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What is air?

Updated on November 3, 2011

What is air?

How great is it to step outside and take a big, deep breath of clean, fresh air? Oh you live in L.A.? Sorry. Everyone else, it's nice, right? Did you know there are living thing immersed in air. You can't see or touch air, unless you live in L.A. But you know it's there. That's how you breathe.

Now what you'll need is some straws, cups, liquid detergent, and water. Now what you'll do is make a cup of bubble solution by giving a squirt of soap to a 1/4 cup of water. Then have your kids blow through the straws on their hands so they can feel the air. Then let them blow bubbles in the cup. Just make sure they don't suck through the straw. That could cause some serious issues. Then get out your journals and write about the experience. Ask how they know air is there even though you can't see it, where does air come from, and how the air makes bubbles.

Now for even more fun you can add a lot of food coloring to the bubble mix and have the kids blow bubble then put a piece of paper over the bubbles to make bubble prints. Go outside when the wind is blowing and watch for signs of air like blowing leaves, moving clouds, pinwheels spinning, etc. See if your kids can move other things while blowing through the starw like rocks, feathers, grass, flowers, shells, leaves, etc.

Have fun!


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