Unbreakable bubbles

Overview

Bubbles are made of three layers. When those layers are reinforced, the bubble is able to live its best life and keep rocking into the night.

Chemicals

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*Note: The vegetable glycerin can be purchased from a hobby store, such as Hobby Lobby.

Materials

  • Glass beaker

  • Eye dropper

  • Small beaker

Procedure

TIP: Wear cotton gloves while catching the balloons.  

1. Combine water, soap and glycerin in glass beaker using stirring rod.

2. Remove the black end of the eye dropper, place in the beaker and blow on other end to make a bubble.

The Science Behind the Reaction

A bubble is made of three layers, with the final outside layer being reinforced by the glycerin.  The thicker skin of the glycerin bubbles keeps the water from evaporating as quickly, so they last longer. It also makes them stronger, so you can blow bigger bubbles. 

Keep Experimenting!

I nose you are going to love this one…Make several batches in different containers and add a smell to each of them. Blow the bubbles and see if you can identify which smell it is.