Sensory Soap Experiments • 5 Brilliant Ways to Learn About Bubbles

Learn about the science of suds with these sensory soap experiments!

Double, double, science, and bubbles!

Bubbles are everywhere! We see them in soap, soda, and even our own saliva (gross!)Have you ever wondered why and how scientists study bubbles? Try it out for yourself with these five sensory soap experiments that will teach you all about the science of suds and bubbles.

Water you waiting for? Let's get started! 


Bubble Snakes

Make bubble snakes with this sensory, early childhood approved activity! With just a few items, you can make long, endless bubbles. To make this more fun, add some washable paint to your bubble solution!

Lava Lamps

Lava lamps are making a comeback with this DIY project! With some simple items found around the house, your young scientist will learn all about density with these simple steps.

Un-Poppable Bubbles

If you’ve ever wondered why bubbles pop, you’re not alone. Other than being poked or landing on something sharp, bubbles pop when the water between the soap film surfaces evaporates.

Want to make your own un-poppable bubbles? All you need is water, dish soap, and glycerin. 

Bath Fizzers

It’s time to make bath fizzers for you and your friends! This chemistry project introduces chemical reactions.

Make your bath fizzer as unique as you by experimenting with different scents or colors. 

Iridescent Bookmarks

Iridescence is a rainbow-like coloration that changes colors when you look at it from different angles. It can be found naturally in animals like fish scales or a butterfly's wing.  It can also be seen in bubbles!

Using just drops of clear nail polish, you can achieve this effect at home and create a customized iridescent bookmark!


 

Un-Poppable Bubble Recipe

While blowing bubbles may be every child’s favorite activity, scientists actually study the science behind bubbles every day. Bubbles provide the opportunity to research science concepts such as elasticity, chemistry, light and even geometry!

 

If you’ve ever wondered why bubbles pop, you’re not alone. Other than being poked or landing on something sharp, bubbles pop when the water between the soap film surfaces evaporates. So if you’re blowing bubbles in Florida weather, they may pop quicker than if you were blowing them on a crisp winter day.

 

However, our bubble experts at Orlando Science Center have put together an at-home activity using chemistry to create an un-poppable bubble!

 

Ingredients:

  • A clean glass cup
  • 8 oz of distilled water – Minerals and particulate in normal tap water can hamper the making of larger bubbles, but it can still work if you don’t have distilled.
  • One tablespoon of dish soap – Any type is fine!
  • 0.5 Tablespoon glycerin –  This is what strengthens your bubbles!

 

Steps:

  • Step 1 – Stir all of your ingredients together in the glass cup.
  • Step 2 – Wait! Let the bubble solution sit for 24 hours.
    • Why is time so important? It allows the glycerin to fully mix together with the other ingredients. The glycerin is important for keeping the water from evaporating from your bubble and prematurely popping it.
  • Step 3 – Once your bubble solution is done sitting, put on some gloves and attempt to bounce your bubbles in the palm of your hand!

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