Bubbles are one of the most fun things to play with…but what colour are they?
Transparent? Clear? See-through?
How about if you could make your bubbles all the colours of the rainbow?
Well you can in this very simple experiment.
How to make rainbow bubbles
An empty clear bottle
Washing up liquid
An overcast day (works best)I
Fill the bottle about three-quarters full with water
Add a squirt (scientific measuring there) of washing up liquid
Quickly tip the bottle and pour the water out fast.
You will find that the bottle is left full of bubbles.
These will look clear and normal, to begin with but place the bottle on a windowsill and wait and watch over the next 30 seconds.
You will find that the bubbles will start to show signs of colour that will get stronger and stronger and that each bubble will look like it has been coloured like a rainbow!
Why can you see a rainbow in bubbles?
Visible Light from the sun is known as white light. It contains a range of colours, all with different wavelengths that, when together, form white light.
The colours of the rainbow are:
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Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and violet
When white light from the sun shines through the film of the bubbles, the light is reflected and dispersed, splitting white light into its different wavelengths, revealing all the colours of the rainbow!
Last Updated on May 2, 2023 by Emma Vanstone
It’s been raining for days here,and overcast would be an understatement, so we’ll have to try this out! Thanks for sharing!
Let us know if you like it!
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky
Such a simple idea, but so much learning. Love it!
How simple, my toddler will definitely enjoy the experience and me the lack of mess. Thanks for sharing!
So glad you liked it!
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The weathers not too great here this week and I have a great big bottle of bubble mix in the cupboard. I think they may be coming out today :0)
let us know how you got on.
easy and fun thanks for sharing
Glad you liked them x
FUN! We love bubbles – can’t wait to try this version, thanks.
Have fun! x
How very pretty! So easy to do, too!
Super easy! thats what we like. x
jackie @ happy hooligans
Wow! This is so cool! We’ll be doing this for sure! (and I’ve never hear the Richard of York phrase! We say Roy G. Biv, but quite honestly, when I was a kid, I used to get mixed up and say Roy B. Giv so it wasn’t a sure-fire way to remember the order for me lol)
Very fun and yet simple (doable) idea! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try this with my kids.
let us know how you get on!
maggy, red ted art
Oooh great explanation. We do love bubbles and the rainbow is always such a special magical part of them.
Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
Maggy & Alissa
Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum
What a great way to show the visible light experiment and no need for prisms or light boxes 😀
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Oh, this looks like so much fun!! We will definitely have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!
So easy as well! Just minutes and really effective.
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