Friday, August 2, 2013

Bubbles! Bubbles! @ DuPage Children's Museum

Bubbles are a fascinating summer favorite! At DuPage Children's Museum they are a year-round favorite! Many questions can invade play as we think about what might cause common household items to come together to make an amazing solution that wraps around and captures air! In our WaterWays exhibit you will find several ways to explore bubbles. Often, our visitors tell it best.  Check out the video below highlighting one family’s exploration in bubbles at DCM. 

Captivating Interest & FUN!
Believe it or not, the enjoyment level of an activity can have a profound impact on learning.  Think about the things you have to learn and the things you want to learn. That forced feeling does not lend to learning—rather, it makes concepts more challenging to grasp. The captivating nature and wonder of bubbles can make for a ripe opportunity to engage and explore scientific interests. Bubbles are chemistry! As you mix and measure, you are learning about the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed.

The secret is out! Try creating bubble fun of your own with DCM’s Fantastic Bubble Recipe:
            1 gallon of warm water
            11/4 cup of Dawn dish detergent
            2 tablespoons of glycerin
            (available at most drug stores)
 Directions:  1.  Pour warm water into a bucket.  2.  Add dish detergent to the water.  3.  Add glycerin to the water.    4.  Gently stir the mixture.  5. Let stand for 24 hours before using.  Bubble solution will last several days if stored in an air-tight container.

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