Happy Birthday Mercer Mayer - December 30
"Answers" websites that said, "The ice crystals would pop it. The air on inside would shrink and create a vacuum that would automatically pop the bubble." Even after reading this, I wanted to believe that my kids and I could freeze bubbles. I found hope in a YouTube video shot in New Hampshire of bubbles blown outside in extreme sub-zero temperatures.
In addition to the Little Critter Series, which started with a doodle of "eyes and a funny nose, and he was crying and had all this hair," (National Book Festival Transcript 2007), Mercer Mayer has published books about monsters and dragons and even alligators. One of my daughters all time favorite books is There's An Alligator Under My Bed. (Check out the video below of Mercer Mayer telling this story!)
This week we discovered Bubble Bubble by Mercer Mayer, a picture book about a boy who buys a Magic Bubble Maker and blows bubbles that turn into a scary snake. Then, they turn into a ferocious cat and a mean elephant. The boy does not panic and knows exactly how to stay safe. I immediately wanted to bring this book to life because my children are huge fans of bubbles. But, it was snowing outside and very cold. It was then I decided I would investigate freezing bubbles.
To be honest, I wasn't certain that this activity was going to work -- but it wouldn't be the first time one of my birthday celebrations flopped (making gebeta boards for Jane Kurtz's birthday wasn't a success, neither was the Ethiopian food!) I thought we needed to make different kinds of bubbles to have a better chance at success since I didn't have sub-zero temperatures or dry ice.
|First, I had my daughter whisk Dawn dish soap and water to make really tiny bubbles. We scooped out the bubbles and placed them on a plate. We ran downstairs to put the plate of bubbles in our deep freezer and then headed back upstairs.|
|Then, we made bubbles the traditional way. Our store bought bubble solution didn't work real well so we found recipes for homemade solutions at bubbleblowers.com. We used the following recipe:|
1/4 cup Dawn dishsoap
1 cup water
1 tsp. sugar
|My kids were so excited to be blowing and catching bubbles in the kitchen.|
|So, we moved our operations downstairs to the basement floor and were successful at getting a plate of big bubbles into the freezer. At this time we decided to check out tiny bubbles.|
|I breathed a sigh of relief when my kids shouted, "They are frozen. We froze bubbles!"|
So, yes, I think with our experience and the very good YouTube video of the people from New Hampshire in sub-zero temperatures, it is safe to say that bubbles can be frozen. Maybe I should head over to Yahoo! Answers and post my thoughts (and my proof!). Happy Birthday Mercer Mayer!
I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year! I am REALLY looking forward to 2012!
Update: January 6, 2014
We watched the temperature fall throughout the day waiting for subzero temperatures. After dinner, we had a reading below zero. It was time to freeze bubbles with the hopes of being more successful than our experiment we did for Mercer Mayer's birthday in 2011.
|We found a brand new bottle of bubbles in the basement, set up up a light outside, and bundled up to see if we would be successful.|
|I initially started blowing the bubbles close to the ground. The bubbles hit the ground and burst just like a normal bubble. I thought maybe the bubbles would freeze and then roll around on the ground!|
|Then, I blew the bubbles up in the air and we were able to see the bubbles freeze right before our eyes. They were cloudy in color for a split second, then would burst, and pieces of bubble would fall to the ground|
|When the bubbles burst they resembled plastic wrap.|
|It was so cold and within seconds the bubbles in the wand would freeze.|
|We caught one! A frozen bubble!!|
|I went out the next morning to blow more bubbles and was lucky to get this photo!|
1. Mercer Mayer's Website
2. The Little Critter Website
3. Mercer Mayer Biography - Greenville Public Library
4. Mercer Mayer's YouTube Channel - Lots of Little Critter Videos
5. Mercer Mayor at National Book Festival - Library of Congress
6. There's a Nightmare in My Closet, Read by Billy Crystal - YouTube