card features a front and back side. The front side sets forth the challenge with no information about how to accomplish it. The back side provides much greater detail about the challenge as well as photographs showing how to complete the challenge.
I recommend printing the Bubble Challenge Cards with both the front (yellow) and back (purple) sides. Encourage older kids to solve the bubble challenge using just the front side if they can, but allow them to refer to the back side if needed. Younger children may need to refer to the back side right away, but they will still learn a lot as they complete each challenge.
The challenges include tasks that utilize engineering skills, tasks that develop an understanding of three dimensional forms and shapes, and tasks that give children hands-on experience to teach them more about the nature of bubbles.
My Bubbles STEM Pack includes two different recipes for making large batches of bubbles. The recipes include tips to make your bubbles last as long as possible.
My Bubbles STEM Pack also includes 10 fun facts about bubbles, some of which will blow your mind!
Who is the Bubbles STEM Pack appropriate for?
The activities in the Bubbles STEM Pack can be adapted and used with children from kindergarten through middle school to have fun with bubbles while learning scientific facts related to bubbles, surface tension, calculating measures of central tendency (e.g., average, range, median), evaporation, shapes, three dimensional forms, and more.
Younger children will need an adult to walk them through the experiments and provide support during many of the bubble challenges. But older children can complete most of these activities on their own. Adults will, however, need to provide additional materials for some of the experiments and challenges, including bubble ingredients, cups, straws, trays, yarn, and other materials you likely already have on hand.
Best of all, kids of all ages will have fun with all the activities in this pack!
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