How to Make Bubbles: DIY Science Project ideas for Kids

Blowing bubbles is a great way to kill time and have some fun! Here is an amazing way to help you learn how to make bubbles with your child. Simple science experiments for kids like how to make bubbles help children understand the science behind bubble formation and make science lessons more entertaining. Read on to learn how to make bubbles and a bubble solution at home.

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Step-by-Step Instructions on How To Make Bubbles

It’s bubble time! But, how do you make bubbles at home? Simple, all you need to make bubbles is a bubble solution and a wand or a straw. A bubble solution is really easy to make, read on ahead to find the recipe. Just dip your wand into the solution and lightly blow air into the straw to make a bubble. Here is a fool-proof recipe to make a bubble solution to make bubbles at home.

What You’ll Need?

Before you start blowing bubbles, you need a bubble solution. Here is a list of things you’ll need to make a bubble solution at home.

  • 1 cup Joy or Dawn liquid dish soap (but make sure it’s not “ultra”)
  • 6 cups distilled water 
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin OR 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • A clean container that has a lid
  • A straw

How to Make Bubbles?

The glycerin or light corn syrup in the solution makes the bubble thicker, which allows you to blow bigger bubbles and almost unpoppable bubbles.

  • Step 1: Pour the water into the container. 
  • Step 2: Then pour the liquid dish soap into the water and mix it. But ensure that you mix it slowly without letting bubbles form.
  • Step 3: Add the glycerin or corn syrup into this watery soap mixture and mix. Again, ensure that you stir slowly so that bubbles don’t form.
  • Step 4: Let it rest overnight for best results. Or you can use it right away.
  • Step 5: To make bubbles, dip one end of the straw into the watery soap solution. Then put the other end of the straw into your mouth and blow the bubbles.

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Another Way to Perform the Bubble Experiment: Rainbow Bubble Snake

Looking for some more fun bubble-blowing ideas to entertain your little ones? Here’s another way to perform the bubble experiment. Add some magic to your child’s science lessons with this rainbow bubble snake!

What You’ll Need?

  • Bubble solution
  • A small bowl
  • A 16-20 oz empty plastic bottle with the bottom cut off
  • 2-3 drops of yellow, pink, blue and green food coloring ( or any food coloring of your choice)
  • A cotton sock, and
  • A rubber band

How to Make Bubbles?

Below are a few stepwise instructions on how to make bubbles at home.

  • Step 1: Pour your bubble solution into a bowl. Ensure that the bowl is wide enough to dip the bottle into the solution.
  • Step 2: Cover the cut side of the bottle with the sock and secure it with a rubber band.
  • Step 3: Add a few drops of the food coloring on the sock fabric. It’s ok if the colors get mixed.
  • Step 4: Now, dip the sock- covered end of the bottle into the bowl with the bubble solution.
  • Step 5: Lift it up and blow into the mouth of the bottle (the tapered side) and watch the magic happen. You’ll notice a beautiful and colorful bubble snake forming at the fabric end of the bottle. This experiment will ensure that your little ones have a bubblific time while learning science!

What You’ll See?

It’s bubble-ogy time! Once you and your child have learned how to make bubbles, explain the science behind (or inside) them.

  • What is a bubble? A bubble is a bit of air trapped inside a thin film of soap. The surface on the inside and outside of a bubble is made up of soap molecules. The two layers of soap molecules have a thin layer of water sandwiched between them. This holds the air trapped inside the bubble.
  • So, why is a bubble round or spherical in shape? Sometimes, when you blow bubbles using a large wand, you’ll get some bubbles in all sorts of crazy and fun shapes. But most bubbles are round or spherical shaped. This is because of surface tension. When you blow a bubble the liquid molecules in the solution want to attract each other. So they wrap around the burst of air so they can get attached to each other again. This is what gives bubbles their round or spherical shape. Water is made up of 2 hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Water molecules are attracted to each other because the hydrogen atoms and oxygen atoms are attracted to each other. When they meet, the molecules hug each other tightly so they don’t touch other molecules around them. This is why a bubble is spherical or round. It is also the reason why a bubble only rests a small part of itself on a surface when it lands.
  • Can you make a bubble in any other shape like a square or a rectangle? Most soap bubbles are always spherical or round in shape. But sometimes you can bend the laws of nature and force a bubble to take on another shape. For example, instead of using a regular straw or wand to blow a bubble, make a special cube shaped bubble blower with pipe cleaners and straws. If you dip this special bubble blower in the solution and take it out, you’ll get a square bubble! This is because of adhesion. The soap solution stretches between the sides of the cube and clings to it, thus forming a cube or square bubble.
  • But, why do these beautiful, rainbow-colored orbs burst or pop? A bubble pops when it comes in contact with another object. This is because the surface tension is broken. But sometimes a bubble just pops in the air, this happens because the water in the bubble has evaporated.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Make Bubbles

How to make bubbles?

Bubbles are one of the most loved playing items among children. So, let us learn how to make bubbles. Firstly, fill the container with water and pour liquid soap by giving it a good mix. Then add glycerin and stir well. Now, let it rest for a night and finally, give kids a straw and ask them to dip it in the bubbles solution and blow them.

What are the materials required for making bubbles?

Some of the materials required for making bubbles are straw, container, dish wash liquid, distilled water according to the quantity, and glycerin.

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