Bubbles and Movement

  • Time Length
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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

  • Difficulty
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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. How big of a bubble can you make? How many bubbles can you make in one breath?

Question and Wonder:

  • Are all blown bubbles the same size?
  • What fills the bubble?
  • How do bubbles travel?

Store bought bubbles will work just as well for your experiment.

Imagine and Design:

  • What do the bubbles you are making remind you of?
  • Where do you see bubbles at home and in the neighborhood?
  • What do bubbles look like in sunlight or bright lights?

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?
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