Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Bubble Builder

Bubble Builder

Fall 2004 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $22.95
Much more than the average bubble-blowing set, the experiments demonstrated (and the manual helped to explain) some of the chemical properties of water, soap and detergent and the scientific phenomenon around which bubbles are formed.

The children, ages 6-10, were fascinated to see that a paper clip would float on water until a drop of detergent was added. They were intrigued that they could put a wet finger into a bubble and it would not pop but when the finger is dry, it does pop. The instruction manual is well written and descriptive, providing for example, the ideal conditions for making bubbles (bubbles last longer in elevated humidity), and tips on how to make super-sized bubbles.

Denise Copperthite   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Denise Copperthite, an industrial hygienist, is the mother of two girls, ages 10 and 6.

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