Make your own bubbles experiment

Bubbles are easy to make and lots of fun. Kids make bubbles of all sizes and shapes.

Here is a simple bubble recipe that requires only basic household items. It’s easy to make your own bubble solution and start blowing bubbles in no time!

Your Materials For This Experiment:

  • Water

  • Dishwashing Soap

  • Wire (a coat hanger canl work)

Now Follow These Steps:

First:  Start off with a clean container that will hold your bubble mixture.  Pour two cups of water into your container and add a half a cup of dishwashing soap. Being exact with the amounts isn’t a priority. If you make the best bubbles possible you can try adding a tablespoon of glycerin (glycerol), corn syrup or sugar to the solution.

Then: Stir the ingredients together.

Finally: Make a bubble wand.  Take a piece of wire and bend one end so it forms a small circle. For bigger bubbles just make the circle bigger (don’t make it too big as it might not work).

Here's what's happening?

A bubble is a thin film of soapy water. Most of the bubbles that you see are filled with air, but you can make a bubble using other gases, such as carbon dioxide. The film that makes the bubble has three layers. A thin layer of water is sandwiched between two layers of soap molecules. Each soap molecule is oriented so that its polar (hydrophilic) head faces the water, while its hydrophobic hydrocarbon tail extends away from the water layer. No matter what shape a bubble has initially, it will try to become a sphere. The sphere is the shape that minimizes the surface area of the structure, which makes it the shape that requires the least energy to achieve.