Hi! It’s Thursday, February 24, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Bubble Wrap Fun
Age Range: All (with parental supervision)
Everything in life presents an opportunity to learn. Rather than relying on textbooks, look at anything in your environment and with a minimal amount of research, you’ll discover it contains an interesting history with cross-curricular connections.
Today’s website from the Sealed Air Corporation, the company that manufactures Bubble Wrap, is a case in point. You may have a sheet of bubble wrap somewhere in your house that accompanied an item you ordered by mail. Most kids love to pop it. And if you take just a minute to look it up on the web, you’ll discover all kinds of information about it – both fun and informative.
At today’s website, you’ll learn about the history of Bubble Wrap, meet the inventors, discover many uses for the stuff beyond packing material, and get an opportunity to virtually pop Bubble Wrap online. Fun!
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:
*Fun & Games – Virtually pop bubble wrap, discover your Bubble Wrap personality type, and take a “pop” quiz to test your knowledge of Bubble Wrap. (Some links go to other websites, so parents please preview to determine suitability.)
*Pop Pix – See pictures of people and their Bubble Wrap inventions collected on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (January 31st annually). This stuff is a cultural phenomenon! Get inspired to create your own Bubble Wrap inventions.
*1001 Uses – See a list of ways to use Bubble Wrap including as a costume, cup holder, seat cushion, liners for Easter baskets, pop-able place mat, insulation, and much more!
*Bubble Stuff – Learn the history of Bubble Wrap, meet the inventors, and find out how Bubble Wrap is made.
You’ll also find Bubble Wrap products to purchase along with links to other
sites where you can virtually pop Bubble Wrap.
And if you want more ideas, just type in “bubble wrap lesson plans” on a search engine like Google — and see what pops up! You’ll find sites that explain how Bubble Wrap is made, lots of funny methods and etiquette for popping Bubble Wrap, more online games, and even a book devoted to interesting and fun things to do with Bubble Wrap. This is a unit study waiting to happen. :)
Diane Flynn Keith