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Homemade Bubbles

Explore the science of bubbles and have some outdoor fun just like Elmo, Abby, Telly, and Chris did during their Bubblefest!

Materials

  • 1 cup dish soap
  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • Plastic container
  • Pipe cleaners

Directions

  1. Make your own bubble mixture to experiment and play with! Help your child measure one cup of dish soup and pour it into a large bowl.
  2. Add eight cups of water to the mixture, counting each one as you go. Create a math problem: one cup of soap plus eight cups of water is how many cups of liquid all together?
  3. Measure a 1/4 cup of corn syrup and stir it into the mix. Your bubbles mixture should be ready!
  4. Now you need bubble blowers! To make your own bubble blowers, help your child bend pipe cleaners into the shape of a bubble wand.
  5. Pour some homemade bubble mixture into a plastic container and dip your wand into the mixture to start making bubbles! Help your child describe what she sees.

Talk About It

Many children have blown bubbles before, but they may have never looked closely at the bubbles. Ask questions such as "Can you see a rainbow in the bubbles?" or "What colors do you see?" Talk about how colors on the bubble are made from light bouncing off of it.

Take It Further

Try changing your bubble wand into different shapes such as a triangle or a square. Make a prediction about what shapes your bubbles will be when you blow into your new bubble wand. Try it out! What do you observe?

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