Bubbles 101

April 14, 2020

There's some incredible science behind making the perfect bubble solution for beautiful bubbles. 

Adam Jenkins tinkers with solutions to discover what gives bubbles elasticity, longevity, and excellent burstability.

Materials | Supplies

  • DIY bubble solution or store bought solution
  • plastic storage bin
  • kiddie pool
  • bucket or pail
  • hula hoops
  • bubble wands, straws, string
  • chenille sticks
  • knit gloves
  • towels

Concepts Explored

  • surface tension
  • chemistry
  • solutions
  • creativity
  • measurement

Discovery Starters

What do you notice in the bubbles? 

How could you make a bubble inside another bubble? 

Can you make bubbles of different shapes, sizes or colors? 

Why do some bubble last longer than others? 

Bubble Solution Recipe

Basic Solution:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon liquid dish soap

Add 5 tablespoons glycerin or 1/2 cup corn syrup to make bubbles last longer.

Add 1/4 teaspoon guar gum for giant bubbles. (mix guar gum with glycerin or corn syrup first to prevent clumping)

Mix ingredients together slowly to avoid making bubbles in the solution. 

Bubble solutions are best after they rest over night.



Additional Resources

Child Fun website: Bubbles

YouTube video: Giant Bubble Maker

Amazeum You Bubbles Activity Guide