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Frozen Bubble Experiment

There are so many beautiful things to see in winter – freshly fallen snow, the northern lights, crystal clear frozen lakes. Some of these are hard to find – but you can create your own winter beauty without leaving home!

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Plan

  • What supplies do you need for this activity? 
  • Will you use store-bought bubble solution or homemade? 
  • Where will you do this activity? 
  • It needs to be pretty cold for this experiment to work (-10C or below is ideal). Is it cold enough to try this experiment?  

Do

  • For this activity, you can use store-bought bubble solution, or make your own using one part water, four parts dish soap and a dash of light corn syrup. 
  • Try to do this on a day with calm winds – strong winds will pop the bubble or blow it away before it can freeze properly.  
  • Blow bubbles into the air – watch them closely! Do you see ice crystals forming? Follow them to the ground and see what happens when they land! 

Review

  • Did you experiment work? Why or why not? 
  • If your experiment didn’t work, what would you change next time?  

Materials

  • Bubble solution 
  • Bubble wands  

Keep it Simple

  • Try making frozen spheres! They’re not quite as finicky as snow bubbles when it comes to temperature, so they’re a great way to learn about freezing temperatures while keeping it simple  

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