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!)
Educational Ideas for the Unpoppable Bubble Recipe
- This would make a fun science activity to do with your child.
- You could use this at a science-themed birthday party.
- Add some fun to your play day at the beach or the park.
- Add some science fun 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.
- Or you could easily turn this activity into a math activity! 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?
A bubble is 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 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.)
Shapes Bubbles Like
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 many 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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Download Your Own Unpoppable Bubble Recipe!
Below you’ll find a printable recipe for making your own unpoppable bubbles! Have fun!
Hi. Where I live we don’t have corn syrup for some reason. So I just wonder if you can use regular syrup?
Emilie, I’m not sure!! That would be a great way to add that scientific element to it. Make it an experiment!! Let us know if it works!!
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!!
Max ~ I meant to say, “If the regular SYRUP doesn’t work . . . . . ”
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. 🙂
Can you use this formula in a bubble machine?
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.
Can you use a plastic straw?
Probably so! I haven’t tried it, but it would be worth a try. 🙂
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!
Let us know how it works for you! 🙂
what happens if u stick a needle to it
I haven’t tried that! You might want to give it a try and let us know. 🙂
What would happen if I made a bunch of these to fill up a pool? Would they pop when kids played in it?
These bubbles are very sticky, so I don’t think it would work well. I think the kids would end up being sticky messes!
My bubbles keep popping, added more soap , still popping added more corn syrup still popping
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?
Gracias desde México, quiero hacerlo para mi nieto de seis años quien pasa conmigo esta cuarentena.
Salud para todos.