Giant Bubbles & DIY Bubble Wands

Good morning scientists! If your little scientist is anything like mine, then they love bubbles. We made up a batch of giant bubbles and had a super time playing.

MaterialsGiant Bubbles and DIY Bubble Wands (12)

Bubble Mix

Light Corn Syrup

Water

Dish Soap

Measuring Cup

Spoon (For mixing)

Container to store bubble mix & Container to Use to Dip (A frying pan or an actual bubble pan)

Bubble Wands DIY or Store Bought

DIY Bubble Wands

Pipe Cleaners

String or Yarn

Scissors

Straws (No bend or cut the bend off)

Investigation

**Do not drink the bubble mix, carefully supervise your child at all times.**

****We Made two batches, one in the pan and one in our large measuring cup. It was much easier to mix evenly in the measuring cup then it was in the saucepan. I would recommend mixing it then gently pouring it into your saucepan or bubble tray.****

  1. Measure 1 1/2 Cups of water and 1/2 cup of dish soap and gently stir the mix up in your bubble container. (Do this slowly, the less bubbles formed the better for your bubbles). Measure 1/4 cup of light corn syrup and gently mix into your bubble mixture.

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  2. Use your pipe cleaner to make a bubble wand by twisting one end of the pipe cleaner into a loop. You can also make a big bubble wand with a long piece of yarn (We ended up shortening ours to make it a little easier to handle) and two straws by feeding the yard through the two stares and trying the ends into a knot. **Note the heart was out little scientists favorite one to use, it still makes round bubbles in case you were wondering**Giant Bubbles and DIY Bubble Wands (33)
  3. Go outside and have fun blowing bubbles with your little one.

Talking Points

You can blow soap bubbles because the soap water mix together to create a solution that can be filled with air. The soap makes the surface tension of water weaker, it forms a thin wall and traps the air inside. Surface tension is the tendency of a liquid to shrink so it has the smallest surface area or outside layer as possible.

Bubbles pop when the water in-between the soap layers in the outer wall evaporates. The corn syrup is added to our mixture to thicken it up. This makes the bubbles walls thicker and stronger so that the water does not evaporate as quickly. The corn syrup is the key to making giant bubbles.

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