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Clean Up, Up, Up!
by Grace Lin
Join three friends for some bubble blowing fun as they make bubbles using circular, triangular, and heart-shaped wands.
Resources for Circle! Sphere!:
Discovering the Math: Book Guide (English)
Discovering the Math: Book Guide (Español)
*Spanish versions coming soon!
Activities for Circle! Sphere!:
Bubble Solution Recipe (English)
Bubble Frames (English)
Find That Shape (English)
Shapes on the Wall (English)
Bubble Snakes (English)
Can you blow a heart-shaped bubble with a heart-shaped wand?
Topics: shapes, patterns, cause and effect, spatial awareness, science
Activities To Do Together:
Use the book Circle! Sphere! to explore the shapes of everyday objects.
While reading the book Circle! Sphere! try the following:
Notice the different shapes of the wands and the shape of the bubble each wand makes. What do you notice?
Count what you see in the story. Wands, bubbles, children.
Compare the size of the bubbles on the book cover or last page of the story.
Talk about how spheres and circles are different.
When you have finished reading the story try the following:
Blow bubbles for your child to look at and reach. This is great practice for tracking moving objects and also supports eye-hand coordination.
Look for circles and spheres around you. Marbles, oranges, and tennis balls are examples of spheres that may be familiar to your child.
Blow bubbles and describe where they are with positional words like “up,” “down,” “under,” and “over.”
Make bubble wands of different shapes with wire. Use them to blow bubbles. See if you can make a wand that produces a bubble that isn’t a sphere
Blow bubbles and play “Simon Says” with both a bubble popping and positional word twist. Ask your child to pop a bubble only when they hear a direction preceded by the words “Simon says.” For example, your child would pop a bubble when they hear “Simon says pop a bubble near your face,” but do nothing when they hear the direction “Pop a bubble beside your shoe.”
Explore how spheres (balls) and cubes/rectangular prisms (boxes) move. Try stacking and rolling these shapes. What differences do you notice?
Please check out the Book Guide for Circle! Sphere! for more!
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