Discovery Station has partnered with the Judy Center of Washington County, Washington County Free Library, The Hub at USMH, and Washington County Reads to bring hands-on STEAM education to the little ones in your life!
Children will love making homemade bubbles and bubble wands! They will also be developing important skills like:
- making observations and predictions (what do you see when the soap and water combine, what happens when you add the corn syrup, what will happen when you use the straw to blow into the mixture, how big of a bubble can you make)
- cooperation (you will be working together and taking turns to do this activity)
- building vocabulary (names of shapes, corn syrup, mixture, solution)
- Liquid dish soap (premeasured 1 cup/8 oz.)
- Corn Syrup (premeasured ½ cup/4 oz.)
- Pipe cleaners
- Measuring cup
- Measure 6 cups (48 ounces) of water into one container, then pour the dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form while you stir.
- Pour the corn syrup into the container. Stir the solution until it is mixed together.
- You can use the solution right away, but to make even better bubbles, put the lid on the container and let your super bubble solution sit overnight.
- To make the bubble wands, bend the pipe cleaners to form different shapes.
- Dip a bubble wand or straw into the mixture, slowly pull it out, wait a few seconds, and then blow. How many bubbles can you make in one breath?
- Pour some of the bubble mixture into a shallow container. Use the straw to blow bubbles in the container. How are these different from the bubbles created using the bubble wands?
Extend the Learning: See how big you can make your bubbles. Dip a wire hanger in the bubble mixture and see if you can make a bubble. What shape is it? What other things can you use to make bubbles?
Books about Bubbles and Shapes:
A,B,Cs of Science by Chris Ferrie
Bubble, Bubble by Mercer Mayer
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss
Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop by Mark Weakland
Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown