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Bubble Wrap-Science at home


Monday is bubble wrap appreciation day. Bubble wrap, an "accidental" invention, invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes in Hawthorne, New Jersey. They were looking at making a 3d version of wall paper. While the wall paper did not take off, bubble wrap today, is a billion dollar industry. 
Bubble Wrap Stained Glass -Great for Ages 4-6
Using large bubble wrap, cut a small hole in the top of each bubble. Make sure you cut along the same pattern, it is easy to get distracted and cut the side or the bottom. I know, because I did exactly that!
Once you have made the small holes, using packing tape, adhere the bubble wrap to a window or door. Then using an eye dropper, old medicine dropper, pipette ( if you have one). Experiment with filling the bubbles with different colors. Start with primary colors. With the primary colors make sure you dilute your solution down so it is quite light. This is the best for mixing colors. Once you have filled some bubbles with primary colors, then you can start mixing. See if you can guess what the outcome will be. secondary and tertiary colors will really brighten up you bubble stained glass. 
Try experimenting by making different patterns or even artwork! If you try this one at home, share your creations with us @okanaganscience.
When done, the bubbles can be emptied out into a sink and the wrap can be reused