National Bubble Week comes annually during the first week of spring and this year, it takes place from March 20 to 27. Hasbro started the week-long event to celebrate and welcome the spring season. It comes as no surprise that bubbles are used to welcome each new spring during National Bubble Week, a holiday that has now been celebrated over 20 times. The fun iridescence of bubbles has become synonymous with spring, making them an apt symbol. The week is a great time to invite kids and adults alike to kick off the season by blowing bubbles in the great big outdoors! A holiday this joyful is always a welcome transition from the cold winter in our opinion.
History of National Bubble Week
Bubbles occur in nature although fleeting and unreproducible. The man-made version has been around for millennia, first recorded in coincidence with the first record of soap in 3000 B.C. when Sumerians began production. This discovery of bubbles kickstarted a tradition of playing with soap and colors.
As soap began to spread across the world, bubbles followed with their beautiful iridescence. Soap bubbles made bath time more fun for children in Medieval Europe, helped da Vinci ponder the concept of surface tension, and dazzled Newton with their colors. The soap bubble has even made itself a staple in literary devices across the globe, often used as a symbol of the “transience of human life,” or to represent beauty.
Since time immemorial, soap bubbles have fascinated children. While younger children may be content with watching, as they get older, they are quick to participate in creating the bubbles. Playing with soap bubbles has several developmental advantages as well. It helps children develop dexterity, social skills, and an understanding of the basic laws of physics.
National Bubble Week timeline
Soap is invented by the Sumerians.
The manufacture of soap begins in the American colonies.
War shortages lead to the production of detergents by synthesis.
The first National Bubble Week takes place in the U.S.
National Bubble Week FAQs
Do bubbles reduce stress?
The deep breathing required to blow bubbles is, reportedly, good for relaxation. For adults, bubbles bring back fond childhood memories. Such thoughts are sure to relieve stress, albeit briefly.
What is the soap bubble a representation of?
The soap bubble often represents joy or the dangers of transient happiness. In general, people associate it with children and playfulness.
Who painted soap bubbles?
Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s first painting in 1734 was entitled ‘Les Bulles de Savon’ (meaning ‘Soap Bubbles’). Charles Amédée Philippe Van Loo also painted ‘Soap Bubbles’ in 1764. There were many bubble-themed works of art created during the 16th to 18th centuries because of the great fascination with bubbles at that time.
National Bubble Week Activities
Start a bubble painting project
Bubble painting is a fun way to engage both adults and kids. Start a bubble painting project, and create a masterpiece.
Pop some bubble wrap
If staying indoors is your thing and art isn’t, try finding some leftover bubble wrap from an old shipping package. Popping the bubbles is an underrated delight that may also relieve stress.
Go out and blow bubbles
Simply go outside and blow some bubbles around. You may stroll to a nearby park to celebrate with other people in your community, or stay in your front yard for some private fun and reflection.
5 Important Facts About Bubbles
The source of bubble colors
The colors come from iridescence; light gets distorted when it passes through a bubble.
Many bubbles make foam
Many bubbles come together to form foam.
Bubbles have three layers
A layer of water is sandwiched between two layers of soap.
The goal is to become a sphere
Bubbles always try to become a sphere because of their surface tension.
Heat is the enemy
Bubbles often burst because the water between the two layers of soap evaporates, thus bubbles last longer in cold temperatures.
Why We Love National Bubble Week
Bubbles are fun
There’s a reason why bubbles have been loved for millennia. They are simply fun to create and watch.
Quality time with kids
This week may also be the perfect opportunity to spend time with your kids. Plan a great big bubble-themed project to do together.
Spring is on its way
Allergy season aside, who doesn’t love spring? This week marks the beginning of spring, the most pleasant time of the year.
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