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. However, I have a fun science trick to share today showing you how to make a square bubble and it’s much easier than you might think.
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.
Can you make a square bubble?
This easy activity shows you a little trick for making a square bubble.
What you need to make a square bubble
Materials to make a square frame – pipe cleaners or straws work well
How to make a square bubble
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 does this happen?
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 “square bubble” isn’t a perfect square, it’s still trying to become a sphere and doesn’t have straight lines.