Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Problem Solving
- two shallow pans
- bubble solution
- pipe cleaned straws, rubber bands
- paper cups, plastic soda can holders
- chart paper
Objective: Children will expand their observational, creative-thinking, and problem-solving skills as they use different materials to create bubble blowers and wands.
1 During meeting time, take out some bubble solution and blow bubbles for the children to observe. Ask the children what they know about bubbles. What kinds of things can be used to blow or move bubbles? Show the children the different materials you have gathered for their experiment. Explain to the children that you would like them to use these materials to make bubble wands or blowers.
2 Place bubble solution into the shallow baking pans. Invite small groups of children to the table to experiment with the different materials. Remind them to keep any straws they have used beside them so classmates don't use them again. Place the children's creations in individually labeled plastic bags so they can use them another time.
3 After everyone has had the opportunity to experiment with the materials, invite the children to share their inventions with the group. Record the dif ferent types of materials that worked successfully and the children's observations. Ask the children to describe what they learned.
4 Invite the children to bring in something from home that they would like to try turning into a bubble blower Send a note home to explain the bubble experiment to parents. Remind children and families not to send in anything valuable or fragile. Children can also bring in found objects from nature to include in their experiments.
Remember: Bubble solution can be made inexpensively from liquid dish soap and water. Some children may not like getting wet and sticky, so have paper towels on hand.
Science: Provide the children with a bar of soap, liquid hand soap, dishwashing liquid, powdered soap, a few mixing bowls, water and smocks. Then invite them to use the different soaps to make their own bubble solution. Encourage the children to work together and experiment with different mixtures. Children can use their bubble wands and blowers to test their bubble mixtures. Eventually, give the children some glycerin to add to their solution. (You can purchase glycerin at most pharmacies.) What happens? Record the children's observations on chart paper.