Playing with bubbles is a fun for all ages activity you can play outside most of the year. We have outside time every day to get our bodies moving, get fresh air and some sun. To make things easy I buy bubble solution at the dollar store or the grocery store. We’ve also made our own from water and dish soap.
Below I’ve included a fun bubble experiment (with super bubble recipe) I’ve done several times with my STEM students. It’s always a big hit.
Super Bubble Science Experiment
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup Liquid Dish Soap (avoid ultra-dish soap)
- 6 Cups Distilled Water (tap water also works fine)
- 2 clean containers with lids
- 1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
- Measuring Cup
- Mixing Spoon
- Pipe cleaner or plastic pipet (cut off closed end to make blower)
- Tape and a marker
What to do:
- Measure six cups of water into one container, then pour 1 cup of dish soap into the water and slowly stir in until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let the solution foam or bubble while you stir.
- Once the soap and water are mixed, go outside to test it. Dip your bubble blower into the solution and let the extra drip off. Blow to make bubbles. Did you get a lot of bubbles? How big are they? How long did they last before popping?
- Have an adult help pour half of the bubble solution into the other container. Put a piece of tape on the outside of the new container. Label Super Bubbles.
- Measure ¼ cup of corn syrup and add it to the Super Bubble solution container. Stir the solution until mixed together.
- Go outside and blow the Super Bubble solution bubbles. Are these bubbles different from the plain water and soap ones? Are they bigger or smaller? Do they last longer or pop faster? Can you blow a really big bubble?
- To make even better bubbles, put the lid on the container and let your super bubble solution sit overnight. Add corn syrup to the other bottle to make those super bubble too.
How long can you keep your bubble afloat before it pops? How many bubbles can you blow in one minute? How long can you keep a bubble in the air?
Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and have fun!
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