Burst a Bubble

Burst a Bubble

Marbles Rings

Play around with a variety of ingredients to create your own bubble solution.  Tinker with objects you find around the house to make bubble wands. Make observations about what solution yields the biggest, strongest bubbles and how bubbles made with different solutions behave differently. 

What You Need: 

  • Water 
  • Liquid dish soap 
  • Corn syrup 
  • Sugar 
  • Glycerin 
  • Found materials from around the house to make bubble wands: pipe cleaners, straws, yarn, hangers, plastic bottles 

What You Do: 

  1. Make one or more of these bubble solutions.  Then experiment with mixing up your own recipe.  Which concoction yields the most amazing bubbles? 
    • Solution One: 
      • 4 tablespoons water
      • 1 tablespoon concentrated dish soap
      • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • Gently stir until the sugar dissolves. Let rest for an hour before use.
    • Solution Two: 
      • 3 cups water
      • 1 cup concentrated dish soap
      • ½ cup glycerin
      • Gently stir until ingredients are combined.  Let rest for an hour before use. 
    • Solution Three:
      • 6 cups water
      • 1 cup light corn syrup
      • 2 cups concentrated dish soap
      • Gently stir until ingredients are combined.  Let rest for an hour before use. 
  2. Create some bubble wands using materials you find around the house.  You can use pipe cleaners, coat hangers, straws and string, plastic lids with the middle removed, plastic bottles with the bottom removed, or funnels. Experiment and get creative.  Try making wands in different shapes.
  3. Blow some bubbles!  Experiment with which solution yields the biggest, strongest, longest lasting, floatiest bubbles.  Test out different wands.  Do different wands create different sizes and shapes of bubbles? 

Did You Know? 

Bubbles are air trapped inside soap film.  The soap film is like a sandwich, a layer of water between two layers of soap. Bubbles last as long as the soap film doesn’t break or the water doesn’t evaporate. No matter what shape the bubble wand, bubbles are spherical when set free in the air. The air inside the bubble pushes equally in all directions forming a sphere. The colors seen on the surface of bubbles are the result of the soap film not being equal in thickness. The colors result from reflection and refraction. 

Words to Use:  

  • Solution: A liquid in which a solid or gas has been mixed. 
  • Surface tension: The way molecules on the surface of a liquid stick together so that the surface is held together.  
  • Reflection: To send back light. 
  • Refraction: When light changes direction as it passes through water or glass. 

Questions to Ask: 

  • What do you notice? 
  • Why do you think…? 
  • What if...? 
  • Do wands with different shapes make different shapes of bubbles? 

Change It Up: 

  • Age It Down: Pour a small amount of bubble solution on a plate or tray.  Let kids blow through straws to make a plate full of bubbles. 
  • Age It Up: Create a chart to document your findings about which solution makes the biggest, strongest, longest lasting bubbles.  

Learning Connections:  

  • Creativity 
  • Curiosity 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) 
  • Fine Motor Development 
  • Using Tools 

Curriculum Connections:
NC Standard Course of Study 

  • Science: K.P.2, 2.P.2, 3.P.2 
  • Math: NC.K.MD.1, NC.K.MD.2, NC.K.G.4, NC.K.G.5, NC.1.G.2, NC.2.MD.3, NC.3.MD.3, NC.4.MD.4, NC.5.MD.2 

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