for Bubble Day
students will follow a recipe to create their own bubble
mixture and create their own structure for a bubble wand.
- Use the following recipe
and ingredients: 1/4 C. of dishwashing soap (Dawn«
or Joy« appears to work the best), 4 C. of
water, and 1 T. of glycerin (optional). (There
are other recipes on the internet sites listed on the Bubble
Day Homepage. You may want to experiment
ahead of time to see what works best for
you.) The recipe may be modified to make
more or less solution, depending on the size of the
class. Also, decide ahead of time whether the
students will be working together as a whole class, in
small groups, or individually to make the
solution. Have the recipe written on chart paper
or the blackboard for all the students to view.
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Tablespoon
- A large container (a
bucket or large bowl, for example) to mix the solution
- Smaller containers (paper
cups, for example) for each student to have some
of their own bubble solution.
- View the following links
for ideas on materials to make bubble wands Bubble
Geometry, or Bubble
Town. Collect some items for the students to
create their own bubble wands, as discussed in the
above links: straws, 2 pieces of regular white paper
rolled into a cone shape, pipe cleaners, toilet paper
- Discuss with the students
how part of science is mixing ingredients to create
new end products. Explain to them that they are
going to make their own bubble solution.
- Pass out the materials to
individual students, groups of students, or work as a
whole class to follow the recipe and make the final
- Once the solution is
complete, tell the students they will be creating
their own bubble wands to blow the bubbles.
Share with them the materials which have been
gathered. Depending on the age of the students,
either allow them to pick their own material and
create their own design, or have younger children
follow specific steps to create a bubble wand.
- Go outside and test the
solution and the wands! Have a discussion on which
wands work the best. Why do they think that
is? Discuss how wands that are not circular in
shape still create spherical bubbles. An answer
for this can be found at Why
are bubbles round?, (which may be slightly
advanced for the understanding of young children.)
- Test whether it's easier
to catch a bubble on a wet finger or a dry finger.
- Collect some different
bubble solution recipes and test them out. Which
ones make the best bubbles?