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Bubble Juice Home Study

Bubbles are marvelous tools for awakening kids' senses and inviting creative, messy play. Bubbles, like other round objects are one of the many things that naturally inspire feelings of joy in humans, too. In this activity, we welcome your family to participate in our Bubble Juice investigation to inspire joy and experimentation. We hope you enjoy this chance to test out different recipes for bubble juice, observe the different results, and enjoy arriving at your family's favorite recipe!

Feel free to adapt or truncate the recipes too—that is it's own way to play and learn! Here’s how you can start:

The Guide

Step 1: Gather materials
  • Dish washing soap
  • Sugar
  • Glycerin (found in craft and hardware stores)
  • Baking soda or cornstarch
  • Food coloring or colorful spices (e.g. turmeric)
Step 2: Test out Recipe #1 (simple sugar bubbles)
  • Get a large cup or container (mason jars are great for observing).
  • Pour 1/2 cup of dish soap into the container.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • Measure 2 teaspoons of sugar and add it to the water/soap mixture.
  • Gently stir your mixture.
  • Feel, smell and look at the mixture. What do you notice? Record your thoughts in audio or on paper.
  • Go outside and make bubbles! What do you notice about the bubbles? How long do they last? How do they feel/look/behave? 
  • (Optional) Record your observations in audio, video or on paper.
Step 3: Test out Recipe #2 (glycerin bubbles)
  • Get a larger container
  • Pour 1/2 cup of dish soap into the container.
  • Add 4 cups of water.
  • Measure 1-2 tablespoons of glycerin and add it to the water/soap mixture.
  • Measure 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and add it to the water/soap mixture.
  • Gently stir your mixture.
  • Feel, smell and look at the mixture. What do you notice? Record your thoughts in audio or on paper.
  • Go outside and make bubbles! What do you notice about the bubbles? How long do they last? How do they feel/look/behave? 
  • (Optional) Record your observations in audio, video or on paper.
Step 4: Add other things to the bubble juice to make it your own!
  • Starting with the base mix that you like best, add things like food coloring or spices to change the look of the solution.
  • Test out making your own bubble wands using pipe cleaners and sticks.
  • Have fun seeing yourselves as scientists, adding a bit of this or a bit of that to your bubble juice and your bubble play.

Want more joy-inspiring ideas like this? Try out our Giant Bubbles DIY. Or, get play ideas using another joyful round object- balls!

Why is this activity great for kids?

Magical bubbles are an easy entry point to use to inspire joy and experimentation. The freedom to make a mess, try different tools and explore bubbles allows kids to learn about cause and effect and to think freely, helping them form a foundation for creative thinking later on. 

Play with bubbles is wonderfully physical, giving a chance to build gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination as kids chase after and pop bubbles. Kids also develop persistence and grit as they adjust their approach to using various materials to make bubbles.

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