by Megan Bittner

Bubbles and balloons are the perfect tools for some “lazy” summer learning! You can use them to explore science, mathematics, art, and more. Learn the science behind bubbles and balloons, experiment with their structure and formation, and incorporate simple balloons into myriad art, math, and science lessons. Break out the dish soap and straws and let the learning games begin!

 

Blow a Bubble

Discover the science behind bubbles and explore elasticity, surface tension, chemistry, light, and geometry.

Experiment with vinegar and baking soda to blow up a balloon, make raisins dance, and more.

See what happens when bubbles are created with helium in this video from Cool Fun Stuff.

Watch the gorgeous scenes created as these soap bubbles freeze in slow motion.

Add a simple “secret” ingredient to this bubble mixture to allow you to create bubbles inside bubbles inside bubbles! (It might take a little practice.)

Use your mixer to whip up this rainbow soap foam for this simple sensory activity perfect for older toddlers.

Have you ever seen a square bubble? Older kids will love creating these simple straw-and-pipe-cleaner frames to create bubbles of various shapes and sizes.

Try these glow-in-the-dark bubbles from Growing a Jeweled Rose for a fun twist on a simple activity.

If you have an old kiddie pool and hula hoop, you already have everything you need to create these awesome gigantic bubbles.

Repurpose old cardboard tubes to create these easy bubble blowers from Happy Hooligans.

These colorful rainbow bubble snakes from Housing a Forest are simple to make with old socks and water bottles.

Make these giant, rubbery bubbles with a DIY recipe for Housing a Forest. Experiment with adding food coloring to your mixture.

 

Burst a Bubble

Examine the frozen bubbles in these ice balloons to learn about the freezing and melting process.

This awesome video shows slow-motion shots of balloons and bubbles popping, highlighting the different structures of each.

Create this cute bubble art by blowing and popping colored bubbles.

Experiment with catching and popping these “bouncing bubbles” from Play at Home Mom.

Can you poke a bubble without popping it? Find out in this cool experiment from Rookie Parenting.

Learn why you can pop balloons simply by touching them with orange peel.

Can you pop a balloon quietly? What makes the noise when the balloon pops? This article from Science Focus can answer these questions.

 

Learn from a Balloon

There are tons of ways to use balloons in lessons on all subjects. Here is a sampling of ideas.

Learn how muscles work.

Create static electricity.

Launch balloon rockets.

Race balloon-propelled cars.

Compare gases, liquids, and solids.

Create five different kinds of unique art.

Craving even more fun, summer experiments? Check out Bubbles & Balloons: 35 Amazing Science Experiments by Susan Akass.


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