#1181. THE BUBBLE BAG (a take-home activity bag)

other, level: Pre-School
Posted Sun Jul 18 11:12:05 PDT 1999 by MARLA (ML346@aol.com).

THE BUBBLE BAG

WHAT'S IN THE BAG-
Please check to be sure everything is included when you return it!
*THE BUBBLE FACTORY(written and illustrated by Tomie De Paola)
*BUBBLE TROUBLE(written by Mary Packard, illustrated by Elena Kucharik)
*GRANDPA'S SECRET POTION (written by Holly Hartmen, illustrated by Nina Ollikainen)
*bubble wand
*this card-see reverse side for a song about bubbles and bubbling tips

MAKE YOUR OWN BUBBLE SOLUTION!
Recipe #1 (the simplest but it's Professor Bubbles' favorite -if you're online, he has a website all about bubbles-http://bubbles.org/)
1 part Joy or Dawn dishwashing liquid
8 parts water
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Recipe #2
3 parts water
2 parts Dawn dish washing liquid
1/2 part Karo corn syrup
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Recipe #3
1 part dish washing detergent
1 part sugar, gelatin powder, or glycerin (available at drugstore-do not use glycerin and rose water)
8 to 10 parts warm water

Mix all gently (making suds will weaken mixture). Let stand for several hours. They pop when they start to evaporate so adding these will make bubbles last longer. If the solution seems to thin, let sit out uncovered overnight.
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Recipe #4
1 cup warm water
cup blue dishwashing liquid
1 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients. Mix until salt dissolves.
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Recipe #5 (won't sting eyes, recommended if your child is one of the many allergic to dishwashing liquid)
10 parts water
1 part baby shampoo

BUBBLE WANDS
There is a traditional bubble wand included in this "bubble bag," but there are many things that can be used to blow bubbles. Here are a few ideas:
plastic rings from six packs of soda
berry baskets
pipe cleaners bent into whatever shape you like
fly swatters

A SONG TO ENJOY WITH YOUR CHILD
POP! GOES THE BUBBLE(tune: "Pop! Goes the Weasel')from CREATIVE RESOURCES FOR THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM, 2nd Edition (Judy Herr and Yvonne Libby)
Soap and water can be mixed.
To make a bubble solution.
Carefully blow,
Now, watch it go!
Pop! Goes the bubble!

BUBBLING TIPS
*To avoid foaming, do not stir wands in suds.
*If foam develops, scrape off with a stiff card.
*Keep suds clean of dirt, grass, bugs, etc.
*Bubbles are best on humid days.
*If bubbles get in eyes, wash thoroughly with water.
*Be careful of slippery ground where you use bubble solution.
*Cold weather? Try bundling up and see how bubbles work in temperatures below freezing!

For more of my take-home activity bag ideas, check out THE BUTTON BAG (#495) and THE KEY CASE (#1180). For similar posted ideas, check out TAKE HOME BACKPACK IDEAS (#489).