Do you know how to make a square bubble? Bubbles are made from a thin film of soapy water filled with air. When you blow a bubble, the film of soapy water expands outwards to form a sphere. Whatever shape bubble wand you use you’ll always get a spherical bubble.
You can test this by making your own bubble wands in different shapes. We used pipe cleaners and straws.
So, how do you make a square bubble?
It’s a bit of a trick….and is much easier than you think!
How to make a square bubble
What you need:
Materials to make a square frame – pipe cleaners or straws work well
Strong bubble mix – this recipe from Red Ted Art is great.
If you don’t fancy making your own bubble mix we highly recommend a mix from Dr Zigs.
Create a square frame like the one in the image below.
Dip your square frame into the bubble mix, so all side are covered in mix.
Carefully lift out the frame and admire your square bubble.
Why are bubbles round?
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 when you try to blow a bubble through a shaped wand it still becomes a circle.
Why do you see colours inside bubbles?
Light from the sun contains a range of colours all with different wave lengths.
These colours are:
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet
When the light shines through the bubble film it is reflected and dispersed, which splits it into different wave lengths and showing all the colours.
Why is the bubble square?
The soap film sticks to all six sides of the cube, the bubbles on the side push against the middle bubble giving it corners and sides like a cube.
You should notice however that the bubble isn’t a perfect square, it’s still trying to become a sphere and doesn’t have straight lines.
More bubble experiments for kids
Find out which drinks makes the best bubbles.
Make a giant bubble!
Or, find out why honeycomb is full of bubbles!!