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Soap. Water. Pop!

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A little soap and water goes a long, fun way for kids to use their craft skills, their imaginations, and their science smarts—all at the same time. So bubble up outdoors and observe how these light-as-air spheres behave!
Craft Your Own Summer Fun with Bubbles
What You‘ll Need
  • 10 cups of water
  • 1 cup dish soap
  • 1 teaspoon of glycerin (optional; found at pharmacies)
  • A wide, flat pan
  • Chenille sticks
  • Plastic drinking straws
What You'll Do
  • Mix the water, soap, and glycerin together in the pan.
  • To make bubble wands, shape large and small circles from chenille sticks, and twist on a handle. The straws can be used to make little bubbles.
  • Dip the wands in the soapy mix, then blow!
To Play

There's a lot to notice, do, and discover when it comes to bubbles. Here are some ideas.

  • Test different ways of blowing on the soap film—gently or forcefully, fast or slow.
  • See how the bubbles pick up the colors around them.
  • Notice the shadows made by bubbles. Look at the colors in the shadows.
  • Try attaching a number of bubbles together on one wand.
  • Pass a bubble back and forth between teammates.
  • Experiment with making a very big bubble.
  • Use a straw to make very tiny bubbles.
  • Observe what happens when a bubble pops.
  • See how the wind affects where the bubbles go.
  • Compare what happens to big bubbles and small bubbles in the wind.
  • Discover which surfaces bubbles will attach to without popping, and notice how the bubbles look when they attach.

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