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Blowing the Best Bubbles

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by Teisha Rowland, PhD
Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
chemistry, bubbles, surface tension, evaporation
bubble

Introduction

If you have ever tried to make bubbles using plain water, you may have seen that it does not work. This is because the surface tension of water is too high. When detergent is added to water, it lowers the surface tension so that bubbles can form. Other things can be added to this mixture, such as corn syrup or glycerin, to make a solution that is even better for creating bubbles. In this science activity, you will find out which solution creates the best bubbles!

Credits

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Permanent marker
  • Masking tape
  • Pipe cleaners (3)
  • Timer
  • Large cups or jars with a wide opening (3)
  • Measuring cups
  • Tablespoon measurers
  • Liquid dishwashing soap, e.g. Dawn or Joy
  • Distilled water. This is available at grocery stores.
  • Glycerin (small bottle). This is available at a drugstore or pharmacy.
  • Light corn syrup
    Materials for finding the best bubble blowing recipe.
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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
chemistry, bubbles, surface tension, evaporation