Bubble activities are fun and motivating for children. The way bubbles float in the air seems magical and they are so pretty. Popping them is fun too! It’s easy to make shapes for wands and make bubble solution with simple items.
Safety note: Be sure to explain safety precautions to children. These experiments use soap. Eye protection should be used. Before and after this experiment, be sure to thoroughly clean hands. Disclaimer: All information provided on this site is for entertainment and education purposes only. Using any information from thecasabouquet.com is at your own risk.
The basic set up is a wand, a soapy solution, and a way to blow the solution through the wand into the air.
These 9 bubble activities encourage children to ask questions about surface tension, collect data, analyze, and share their findings.
- Fun Bubble Science Projects from ThoughtCo.
- The Science Behind Bubbles from Kids Discover
- Bubble activities for kids from Happy Hooligans
- Bubble-ology from Science Buddies
- Blow the Biggest Bubbles from Scientific American
- Science of soap bubbles from MIT Blossoms
- Homemade bubble recipe for kids from Crystal and Company
- Bubbles from the Exploratorium
- Making bubble wands from household items from Verywell
When trying bubble activities, I always encourage children to make it into an experiment. You can change variables in several areas.
Bubble solution: The traditional ingredients for bubbles are detergent and water. Try soap and water, or compare adding glycerin versus corn syrup.
Wand size and shape: Try straws, shaping a wire loop (such as coat hanger), string loop, cardboard tube, pipe cleaner, straws with strings, or straws and pipe cleaners to make 3D shapes.
Bubble colors: Observe the colors in the bubbles. Are they related to size or thickness? How are they similar to rainbow colors?
Speed of blowing: A traditional bubble technique is using your mouth to blow through a small round wand. Try changing how fast you blow into different wands or tubes. You can use your arm to swish wands through the air. Also you can try using a fan to blow.
What is the science?
Content: chemistry, surface tension, elasticity, reflection, refraction, fluid mechanics
Bubbles are made by blowing a thin film of soapy water into a closed shape. Air is trapped inside the soap film. Adding glycerin to the soap solution allows the bubbles to last longer by slowing down evaporation.
Resource links for bubble activities
- General Lab Safety resources from Flinn Scientific. Be sure to check out the Student Safety Contract.
- Soap Bubbles from Chemical and Engineering News
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