How to Make Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is a great way to kill time and have some fun! Here are 3 recipes on how to make bubbles with your child.

Homemade Bubble Recipes and Tricks

Read our homemade bubble recipes below:

  1. How to Make Homemade Bubble Solution
  2. Materials required: Straw, warm water, a container with lid, dishwashing liquid, and glycerin.

    To learn how to make homemade bubble solution, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps. 

    Step 1: Take a container and empty 6 cups of water into it, and then mix in some dishwashing liquid too.

    Step 2: Add glycerin (1 tbsp) to the mixture.

    Step 3: Let the solution sit overnight in your container (put the lid on!)

    Step 4: Finally, start blowing bubbles with your straw!

    Here’s what happens: A “sandwich” is formed with 3 bubble layers – soap, water, and soap again. The glycerin in the solution makes the bubble thicker, and so it allows you to blow bigger bubbles that might not pop easily. When they pop, it happens because the water in the bubble evaporates.

  3. Bubbles Experiment and the Science Behind Bubble Formation
  4. Materials required: A tray, liquid dish soap, and 2 glasses of water.

    Steps to follow the experiment:

    Step 1: Place 1 glass of water in the middle of your tray.

    Step 2: Take the other glass of water and pour a little bit of it into the glass in Step 1. Pour until the glass is full and the water forms a “dome”-like shape above the rim.

    Step 3: Put your finger gently through the dome. You’ll notice that the water doesn’t slide down the glass.

    Step 4: Apply a little bit of liquid dish soap on the tip of your finger and then put that finger through the dome. You’ll notice that the water does “break” and slides down the glass.

    Here’s what happens: Why did the water rise in the glass to form a “dome”? It was because of the water molecules that closely stuck together to form a “surface tension”. That’s why, when you put your finger inside the glass, the water molecules didn’t break. However, they did break when you applied the liquid dish soap to your finger. This is because the water molecules didn’t stick to each other anymore. What else did you notice? You found that bubbles form when water is mixed with liquid dish soap. This is because water becomes almost “elastic” when it mixes with soap. This is the science you need to know when you make bubble solutions!

  5. Homemade Bubble Solution Trick
  6. Here’s a trick you can remember when you make homemade bubble solution:

    Instead of using a straw, create your own bubble blower in the shape of a square! Use pipe cleaners to twist them around to create this shape. You’ll find that no matter the shape of the bubble blower when you make bubble solution and dip your bubble blower into it, the bubble you blow is always round.

    Here’s why bubbles are always round: The reason the shape is round is that the soap’s skin tries to occupy very little space while always retaining the same amount of air in the bubble.

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