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Bubbularium: See the Colors in Bubbles


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Bubbularium: See the Colors in Bubbles

With little more than a flashlight, a straw, and a plastic lid, make an observatory so you can see the amazing colors in bubbles. Learn about how light travels in waves and how the frequency of a light wave determines which color you see. The activity also has a recipe for "bubble juice" so you'll have some bubbles to work with.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • small clear plastic lid (from yogurt or margarine container)
  • clear plastic tape
  • flashlight that works
  • spoon
  • straw
  • room you can make dark
  • 1 gallon water (for Bubble Juice)
  • 2/3 cup dishwashing soap (for Bubble Juice)

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
      • Vibration and Waves

Informal Categories


  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Murphy, Pat; Klages, Ellen; Shore, Linda

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Exploratorium, ©1998

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