Fun winter science doesn’t have to mean freezing temperatures and snow drifts as high as the eye can see. Instead you can opt for simple science with a winter them like Frosty the Snowman (without the snow)! For this experiment we created a winter bubble science activity sure to keep the kids busy with plenty of play and hands-on learning too.
FROSTY’S WINTER BUBBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
WINTER THEME SCIENCE WITH BUBBLES
Our winter science ideas collection has really expanded to include both real snow science as well as snow-free science experiments making it a wonderful resource for wherever you live in whatever climate!
The kids can easily stay inside for this winter bubble science experiment. If you have the opportunity to take this activity outside in the cold weather, you can also explore a frozen bubbles science experiment too!
WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
These make great winter science activities for preschoolers through second grade! You can also check out a sample of our NEWEST winter science activities below:
SUPPLIES FOR BUBBLE SCIENCE
Here’s where you can let the kids get creative with designing their snowman cups and choosing materials to complete those designs.
- White Paper/Plastic Cups
- Orange Pipe Cleaner
- Orange Foam Paper
- Black Sharpie
- Google Eyes
- Red, Green, or Blue Straws
- An adhesive material (hot glue, glue, tape)
- 1 cup water
4 tablespoons dish soap
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
SET UP WINTER BUBBLE SCIENCE ACTIVITY
You can let the kids have a great time getting crafty with their individual snowman cups. Whether you use just markers or get out all the supplies, doesn’t matter for the experiment itself. Orange foam paper, google eyes, stickers, and anything you have around make great snowman accessories.
You can make up your bubble solution ahead of time or have the kids help you measure and mix!
Add bubble solution and a straw to each snowman cup!
Now for the fun and science part! Let the kids blow bubbles. You may want to make sure they know not to suck up the solution but instead blow into the straw!
BUBBLE SCIENCE FOR KIDS
What is a bubble?
A bubble is simply air surrounded by a thin soapy film. A bubble will always become a sphere once it’s sealed shut! No matter what shape it started as.
Why do bubbles stick together like you see here?
A bubble wants to minimize its surface area, so it will join together to share one common wall. The bubbles will pop when the water in the soapy film evaporates. In cold weather, take this activity outside and see if you can create a frozen bubble tower!
Do you see a rainbow in a bubble?
A bubble gets its color from light waves reflecting between the soap film’s surfaces. Bubbles can also reflect what’s around them, like the faces peering at them.
Can You make different shape bubbles?
Go ahead and see how we experimented with geometric shape bubbles here. However, bubbles prefer to be the smallest shape possible even though you can stretch them out. Even if you have a neat shape going, once the bubble seals itself it will become the smallest sphere possible again.
Why do bubbles stick together?
Did you blow up a huge bubble tower and wonder how all the bubbles stick to each other without simply popping? Bubbles like to join together to reduce surface area, so they share a wall. Can you see how several bubbles join together all using the same wall?
MAKE IT A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
Do all bubble solutions produce big bubble towers or even bubbles at all? What about just dish soap and water? Mix up several different bubble solutions to determine which solution works the best!
Add even more cool STEM. Who can build the tallest bubble tower? Get out the measuring tape and see if you can create the tallest bubble tower possible.