A Little Messy
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To Get Started:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
More fun with bubbles here: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/2012/11/28/mad-bubble-scientist-an-indoor-bubble-experiment-for-all-ages/