How to Make Bubbles

Want Unpoppable Bubbles? Learn How To Make Bubbles With A Simple Homemade Bubble Solution

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. Bubbles are fascinating things, aren’t they? There’s something so mesmerizing about these iridescent spheres that you never get tired of them. Everyone loves bubbles, whether they’re adults or children. 

Science lessons can sometimes be too complex and confusing for children to understand. However, science experiments for kids demonstrate the concept in front of their eyes and help children grasp the concept quickly. A simple activity like how to make bubbles is a wonderful way to make science lessons fun and entertaining.

A bubble experiment is a wonderful way to help children learn about elasticity, surface tension, light and chemistry. Additionally, blowing bubbles is a great way to kill time and have some fun! Those mystical, iridescent orbs floating through the air and popping as soon as they touch something will leave your child in awe and fascinated for hours. 

Here is a simple step-by-step guide to learn how to make bubbles with your child.

How to Make Bubbles At Home

It’s bubble time! But, how do you make bubbles at home? Simple, all you need to make bubbles is a bubble solution. A bubble solution is really easy to make. You’ll find all the ingredients you need right in your kitchen. Here is a fool-proof recipe to make a bubble solution to make bubbles at home.

Things You’ll Need To Make A Bubble Solution At Home

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

A Step-by-step Guide To Learn How To Make Bubbles

Here is the step-by-step guide to making awesome bubbles at home.

  • 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.

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

Here’s a trick to make bigger bubbles:

Instead of using a straw, create your own bubble blower in the shape of a square! Use pipe cleaners and twist them around to create a square shape. Dip the homemade bubble blower and have fun blowing giant bubbles. Just let them float in the air or have fun popping them.

Another Way To Perform The Bubble Experiment

Here is another way to teach children about surface tension and elasticity.

Things you need:

  • A tray
  • liquid dish soap, and 
  • 2 glasses of water

Directions:

  • Step 1: Place 1 glass of water in the middle of the tray.
  • Step 2: Take the other glass of water and pour a little bit of it into the 1st glass.
  • Step 3: Pour until the glass is full and the water forms a “dome” shape above the rim of the glass.
  • Step 4: Swipe your finger gently through the dome. You’ll notice that the “dome” doesn’t break and water doesn’t slide down the glass.
  • Step 5: Apply a little bit of liquid dish soap on the tip of your finger and then swipe that finger through the dome. You’ll notice that the water “breaks” and slides down the glass.

The Science Behind The Bubble Experiment

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.
  • 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.
  • In the second experiment, why did the water rise in the glass to form a “dome”? The surface layer of liquids is made up of a thin, elastic layer called surface tension. This surface tension creates a “dome” shape. This is also the reason the water molecules didn’t break when you put your finger inside the glass initially. 
  • Why did the “dome” of water break when you touched it with soap? The liquid dish soap on your finger broke the surface tension, which ensured that the water molecules didn’t stick to each other anymore. This is why the “dome” breaks and water slid down the glass.