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Unpoppable Bubble Recipe with Free Printable

Kids love making bubbles! I mean REALLY love bubbles. Below you’ll find a great video demonstrating how to create your own unpoppable bubble solution and a printable recipe. It’s easy, and you probably already have the ingredients you need. (And if you don’t, it’s super easy to find them!)

This would make a fun science activity to do with your child, or use at a science-themed birthday party, or at the beach or the park, or even right in your own house on a rainy day. You could even  make this an incredible science experiment by adjusting some of the variables in the recipe to see what the impact is on the bubbles. Plus, you can easily turn this activity into a math activity as well! Just let your child help you measure and mix the needed ingredients.

So go ahead and make your own unpoppable bubbles and beat the evaporation odds with this DIY science experiment.

What is a bubble?

Bubbles are simply a pocket of air wrapped in a thin film of soap.  The bubbles children play with are usually just filled with air, but bubbles can technically be filled with any gas. Bubbles are actually have three layers… A very thin layer of water is sandwiched between two layers of soap molecules. Each soap molecule is oriented so that its polar (hydrophilic) head faces the water, while its hydrophobic hydrocarbon tail extends away from the water layer. (thank you Thoughtco.com for that very technical definition).  A bubble will attempt to become a sphere. Why? Because this shape requires the least energy to achieve.​ But when bubbles stack, they will merge walls to minimize their surface area. When same size bubbles meet, the wall that separates them will be flat. When bubbles that are different sizes meet,  the smaller bubble will bulge into the large bubble. Bubbles meet to form walls at an angle of 120 degrees, but if a bunch of bubbles meet, the cells will form hexagons.

Making Stronger Bubbles

Using water, corn syrup, and dish soap, you’ll create a bubble you can actually hold in your hand. Prepare to be wowed by the magic of science. You know your kiddos will love this science hack!! And you can improvise or use the microfiber gloves and plastic pipettes recommended in the video to make your unpoppable bubble solution. Either way, you’ll have lots of fun.

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And don’t forget to scroll all the way down for the free printable recipe.

 


Below you’ll find a printable recipe for making your own unpoppable bubbles! Have fun!

Your kiddos will love making these unpoppable bubbles!

About the author

Trish

Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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    • Max ~ I’m sure any number of us would be glad to mail you a bottle of corn syrup! If the regular sugar doesn’t work (doubtful) give us a shout out and our family will get a package off to you ASAP!!

  • Do you need to use microfiber gloves? What about using regular plastic gloves? I’m a teacher & trying to save some money when I do this activity with my class during our Potion Lab day!

    • Hi Kim! The microfiber gloves are not necessary. I think they were just for the purpose of showing that the bubbles are hard to pop. 🙂

    • We haven’t tried it in a bubble machine, but I’m not sure it would be a great idea. The bubble machine I’ve used included very thin bubble formula which makes me think this thicker formula might cause a bubble machine to clog up.

  • We tried a similar recipe and while they did eventually pop, they left behind a sort of ‘ghost bubble’. It was really cool, almost like when you pop a bubble from gum. Really neat. I’m going to try this recipe next!

    • I’m sorry! I’m not sure what’s wrong. My bubbles did great when I used the recipe. I suppose it could have to do with the humidity or even the brand of dish soap or corn syrup you used. I would probably try buying different brands to see if that helps. Good luck!

    • My bubbles didn’t work either! I tried adding more soap and more corn syrup and it still didn’t work. In the end, I added glycerin that I had from a science kit and that seemed to help a lot.

      • I think it must have something to do with the humidity and other weather conditions in your area. It’s good to know that adding glycerin helped them work for you.

  • You can use regular white sugar, and distilled water with either dawn, joy, or palmolive soap worked best for me. Just when you mix it make sure it doesnt form bubbles. It has to be kinda thick.

  • I haven’t tried this yet… but I am a little hesitant because I don’t want to sugar or corn syrup to attract ants wherever the bubbles land. Has anyone noticed this being a problem?

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