How to make giant bubbles

Today we’ve been finding out how to make giant bubbles!

The best giant bubble mixture

I tried the bubbles first using ordinary bubble mixture, which didn’t work at all, so I turned to Red Ted Art for some help. We made the bubble mixture following the recipe here, and it worked amazingly well.

Giant bubbles

We made our own bubble wands using some string and straws, this photo shows our mini version.

Bubble Wand

The big version made these giant bubbles!

Giant bubbles

We even used a tube to make a bubble pipe. I didn’t think this would work, but it was fantastic. We used the inside of a roll of wrapping paper so it was quite a long tube and made a satisfying noise as the bubble popped out.

bubbles

Make a giant bubble

Try using a hula hoop as a giant bubble wand. We used a tuff spot to stand in. You can see how our bubble is bending because of the wind, so it’s best to try this on a still day. As a safety precaution I’d also recommend wearing safety goggles in case the bubble pops in little eyes.

giant bubble wand

Questions to ask

Can you see the rainbow effect on the bubbles?

This is because light from the sun contains a range of colours all with different wave lengths that when together form white light.

These colours are:

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and violet

When the White light shines through the film of the bubble, the light is reflected and dispersed, splitting white light into its different wave length and showing all the colours!

Is it easier to blow big bubbles or small bubbles?

Do you think the film of soapy bubble water is more likely to break the bigger it is and more it stretches?

Do you think you could make different shaped bubbles, or do they always end up round?

Bubbles consist of a thin film of soapy water filled with air. When you blow a bubble, the film expands outward. The forces acting between the molecules of the bubble cause it to form the shape that encloses the most volume with the least surface area — a sphere. That is why all the shapes become a circle.

How to make giant bubbles

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There are 7 comments

  1. Tired Mummy of Two

    I have been meaning to do this all summer holidays. We had a great set that we bought last year. It was just two bamboo sticks and some string with the bubble mixture!

    I will make our own again and you have inspired me to do it soon

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