That’s a Wrap- Bubble Wrap

24 Feb

It’s “Thumbs Up Thursday”

Today, I’d like you to click the “like button” below this post if you especially like: Bubble Wrap (brand).  It’s a celebrated product that is useful and fun.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, let’s learn some basic information first…

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Bubble Wrap (originally Air Cap) is a trademarked brand of Sealed Air Corporation that includes numerous cushioning products made from bubble wrap.  The brand and product were introduced in 1960, with the launch of Sealed Air.   Although the brand was originally used for the packaging of IBM computers, Sealed Air now does most of its Bubble Wrap business in the food packaging industry.

History

Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. Fielding and Chavannes sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper.   When the product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it as greenhouse insulation.   Although Bubble Wrap was branded by Sealed Air Corporation (founded by Fielding and Chavannes) in 1960, it was not until a few years later that its use in protective packaging was discovered.   As a packaging material, Bubble Wrap’s first client was IBM, which used the product to protect the IBM 1401 computer during shipment.  Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993.  Sealed Air celebrated Bubble Wrap’s 50th birthday in January 2010.

Who doesn’t love those tiny air pockets that  are addictive to “pop” with our fingertips?  For a creative fun activity for a little one, all you need is a roll of  bubble wrap secured firmly on the ground with a strong tape.  The child is invited to jump to his heart content and the bystanders get to enjoy the audio of gleeful popping noises.  The individual air pocket exploding may sound like a cap gun and the combination of many popped segments sound much louder.  Jumping on bubble wrap is an inexpensive activity that involves  physical, audio, and visual senses.

Visit this URL site I discovered to use your computer to virtually “pop” the on screen bubble wrap! There is even a manic mode that allows you to scroll over and pop much faster!   Enjoy!   http://www.primepuzzle.com/images/bubblewrap.swf

Take bubble wrap to the post office for functional use,  or take it outdoors for a fun use.  Both ideas are proof of a creative product. And as a warning, little ones may also like the computer popping exercise, while it can be loud for you, at least you can control the volume and also chalk the experience to eye-hand coordination exercises!

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2 Responses to “That’s a Wrap- Bubble Wrap”

  1. clubcreativestudio February 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM #

    Brings out the kid in all of us- aside of being functional for our packaging needs.

  2. Janine Ripper February 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM #

    Oh I do adore bubble wrap!

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