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Can You Catch a Bubble?

Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Material properties, surface tension, hydrophobicity
catching bubbles on your fingers

Introduction

Have you ever tried to catch a bubble without popping it? It's hard! What materials can you use to successfully catch a bubble? Do some materials work better than others? Try this activity to find out.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Bubble solution. You can buy some or make your own at home with water (preferably distilled), dish soap, and glycerin or corn syrup (see Prep Work section).
  • Small bowl or container to hold your bubble solution if you make your own
  • Bubble wand
  • Different materials to test such as aluminum foil, wax paper, printer paper, plastic wrap, wood, plastic bags or food storage containers, metal pots and pans, tables, counter tops, etc. You can try any material that you can find around your house!
  • Tap water
  • Paper towels

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Material properties, surface tension, hydrophobicity