Fun-Sized Friday: Boo Bubbles
To explore concepts of science by observing chemical reactions.
Plastic tub of Folgers, sans the coffee
PVC clear vinyl tubing (found at Lowe's)
Find instructions on Steve Spangler's site.
Just in time for Halloween, we're going to show you how to make Boo Bubbles. Boo Bubbles are like little pockets of dry ice that plop around until poked, then combust into a gaseous white mist to the "oohs" and "ahs" of everyone around.
If you have never seen Boo Bubbles, I highly recommend you click on the link and take a look. They are very simple to make and INCREDIBLY entertaining…and not just for kids. You adults reading this will be telling all your friends how cool this experiment is.
If you click on the link, you'll notice that once again, I turned to Steve Spangler’s website for help. (I love that guy.) He sells a kit to make the boo bubbles, but I didn't have time to wait for it to come in the mail, so I modified the experiment by creating my own using the above mentioned items. I was able to make the container for this experiment using mostly things I already hadaround the house: an old plastic Foldgers container and a funnel from a kitchen appliance. Simply cut a hole in the top of the Folgers and insert the tube. Place the funnel on the other end of the tube, and voila, you have a really cheap version of the kit.
We bought the hose for very cheap at Lowes and found the dry ice at our local grocery store. (Just ask, yours will have it.)
Once again be sure to have the kids wear their goggles and gloves. Also, make sure that an adult is the only one who handles the dry ice!
That's it, it is literally that easy. So grab your kids, and go explore life!