Soap Factory

April 23, 2020

What is one substance that dirt, germs, and bacteria can't resist? Soap.

Gabriella Perry shares what's the matter with soap in this experiment that changes soap from one state to another. 

Materials | Supplies

  • bar or liquid soap
  • water
  • cheese grater, plastic utensil, or other item to scrape soap
  • whisk, spatula, spoon
  • bowls
  • towels

Concepts Explored

  • cause and effect
  • states of matter
  • fine motor skills
  • viscosity
  • chemistry

Discovery Starters

Did all the soap mix with the water the same? Why or why not?

What soap made the best bubbles?

How does the mixture feel? 

What happened when you added more water to the solution? 

Explore Further

What else in your home bubbles? Are the bubbles caused by the same action as those you made in the soap? 

When you add liquid to other solids, do they dissolve? 

Happy Bubble by Two Astronauts

The Ultimate Bubble Book: Soapy Science Fun by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone

PBS kids website: How to Make Soap 

Creative Discovery Museum website: Soap Power!

Children's Museum of Indianapolis website: Microwave Soap

Amazeum YOU Soap Factory Activity Guide

Amazeum YOU Intro to Bubbles