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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winter Science Experiment

For the past three days school has been cancelled due to severely cold weather.  My kids were pumped!  They love it when they get an unexpected day off.  They forget that these days need to be made up, probably when the weather is much nicer and they'd rather be outside playing.  :)

However, this mom knows that unless she keeps them busy - especially my boys - that they will start to get a little crazy and start fighting and probably end up in trouble.  So we did a little homeschooling.  They weren't thrilled with the idea at first but I stood my ground.  It turned out to be a really good thing.

Math, language arts, lots of reading, computer time, art, and a science experiment or two.  One of those science experiments was something I wanted to try for a while now ... frozen bubbles.

I knew I would need a helper so Nick agreed to be my assistant.  We went out early Tuesday morning, while the temperatures were still below zero.  We sat in my car because it was too windy in the open air.  And we blew bubbles.

At first nothing happened.  It was just a bubble.


So we tried opening the windows to let some of the frigid air in, but the windows were frozen shut.  Then Nick opened his door slightly, held the bubble near the cold air and viola!  Frozen bubbles!




We tried several times and had a few successes and many failures.  As far as photographing them anyway.  If we let them freeze too much, they would burst.  Or if he moved too quickly to get the bubble wand back to face me, it would burst.  Of if he closed the door too hard ... yep, you guessed it ... it would burst.  :)

By the time we were done and our fingers were on the verge of frostbite, there were bubbles burst all over my dashboard.  When the temps warm up to near freezing the next few days, I'll have to wipe my dash down.  :)

On a somewhat related note, ... if you haven't checked them out yet, I posted some close up photos of snowflakes yesterday.  Not to toot my own horn, but they are pretty incredible.  Making the best of my winter photo opportunities.  But looking forward to spring!

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Rainey said...

Oh that's fun! Too bad you had to almost get frostbite to get them. Lol!

Tamar SB said...

WHOA - I have heard of this - but wow! Never thought it would look this amazing!!

Nancy Claeys said...

I tried this by myself some weeks ago with no success. I think I needed an assistant. These are amazing.

tiarastantrums said...

these are amazing! I love this idea - i think I might just have to do this today with the kiddos! off to look for leftover bubbles from this past summer!

Kim said...

These are fabulous! Love them! Would love to know which lens you used. I have a 60mm macro and wondering if I could get this close with it. Even still, I don't think we have the temps to try this!

Cathy Keller said...

Wow!!! Well done, Mom!!!

jeannettestgermain said...

have never heard of this! Beautiful and imaginative - and your kids will be like that later in life:)

tinajo said...

I love this, very cool! :-)


Meri said...

That's totally magical!

The Artful Diva said...

fascinating - not cold enough here to try this - but I'm so glad you did and shared it too!

bettyl-NZ said...

What wonderful patterns! Great experiment.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

That's cool. I saw some similar photos on the internet, but it looked like they were in an icy cold area. These are so beautiful.

kewkew said...

I had never heard of doing this before. They look so neat. I would love to try, but I don't care for the cold. You are much more determined than me.