Kids love blowing bubbles so learning while you play doesn’t get any better with this easy to set up geometric bubble STEM activity. Awesome summer STEM with an easy going activity kids already love. Explore surface tension while you blow bubbles! Make your own homemade bubble solution too! There’s nothing better then homemade science any time of the year.
GEOMETRIC BUBBLE STEM ACTIVITY
Bubble blowing is chemistry! I love how playful science can be for young kids without even going into depth of the science concepts involved. Bubbles are a wondrous thing for kids. chasing after them, blowing them, watching the light reflect a rainbow of colors…
I think it’s awesome that we can share simple science with kids with ordinary, every day materials. This special geometric bubbles STEM Activity combines a bit of math, engineering, and science building geometric bubble wands.
STEM FOR KIDS
What is STEM? STEM activities, STEM challenges, and STEM projects all involve the same principles: 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. See more simple and fun STEM ideas here.
CHEMISTRY FOR KIDS
What is chemistry? Let’s keep it basic for our younger or junior scientists! Chemistry is all about the way different materials are put together, and how they are made up including atoms and molecules. It’s also how these materials act under different conditions. Chemistry is often a base for physics so you will see overlap!
What might you experiment with in chemistry? Classically we think of a mad scientist and lots of bubbling beakers, and yes there are reaction between bases and acids to enjoy! Also, chemistry involves matter, changes, solutions, and the list goes on and on.
We will be exploring simple chemistry you can do at home or in the classroom that isn’t too crazy, but is still lots of fun for kids! You can check out some more chemistry activities here.
SET UP YOUR GEOMETRIC BUBBLE STEM 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!
HOMEMADE BUBBLE SOLUTION
1/2 cup of Light Corn Syrup
1 cup of Dawn Dish Soap
3 cups of water
AWESOME BUBBLE SCIENCE
Why can’t bubbles be other shapes? It’s all due to surface tension.
A bubble is formed when air gets trapped inside 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.
GEOMETRIC SHAPE BUBBLES?
Can you blow geometric shape bubbles?
Use your pipe cleaners to form different shapes from bubbles. You can either make your shapes 2D or 3D.
If you make your shapes 3D, you’ll be able to use them as a structure for making shaped bubbles, otherwise, the bubbles will come out round no matter what shape the wand is.
Ask the kids if they think the bubbles will all come out the same shape or if they think they will come out different shapes. Most young kids will say that the bubbles should come out in the same shape as the wand.
Science with young kids is all about asking questions! Encourage questions, exploration, and self discovery!
Invite the kids to experiment with the homemade bubble wands and let them explore the bubbles. The kids will quickly come to realize that there is only one shape of bubble.
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.
EASY GEOMETRIC BUBBLE STEM ACTIVITY FOR KIDS!
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