Bubbles and Movement

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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

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To Get Started:

  1. Measure 6 cups of water into one container, then pour 1 cup of dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form while you stir.
  2. Measure 1 tablespoon of glycerin or 1/4 cup of corn syrup and add it to the container. Stir the solution until it is mixed together.
  3. You can use the solution right away, but to make even better bubbles, put the lid on the container and let your super bubble solution sit overnight. (Note: If you used “Ultra” dish soap, double the amount of glycerin or corn syrup.)
  4. Dip a bubble wand or straw into the mixture, slowly pull it out, wait a few seconds, and then blow.

Store bought bubbles can also be used for this activity.

Question and Wonder:

  • How big of a bubble can you make?
  • How many bubbles can you make in one breath?
  • Are all blown bubbles the same size?

Imagine and Design:

  • What items can you use to blow bubbles?
  • How can you make your own bubble wand?
  • What fills the bubble?
  • How do bubbles travel? How can you make them move faster?
  • What makes a bubble pop?
  • Do you see bubbles anywhere else in your home or neighborhood? Where? What made them?
  • What do bubbles look like in sunlight or bright lights?
  • Can you make bubbles that aren’t round? How? Why?

Test and Discuss:

  • How many different size bubbles can you make?
  • Are your bubbles as big as a golf ball, tennis ball or marble?
  • How far can your bubble travel?
  • What are other ways of making bubbles?

Did You Know?:

A bubble is just air wrapped in soap film. Soap film is made from soap and water (or other liquid). The outside and inside surfaces of a bubble consist of soap molecules. A thin layer of water lies between the two layers of soap molecules, sort of like a water sandwich with soap molecules for bread.

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