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Bubble Science Experiments

Bubble science

Bubble science

Experiments With Bubbles

Bubbles are fun to blow, chase, and play with. But bubbles can be educational, too. Kids learn about air, surface tension, reflection and refraction, geometry, and much more.

Below you will find simple bubble experiments for the little ones and some more challenging bubble projects for older scientists as well.

Bubble Discoveries

Discover how to make glow in the dark bubbles, how to freeze bubbles, how to create square bubbles, how to light bubbles on fire, and even how to hold bubbles in your hands.

Not only will kids learn with these bubble projects, they will be busy having a great time in the process. This is the place where bubble science meets bubble entertainment.

Bubble Ingredients

These ingredients are probably in your kitchen right now.

These ingredients are probably in your kitchen right now.

Homemade Bubbles Recipes

Making bubble solution can be a science project in itself. Mixing dish liquid and water is great for blowing normal bubbles, but performing some of these bubble experiments require bubbles that last a bit longer. Here are several recipes for more durable bubbles.

Letting the solution sit for a day or so makes for better bubbles.

Recipe #1 - Corn Syrup

  • 1 Cup of warm water (purified water works best)
  • 2 Tablespoons of dish liquid
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup

Add the ingredients in a container and mix.

Recipe #2 - Glycerin

  • 1 Cup of warm water (purified)
  • 2 Tablespoons of dish liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon of glycerin

Glycerin can typically be found in either the pharmacy section or the crafting section of most stores. It is used in making soaps.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a container.

Recipe #3 - Sugar

  • 1 Cup of warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons of dish liquid
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar

Mix the sugar into the warm water until it is dissolved. Then add the dish liquid.

Experiment with several bubble recipes. Which recipes work the best? What other types of soap make bubbles? What other ingredients can add stickiness and durability to bubble solutions?

Colored Bubbles

Hold a Bubble in Your Hand

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Bouncing Bubbles in Action

Touchable Bubbles

Materials:

Glycerin or corn syrup bubble solution

A pair of clean gloves or socks

Bubble wand

What normally happens when you try to touch a bubble? With this experiment, you can hold a bubble in your hand and even bounce it around.

To begin, you will need to mix up some bubble solution using either the recipe with corn syrup or the recipe with glycerin from above. For the best results, let the bubble solution sit for about a day. This gives the mixture time to settle for the optimal bounciness.

When the solution is good and settled, put on gloves or put a pair of clean socks on your hands. Blow the bubbles or have a friend blow them. Try to catch the bubbles with your hands. Can you get the bubbles to bounce around now?

The gloves are the key to touchable bubbles. Our hands have dirt and oil on them, which causes bubbles to pop. So with the gloves on, the bubbles have a surface that they can land on and even bounce off. Try using other fabrics and surfaces to see which works best.

How to Make Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Materials:

Highlighter marker or glow stick

Dish liquid

Tonic water (optional)

Black light

Blowing bubbles is usually something to do during the day. But bubbles that glow in the dark make bubble blowing a fun nighttime activity. There is something eerie about glowing bubbles that gives them a mysterious appeal.

The best way to make glow in the dark bubbles is with a highlighter marker or with a glow stick. (You can use glow powders or paints, but most don't mix as well with the bubble solution). You will have to cut open the marker or glow stick and pour the liquid into a bowl. You may need to soak the felt from the highlighter in a bit of water to get the liquid out. Yellow, green, or orange highlighters glow the best.

Mix the glowing liquid along with water and dish liquid. Turn off the lights, get a bubble wand, and start blowing glowing bubbles.

I like to use tonic water to mix in with the soap instead of regular water. Then I turn on the blacklights for an even better glow (tonic water is blacklight sensitive). If you are using a highlighter, you will need the blacklight to make the mixture fluoresce. Glow sticks, paints, and powders should glow without a blacklight. You may have to expose them to light first.

The bubbles should wipe away easily when you are finished. You may want to avoid fabric surfaces just in case. If you are unsure about stains, blow the bubbles outside. If you are using the bubbles with little kids, check the glow materials to be sure they are non-toxic.

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Square Bubbles

Materials:

Bubble solution

Large container (example - bucket)

Straws

Tape

(Tinkertoys or other building toys can be used instead)

What shapes do bubbles come in? Bubbles are only round, right? Did you know that you can actually make square bubbles?

You will need to make a cube to create square bubbles. I used straws taped together. If you have Tinkertoys or other construction toys, you can use those to put together a cube shape. Pipe cleaners will work as well, but they are a bit flimsy.

You will submerge the cube, so try to make it small enough to fit into the container you are using. A 5-6 inch cube would be ideal.

Get the bubble solution ready (the type of bubbles don't matter for this experiment). Dip the cube into the bubbles. Carefully pull out the cube. Depending on how the bubbles form, you can have a square in the middle or all sorts of other shapes.

You can dip a wand into the bubbles and then blow it into the cube to change the shape of the bubbles already formed.

Experiment with more shapes by making a pyramid to dip into the bubbles. See if you can form triangle-shaped bubbles.

Making Square Bubbles

Frozen Bubbles

Materials:

Bubble solution

Bubble wand

Plate

Bubbles are made of water, so they can be frozen, too. Frozen bubbles are beautiful to look at and fun to make. But like regular bubbles, they don't last long. Frozen bubbles are tricky to make, but it can be done, even in the summer.

The best time to freeze bubbles is outside on a day that is be