Summer STEAM: Beaded Bubble Wand

After the Summer Solstice on Sunday, June 20th, summer is officially underway! We’re celebrating with a summer-themed Grab & Go STEAM kit, available to pick up on July 26th. The kits will contain beads and a pipe cleaner. This is a fun and easy craft that can be done indoors or outdoors. You can make the design above or use these instructions to create your own unique craft.

Whether you love to blow bubbles, want to work on a creative craft or just want to unplug, this is a fun activity for the entire family. For an enriched STEAM activity you can also try to make the homemade bubbles from last summer’s STEAM series! This activity is geared towards grades 1-3, but older children can also enjoy learning how to make homemade bubbles and a wand.

Suggested Reads:

Super Simple Things to Do with Bubbles by Kelly Doudna
For children in grades 4-8.
Library Collection: Print

Kelly Doudna has written an easy step-by-step guide for STEAM enthusiasts. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn how to experiment with bubbles, make a raisin dance, and turn soap into salt. Super Simple Things to do with Bubbles also includes a glossary, materials needed for each experiment, along with pictures to guide young children in their tasks. A great book for kids who are interested in fun experiments.

Whoosh by Chris Barton
For children in grades 1-3
Library Collection: Print / OverDrive

Did you know that one of the most popular toys was invented by accident? Meet Lonnie Johnson, a boy who had lots of ideas and no room for all of his gizmos and gadgets that his dad brought home from the junkyard. He had dreams of making rockets but this task wasn’t an easy one. He won a science fair and built his own booming sound system. Lonnie even worked for NASA but Lonnie had his own ideas for many inventions. One day he stumbled upon an invention by mistake that would become a water gun. Read about Lonnie’s challenges and his path to create a popular toy for kids.

Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone
For children in grades 4-8
Library Collection: Print

Bill Nye makes science entertaining and fun. This book includes over 30 experiments and tons of information for kids who love science. There are chapters that explain the forces of nature, climate change, tiny particles, chemicals, adventures in zoology and even water. Read about the water cycle and how to compost. You will also learn about how trees prefer old water, and find four fresh water challenges. There are also cool mind blowing facts that caregivers can share with their children. Did you know that after a shipping accident lost sneakers showed up on the shore of Hawaii?

Beautiful Beads by Kathy Ross
For children in grades 4-8
Library Collection: Print

This is a wonderful book that provides step-by-step instructions on how to create cool crafts. Learn how to make beaded doll sandals, a beaded picture board, and a flower magnet. You can also try to make a beady bookmark for your favorite book! An adorable book for children who are crafty and love to work with beads.

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