Science is always fun in our book, but even more so when you get the experience of using it to create something that you can “play” with.
Sometimes we just make bubbles and play for the sheer enjoyment of it but they can also be used as a great science experiment as well as math lessons.
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If you want to know how to make super bubbles, you’ve come to the right place.
Super Bubbles Recipe
- 2 cups very warm water
- ¾ cup Dawn dishwashing detergent
- 2 T. light corn syrup
- Optional: food coloring
While you can try other brands of dishwashing soap, I’ve found Dawn to be the best at creating amazing bubbles.
Super Bubbles Instructions
- Combine warm water and corn syrup, stir until corn syrup is dissolved into water.
- Gently stir in dishwashing soap to combine well.
- The bubbles are naturally blue from the dish soap but if desired you can add food coloring to tint them another color.
You can also experiment with different amounts of water, soap, and corn syrup to investigate which combination makes the biggest bubbles, the sturdiest, those that float the highest, etc… Don’t forget to have your child write down their hypothesis and the findings as well.
What makes bubbles science? The various parts of the bubble-the air inside, the thin formation of soap that makes your bubble itself, the water evaporation that eventually makes your bubble pop, figuring out how various recipes work.
Now you are going to need a way to blow those bubbles….
If you have leftover bubble blowers from a store bought bottle you are in luck but I think it’s much more fun to make your own. You can use a thicker piece of wire, a metal coat hanger, or our favorite- chenille stems ( Pipe cleaners).
To create a bubble wand I just made a circle on one end twisted the excess so there was none sticking out, you can make this as small or as large as you like.
Then I just created a small circle on the other end the same way just big enough for a finger to slip through and hold.
Try different materials and shapes to see if it affects the strength of the bubble, the distance it floats, etc…
Dip your wand in and blow!
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