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!
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.