Kids love blowing bubbles so learning, while you play, doesn’t get any better with this easy to set up 3D bubble shapes activity. Awesome STEM project for kids using a few simple ingredients. Follow our easy bubble recipe and make your own homemade 3D bubble wands too! There’s nothing better than fun science any time of the year!
CAN BUBBLES BE DIFFERENT SHAPES?
Bubbles, bubble blowing, homemade bubble wands, and 3D bubble structures are all an incredible way to explore bubble science any day of the year. Make your own homemade bubble solution (see below) or use store bought bubble solution.
Have fun crafting these 3D bubble shape structures and flex those geometry and STEM skills. Can you make a 3D bubble? How do bubbles work?
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STEM FOR KIDS
What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. A good STEM activity uses 2 or more pillars of the STEM acronym. Kids can take away extremely valuable life lessons from STEM activities. Find more quick and easy STEM projects for kids.
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Check out how easy STEM can be with young kids! We have plenty more playful science activities to try with your junior scientists. I love how simple science can spark curiosity and experimentation. Kids always have so many questions and love to think of neat solutions.
3D BUBBLE SHAPES ACTIVITY
A few quick supplies and you are good to go. You can use a pre-made bubble solution or you can make your own homemade bubble solution. The recipe is below!
YOU WILL NEED
- Pipe Cleaners
- Glue Gun (Optional)
- Bubble Solution
HOMEMADE BUBBLE SOLUTION
- 1/2 cup of Light Corn Syrup
- 1 cup of Dawn Dish Soap
- 3 cups of water
Mix your ingredients together in a jar or plastic container and you are ready to use.
CAN YOU MAKE DIFFERENT BUBBLE SHAPES?
Can you make and blow 3D shape bubbles? Let’s find out!
Use your pipe cleaners and straws to form 3D shapes such as a pyramid or cube. You can also hot glue straws together if you don’t want to use pipe cleaners to join the straws.
You can either make your shapes 2D or 3D.
See how to make 2D bubble wands here.
If you make your bubble wand shapes 3D, you’ll be able to use them as a structure for making shaped bubbles but…
Will the bubble shapes still come out the same spherical shape or not?
Ask your kids if they think the bubbles will all come out the same every time or if they think they will come out different shapes. Most young kids will say that the bubbles will come out different shapes depending on the bubble wand they use.
Science with young kids is all about asking questions! Your job is to encourage questions, exploration, and self-discovery! Plan activities that really give kids the opportunity to get hands-on with learning!
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Invite the kids to experiment with the homemade bubble structures, wands and shapes to explore bubble science.
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CAN BUBBLES BE DIFFERENT SHAPES?
Did you find that your bubbles always ended up being blown into a sphere shape? Why is that? It’s all due to surface tension.
A bubble is formed when air gets trapped inside the bubble solution. The air tries to push its way out of the bubble, but the liquid in the bubble solution wants to have the least amount of surface area, due to the clinging properties of liquid molecules.
Water molecules prefer bonding with other water molecules, which is why water gathers in drops instead of just spreading out.
A sphere is the least amount of surface area for the volume of what is contained inside the sphere (in this case, air). So bubbles will always form circles no matter the shape of the bubble wand.
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