Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

Let me start by apologizing in advance for all the photos, but testing our homemade bubble solutions was such an amazing experience!!  This is MUST-TRY simple science for kids, and you probably have all of the ingredients to get started RIGHT NOW in your kitchen pantry!!  I hope the photos relay just how awesome this science project was for us, and how much fun the kids had blowing the bubbles and testing out the various homemade bubble solutions we created.

Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

homemade bubble solutions

Bubble Solution Recipes

To begin, we created 6 different bubble solutions to try out.  We created honey, corn syrup, molasses, sugar, red gel food coloring, and vegetable oil bubbles.

homemade bubble solutions

To make each solution, we mixed 1 cup of water, 1/3 cup of dish detergent, and 1/6 cup of the special ingredient (honey, corn syrup, molasses, sugar, or vegetable oil).  For the food coloring, we just added a big squeeze of red gel food coloring.  

homemade bubble solutions

We mixed our solutions in wide mouth mason jars, screwed the tops on, and shook to mix.  I labeled the lids so we’d remember which was which.

bubble jars

Preparing to Blow Bubbles

After we made all our solutions, we gathered lots of various bubble wands.  Aren’t they adorable??  

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These are the ones from Melissa & Doug that we tried out:

homemade bubble solutions

homemade bubble solutions

homemade bubble solutions

homemade bubble solutions

Then we took everything to the back yard and set up our science station on the kids’ plastic picnic table.  I had the kids look at the various liquids and make a guess as to which would work the best.  Luke guessed sugar and Lilah guessed honey.  

Testing our Homemade Bubble Solutions

After we’d made our hypotheses, I opened up the jars of bubble solution and the kids started testing by blowing with individual wands.

homemade bubble solutions

The Verdie Chameleon Bubble Blower worked best for the kids as they aren’t very good at the single-circle “standard” bubble wands yet.  

homemade bubble solutions

The Mollie Bubble Buddy squeeze critter also did okay.  It was clear right away that some of the bubble solutions worked better than others; some barely worked at all, like the molasses.

Before long, we moved to the Bollie Ladybug big bubble wand set, and it was truly amazing!!  

homemade bubble solutions

The three of us took turns with it.  We’d dump a homemade bubble solution into the tray and each of us would take a turn testing it out.

homemade bubble solutions

We went through all 6 solutions, each taking a turn.  

homemade bubble solutions

Meanwhile, whoever wasn’t blowing would run around chasing and popping the bubbles.  

reaching for bubbles

Conclusions about our Homemade Bubble Solutions

After we had exhausted our 6 bubble solutions and most of our energy…

homemade bubble solutions

…we made some conclusions about our bubble solutions.  The molasses solution barely worked at all, and was actually pretty slimy and gross.  The red food coloring bubbles did actually look red when blown, but also did not work as well as we had hoped.  

homemade bubble solutions

The vegetable oil bubbles were just okay, but the honey, corn syrup, and sugar bubbles all did REALLY well.  

homemade bubble solutions

It’s hard to say which was best because honestly as we got more and more into it…

catching bubbles

…it was less about science and more about just living the experience.  

We hope you will try it, too!!  And be sure to have your camera ready!!

homemade bubble solutions

 Check back tomorrow for EVEN MORE photos of our bubble fun.  There were just too many good ones!!

See our other Bubble Science posts:

Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Melissa & Doug.  All thoughts, opinions, and activities expressed here are my own and are never swayed by compensation or free products.


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